1st part: Reinterpreting Islam ?

Al Arabiya the Muslim news media outlet has a series on ‘reinterpreting Islam’. Nice title, sounds like those peaceful Muslims are finally getting around to expunging the 98% of the Koran which is intolerant to unbelievers, infidels and which mandates Jihad, war, terror, and racism. Silly Kufar. Muslim ‘leaders’ are really busy blaming 1400 years of Islamic violence on esoteric Islamic legal scholars, born 700 years after the founding of the political ideology which parades around as a ‘faith’.


According to Al Arabiya:


“A conference in Mardin in southeastern Turkey declared the fatwa by 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyya rules out militant violence and the medieval Muslim division of the world into a “house of Islam” and “house of unbelief” no longer applies.

Osama bin Laden has quoted Ibn Taymiyya’s “Mardin fatwa” repeatedly in his calls for Muslims to wage jihad against the United States.


“It is not for a Muslim individual or a Muslim group to announce and declare war or engage in combative jihad … on their own,” said the declaration issued on Sunday in Arabic and later provided to Reuters in English.” http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/03/31/104563.html


I guess the supposition is that all non-Muslim Dhimmis are dhimmi-wits and not very bright. No one who has bothered to take even a cursory glance at Islamic history is fooled by this ‘reinterpretation’. When the Koran is scrubbed, purged, edited, rewritten and recasted than perhaps you can make the claim that the Muslims are finally joining reality and updating their theology of fascism. But blaming an obscure cleric born 700 years after mad Mohammed for Islamic violence ? Do Muslims really think that the infidel is that stupid ?


Across the Dhimmi lands, the above Islamic promulgation will of course bring sobs of relief. No doubt in EU-rabia there will be public outbursts of joy where the infidel will be told by the EU, Sarkozy, and Merkel to run out and embrace and kiss the nearest Muslim and then prostrate themselves and lick the dust off of their sandals, to demonstrate camaraderie and fevered admiration for the incredibly brave ‘declaration’ emanating from not-so tolerant Turkey. One expects that from Dhimmis. But for the rest of the infidel population, maybe some skepticism is in order.


The call to Jihad, war, violence and terror comes strictly from the Koran, the Hadiths or sayings of Mohammed and the Sunnah or biography of the mad founder of Islam. Muslim holy-war and acts of terror come from these foundational sources, not from a rather peripheral Islamic scholar of the 14th century.


Tamiyya is only one of many important Muslim scholars and one of many who read the Koran, the Hadiths and came up with ‘laws’ for Islam. In fact Sharia law was firmly in place by the 12th century; Muslim clerical law was firmly established by the 11th; and the Koran and Hadiths were canonical texts by the 10th century. Tamiyya is no more responsible for the interpretation of Muslim scripture, than Christ was for the first 5 books of the Jewish Torah written 1250 years earlier by scribes of Moses.


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