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To: Montana_Sam

Interesting article, but I’d like to zero in on one point.
The author writes, “Those who argue that jihadi groups represent the ‘essence’ of Islam actually reflect a very Western way of thinking. Wittingly or unwittingly, they presume a scripturalist interpretation of Islam, imagining that we can explain Islamic terrorism by drawing a straight line between authoritative texts and the actions of jihadists. To prove their point, these Islam-is-the-problem critics tend to link specific acts of jihadi groups to a string of references from Islamic scripture, traditions, legal texts, and Muslim scholarly opinions. Perversely, this sola scriptura approach is no different from the jihadists’ own ‘Qur’an and sunna alone’ approach. The truth about religious lives is not so simple. The vast majority of Christians and Muslims don’t live by sola scriptura, or by Qur’an and sunna alone...”

The quran is not in the same league as any sayings or traditions in Islam. Nor is it analogous to Christian scripture, neither Old nor New Testament. Muslims regard the quran as a message direct from Heaven, not written by any human being. The illiterate Muhammad was merely the vehicle and is analogous to the Virgin Mary, via whom God conveyed His message. A pure (illiterate, virginal) vessel of the Word. In Christianity the message is the person of Jesus, in Islam the message is the quran. Imperfect humans made later contributions and all these are due honor but are not of themselves holy. Christians may interpret the scriptures, muslims may interpret the sunnah. But the perfection, the divinity of the quran, like the divinity of Jesus, is the core of the religion and beyond any discussion.

(For this reason, comparisons of the legitimacy of violence in the Bible with those in the quran are invalid.)


13 posted on 12/08/2015 6:04:27 AM PST by Buttons12
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To: Buttons12

OK. But. Adherence to Islam is a choice, strictly enforced. Whether the adherents pick and choose (cafeteria Muslims) or are strict interpretationalists is their choice, too. And either way they choose, bad things happen to all around them, and subsequently to themselves.


15 posted on 12/08/2015 6:20:17 AM PST by Montana_Sam (Truth lives.)
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