Skip to comments.Prophet not perfect, says Islamic scholar
Posted on 10/03/2006 2:49:18 PM PDT by naturalman1975
A LEADING adviser on Islam, Ameer Ali, has attacked Muslims who "blindly" follow their faith and fail to question the veracity of the Koran, saying that even Mohammed had "flaws".
The chairman of John Howard's Muslim advisory board yesterday warned that Islamists would continue to breed jihadis unless the Koran was "reinterpreted" for today's society.
He also said mosques were increasingly being used by imams to deliver sermons that were not open to discussion.
Dr Ali said the majority of Muslim clerics had for centuries imposed a "literalist" teaching of Islam, telling their followers that deviating from the written message would ultimately lead to their admission into hell.
"The times are changing and with the change of times, you also have to reinterpret the Koran," he told The Australian.
"Because if you believe that it's a book for all the times and all the nations, then that book must be yielding new meanings.
"There are verses about slavery, and the Koran says you must be kind to the slaves. So are the Muslims saying we must have slavery to be kind?
"The jihadists are interpreting the Koran literally and that's the problem ... Popular Muslims, because of their lack of knowledge about religion, are vulnerable to these sort of teachings."
Dr Ali, who is writing an academic paper entitled "Closing of the Muslim Mind", said even Mohammed was not the "perfect model" as most Muslims believed. Asked if the prophet had character flaws, he said: "Of course - you must look at him as a human being also."
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Something tells me this guy isn't going to live very long.
|I sure hope he made out his will before saying that...
Let's hope somebody protects this guy cause he won't be very popular among muslims.
I commend his honesty and bravery. Hope no fanatic Muslim nutcase tries to off him.
Dead man walking!
This is too bad.... Jesus was perfect. I bet they are jelous.
"This is too bad.... Jesus was perfect."
"Ameer Ali" = Arabic for "dead man walking"
The first thing I thought when I saw the title was "Duck!" They're coming for him, you just know it. Because it's a peaceful religion.
More like Ex-Islamic scholar.
Every Muslim has to admit this, but none of them really believe that.
And since Islam was revealed to Mohammed, you do have to think that he's perfect because if he's not, it might be not only that he has flaws but that he lied. Or, at the very least, made mistakes about Allah's will.
This guy may want to slip on a viking hat and change his name to Olaf if he wants to live past tomorrow.
Uh-oh. I wonder if this guy is going to go into hiding.
He's gonna get himself a fatwa to the back of the head talking like this.
(Yeah, yeah... I know... Somewhere there's a Muslim offended at my suggestion that he's offended. It can't be helped.)
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