Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Rabia Kazan: "This is not my Allah"

As reported in an article titled "Turkish journalist Rabia Kazan launches 'This is not my Allah' global campaign against extremism" (International Civil Liberties Alliance), we learn that Ms. Kazan speaks out against radical Islam, which she considers a perversion of genuine Islam:
As someone raised in Islam, I am horrified to my core to see killings and persecution in the name of Allah. Does Allah wish for child marriage, which is essentially rape? Does Allah want to make Muslim women into whores [through the practice of nikah mut'ah, i.e., temporary marriage]? Does Allah sanction the beheadings of innocents [just because they're not Muslim]? Does Allah glory in the spilling of blood? Does Allah believe that non-Muslims are infidels? There is a dangerous perversion of an old and noble religion in our time and sadly, not enough resistance. I want to empower people to speak out against this perversion; I want to end the silence. That is where This is Not My Allah comes in. (Bracketed expansions mine. - HJH)
Here's her website: "This is not my Allah!" I'm all for moderate Muslims raising their voices against militant Islam . . . but what if support for this militant sort of Islam has a strong textual basis in the official sources of Islam and its law? What are moderate Muslims then to do?

Leave Islam?

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At 9:29 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

People have long talked about how, if there's to be any substantive change in Islam, such change must come from within. Apostates won't be able to effect change, so I'd venture that it's better for moderates like Kazan not to leave the fold. Islam needs to recognize and accept other hermeneutical possibilities, especially reinterpretations of scripture that skew moderate and repudiate Islamist proclivities. It's a long road to such moderation, but moderate Muslims could eventually gentle the religion. The path leading to that Omega Point will be bloody, alas.

At 4:38 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

They've got a lot of traditional hermeneutics to overcome.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:35 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Dream on, Qasim.

Jeffery Hodges

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