A Reformed Islam?December 29, 2007
In my wanderings of the blogsphere I came across a blog that criticized the Toronto Star, the most read newspaper in Canada, for downplaying the role of Islam in the ritual murder of Aqsa Parvez, a Muslim girl killed by her father for dishonoring their family. A link in the site led me to Muslims Against Sharia, a site that promoted the formation of a Reformed Islam.
Before I came to the site, I didn’t know that brave moderate Muslims existed! I had thought they were too afraid of their Fundamentalist brethren to even contemplate speaking against terrorism and fanaticism. I believed that should they say one word against the jihad movement, then the terrorists would blast them to what they’d believe would be a 72-virginless eternity.
Although I do not believe the site portrays the the majority-held belief of Moderate Islam, I must admit that I was surprised to see that it existed. It seemed too radical, even more radical than Radical Islam.
The actions of Islamic radicalism is not surprising. In fact, it shouldn’t even be called Radical Islam at all. Anyone who follows the Koran to the letter sets as his goal to convert the world to Islam be it through violence or other means of coercion. Someone who has at least listened to a fraction of high school history lessons knows that Islam was not spread by wandering prophets who preached about peaceful living through the denial of self. It was spread through conquest, subjugation, and forced conversions.
Moderate Islam, or at least the branch of Moderate Islam preached in the link should be labeled Radical Islam. It preaches peace, love, and light; terms that are preached in Islam but is not reflected in the actions of Islamic fundamentalists. It also portrays the Crusades, religious wars mostly forgotten by Christians but still fresh in Muslim memory, in a neutral light; saying that the Christians were merely trying to reconquer formerly Christian lands then controlled by Muslims.
But perhaps the most radical of its claims is that the Koran used today has been corrupted by Muslims through the centuries as evidenced by these violent verses. As a solution to this, they propose to excise these verses from the Koran thereby forming a Reformed Koran and eventually a Reformed Islam.
I do not know how exactly Islamic Fundamentalists would take that news, but I’m thinking that a parallel act done on the Bible would be considered by devout adherents as blasphemy! Strong curses and prohibitions are spelled out in the Bible prohibiting such an act*. Furthermore, changing the text of scripture of any religion would also change how such a religion is practiced. Moderate Muslims of that persuasion may claim they’re only restoring True Islam. They may even become model citizens because of their belief in Reformed Islam, and I know I’d become good friends them.
Yet what if their basic premise is wrong? What if the words of the Koran had not been corrupted after all? Something which may not sound good, or politically correct in our times, may not necessarily be corrupted through time.
* Deut. 4:2, Rev. 22:18, 19