Those who wish for a Reformation within Islam are already getting it.
With all due respect, the only substantive true statement in Mr. Rodriguez's essay is that change within Islam can occur only as Muslims themselves make it happen.
The most grievous error in this essay is assuming that a Muslim reformation would be similar to the Christian one. The Christian Reformation was a movement not toward pluralism or tolerance (or any other multiculturalist Newspeak); it was a movement away from man-made doctrines and toward the Word of Christ, the Bible.
At least in the case of Luther (others had their own agendas), God's Word was the only rule for life and doctrine.
There is a similar "reformation" occurring with Islam. After a century of ignorance, Infidel domination and occupation, and a paucity of resources, there is a return to the commands of Allah and the example of Mohammed.
Aided by Western self-loathing, historical illiteracy, political correctness, and the greatest transfer of wealth in human history (with the discovery of oil under Muslim lands), Islam is reasserting itself as the devout return to the rule of Allah as revealed in Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira.
What does a return to Islam's "sacred" texts mean for non-Muslims? Only more of this:"the Messenger of Allah . . . would say: 'Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. . . . When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. . . . Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. . . . If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them . . .'" (Muslim Book 019, Number 4294).Be careful of that for which you wish.
"fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . " (Qur’an 9:5).
"Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers . . . " (Qur'an 9:14).
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued" (Qur'an 9:29).
"Allah's Apostle said: 'I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle . . . '" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
An Islamic "reformation"? You're soaking in it