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Shocking MEMRI post 16, September 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Islam.
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In fairness to the usually horribly, gratuitously and flagrantly biased MEMRI, they have covered a story which does NOT seek to paint Islam in a terrible light…good for them!

During an MBC TV program marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, senior Saudi cleric Salman Al-’Oda called on Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri to reexamine his organization’s ideology.

He said that there was a need for such reexamination because Al-Qaeda had caused the deaths of more Muslims than non-Muslims, and because its attacks in the West had been used for anti-Muslim incitement.

Al-Odah added that the fighting waged by Al-Qaeda attests to its desperation in the face of the West’s ability to defend itself.

Source: Islamonline.net, September 13, 2009

An Islamic Reformation? 7, May 2009

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There is an interesting article at Middle East Online discussing whether Islam needs a reformation in the same way that Christianity and Judaism had one in the past. It frames the question well with knowledgeable reference to the Protestant reformation and is a good read. It falls down, however, in the same place that so many articles discussing Islam does. It is utterly no use to say that Islam  (or Christianity…) does not allow suicide bombings or killing of innocent people etc etc. Quoting some surra or other saying exactly that is of no use whatsoever. For Islam (again, or Christianity or whatever religion) clearly does, in the minds of some, justify and mandate just such actions. Juxtaposing one quote versus another and saying that ‘clearly, mine is right’ is a poor if not stupid argument.