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Columnist In Jordanian Daily: ISIS 'Did Not Invent A New Islam'
In his February 10, 2015 column in the English-language Jordanian daily Jordan Times, titled "We Have a Problem", attorney and columnist Zaid Nabulsi wrote that Muslims must not just protest that "Islam is innocent" of terrorists' actions but must also acknowledge that the extremism of terrorist organizations like ISIS emanates directly from the teachings of Wahhabi Islam that now permeate the Sunni world, and from messages spread by the Muslim Brotherhood and by prominent clerics like International Union of Muslim Scholars head Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi. He added that Muslims must be brave enough not merely to condemn the ideology of the terrorists, but also to renounce Islamic texts that are incompatible with basic human values, including certain hadiths that are erroneously attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, as well as the writings of certain prominent medieval scholars, such as Ibn Taymiyyah.
"[But] this negative image of Muslims is not all just smoke and no fire. This is what those 120 Islamic scholars who sent a letter to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi last year could not fathom. [ISIS] did not invent a new Islam. On the contrary, its followers are strict adherents of the same textbooks quoted in that long letter (bizarrely addressed to 'Dr Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri,' Baghdadi’s real name, bestowing intellectual respectability upon this mass murderer, as if one were writing a letter to the mayor of Copenhagen). In fact, the scholars’ letter was a misguided attempt to disinfect Wahhabism, to cleanse it from itself, by claiming that IS simply misinterpreted texts that are otherwise compatible with human decency. In that sense, the letter squabbled over the semantics of the alleged instructions by the Prophet to spread Islam by the sword, but it did not dare renounce the authenticity of those same sayings...
"If we really want to defend Islam as a religion of mercy, if we really want to be believed when we proclaim the innocence of this religion, we need to do more than just repeat this meaningless mantra about us having nothing to do with [ISIS]. We have to muster the courage to identify the specific texts that actually defame Islam, denounce them and permanently cleanse Islamic tradition of them."
world-renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Abou El Fadl joins us in the studio to discuss the recent displays of barbarity and murder done in the name of Islam, as well as the execution-style murders of three young Muslims in America whose killing is still being attributed to a parking dispute even though the contested parking spot was empty at the time the young students were executed by their neighbor. Dr. El Fadl is a Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law and Chair of Islamic Studies at the UCLA School of Law, who served on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom and on the board of directors for Human Rights Watch. His books include “The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists”, “The Search for Beauty in Islam” and his latest just out is, “Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari’ah in the Modern Age”.
“Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari’ah in the Modern Age”.
“The Search for Beauty in Islam”
He talks about the 'Wadhabbis' co-opting Islam and as the fundamentalist basis for extreme Islam.
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originally posted by: tothetenthpower
Religions evolve over time. Islam is next to go through that transition, but the writers here are correct. Moderate Muslims and academics have to come together and denounce these texts that are not in line with current Muslim values.
What more must they do?
think the reason Christianity evolved is because regions became more stable.
I have seen website after website with Muslim scholars explaining that the violent texts were written in a different time, and shouldn't be applied literally anymore. What more must they do?
originally posted by: kaylaluv
We'll have to rip the Old Testament out of the Bible as well. We should have a public burning of it. Most of it is horrible, violent, intolerant. Just because we don't have a rash of stonings by Christians at this moment, doesn't mean it couldn't happen, based on the Old Testament. It's in there, and stonings are highly encouraged/required. We all know that by taking the Old Testament and shoving it into oblivion, this will immediately eliminate any possibility of future violence in the name of Christianity. Right?
originally posted by: ketsuko
We aren't the ones marching people down to the sea to slit their throats because they professed the wrong faith, tossing them off of building tops because they might have slept with the wrong gender, crucifying people for being thieves before shooting them in the head, slaughtering men and handing their women over to be breeding slaves, or burning them alive.