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The Muslim Reformation
Throughout Heretic, we have discussed the inherent problem that Islam presents and why the need for a Muslim Reformation must occur. We discussed the Qur'an, hadith, sharia law, jihad and the Western tolerance of Islam. We learned that discussions about Muslim reformations should be brought to the forefront and the religion itself should be challenged whether or not they are a religion of "peace."
Ali suggests that there is a war going on in Islam. The war is going on between Modifying Muslims and Medina Muslims. The goal for both sides is to gain the Mecca Muslims. It appears that the Medina Muslims are gaining Mecca Muslims, as many of them are converting to Medina Muslims. Medina Muslims gain Mecca Muslims to join their side through attention and resources. While Muslim reformation may seem bleak, it is Ali believes that it may be happening before our eyes. While it won't look like the Christian reformation, it has shown sprouts of its early revolution like the Arab Springs. The reason why a Muslim reformation is and will continue to occur is because Muslim people are like everyone else in the world. They want to have better lives for themselves and their children. Some of the most outspoken critics of Islam are women like Ali. More and more women are noticing that Islam and modernity and the Sharia law and women cannot coincide. The sharia law, as we learned, has subjected many women into a role of complete obedience. It is also used as a basis for justification for crimes done against women (e.g rape, child marriage, marital rape). However, it isn't just women that are contributing to this Muslim reformation, there are scores of people that are converting from Islam to Christianity. There are men like the Turkish columnist Aylin Kocaman that spoke out against Islam. These tides that we are observing are being turned by men and women alike.
The top three reasons whys Ali believes that the tide is turning:
• The impact of new information technology in creating an unprecedented communication network across the Muslim world.
• The fundamental inability of Islamists to deliver when they come to power and the impact of Western norms on Muslim immigrants are creating a new and growing constituency for a Muslim Reformation.
• The emergence of a political constituency for religious reform emering in key Middle Eastern states.
Technology has been the source of recruitment by jihadists. However, it has also been used as a powerful tool to combat against the same jihadists with ideals. For example, a Egyptian doctor coined a Arabic hashtag that says, "why we reject implementing sharia." This hashtag has been used 5,000 thousand times within 24-hours. This is one way we can see how people are using technology to fight against Islam ideals and a method to empower those that are oppressed. Brother Rachid created a video on YouTube and called out then President Obama about claiming that IS was not "Islamic." In the video he says, "Mr. President, I must tell you that you are wrong about ISIL. You said ISIL has no religion...I can tell you with confidence that ISIL speaks for Islam...ISIL's 10,000 members are all Muslims...They come from different countries and have one common denominator: Islam. I ask you Mr. President, to stop being politically correct, to call things by their name. ISIL, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Taliban, and their sister brand names, are all made in Islam." Brother Rachid, who was once a Muslim and converted to Christianity, is another prime example how there are many people who are observing the problem that Islam presents.
Today, we are living in a time where everyone is culturally sensitive and we are bending over backwards so that we do not offend anyone. Yet, even this Ali says is not true. In fact, there have already been many people willing to fight against the "Islamization of the West." There have been many Muslims that are horrified about the attacks of Boko Haram and IS. After the attack on the weekly newspaper headquarters "Charlie Hebdo", many people took to the streets bearing "Je Suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") to argue against the attack. A Muslim reformation is underway and we are seeing small sprouts of this in our news. The five theses that Ali presented must be open for discussion and no longer silenced. As Voltaire stated, "I disapprove of what you say...but I will defend to the death your right to say it" should be the way many of us Westerners should begin with the discussion about Islam.
1) Why do you think a Muslim Reformation may be underway?
2) Has your mind changed about the Islam religion after studying Heretic?
3) Why do you think Muslim Reformation is taking so long to manifest?
4) What do you think about Voltaire when he stated, "I disapprove of what you say...but I will defend to the death your right to say it".