Islam: Can it be moderated?
I have heard numerous friends and commentators argue that Islam can be "reformed" and "modernised". The argue along the lines of: Take Islam, then take out the nasty bits which advocate war against the Kufar (infidels), the advocacy of marrying girls at the age of six (as Mohammed is recorded as doing in the Haddiths), the condoned abuse of one's wife....
You see where this is going don't you?
So can one reform Islam, like Luther and his compatriates did with Christianity? I dare say, that once you start removing all the nasty bits contained in the Qu'ran, Hadiths and Suras, you don't have much left. You don't have much of Islam left. You don't have Islam. The term "reforming Islam" is a misnomer.
Two interesting articles on this topic:
- Dhimmiwatch considers the plight of a former Egyptian Muslim who has converted to Christianity. It summarises the way in which the teachings of Islam have contributed to harshen his plight. Pray for him.
- The Sydney Anglican church has a feature article on its website on how a possible reformation of Islam can be done, if at all.