posted on Mar, 27 2006 @ 02:03 PM
Islam is a non-centralized religion. That is, there is no central authority that governs Islamic teaching. There is no "Vatican" for Islam.
Anyone who reads the Koran and memorizes passages, it would seem, can become an Imaam. Please correct me if I am wrong because I really do not know.
I am only expressing what I can discern from a number of sources which, instead of clarifying things, only make things more confused. And this is,
essentially my point. Islam is a religion of interpretation. What one Imaam says about something is not always what another Imaam might say.
A close friend of mine is from Afghanistan. He has described situations in Afghanistan where the Imaams do not even know how to read the Koran. But
it is easy for some of the more clever Imaams to simply lie and express their own beliefs and to say that this is what is written in their Holy
Except for sectarian divisions between Moslems, there does not seem to be any legislative body, so to speak, where the Koran is interpreted and held
to a standard to which everyone can agree. Of course, Islam is open to varying interpretations because in many areas, the rate of illiteracy is
extremely high. And for some, being Islamic means to maintain a blend of cultural superstition and the main, basic, tenets of the Koran all under the
guidance of an Imaam who may or may not even know how to read or understand the teachings of the Prophet.
Naturally, Christians also have this problem in interpreting the Bible. But, and I only say this because I am Christian, Christianity seems to be
less confusing in the interpretation process. At least in Christianity, according to different sects, there seems to be a governing body to proclaim
and enforce the proper teachings of the beliefs proscribed.