Ex-terrorists draw mixed reactions

Ex-terrorists draw mixed reactions

[...] In the question-and-answer session following the individual remarks, the speakers often clashed with audience members.

“If you do not believe this, you are an ignorant Muslim. You are not a true Muslim,” Amani said to one Pakistani student who argued with him on the role of fighting in the Koran.

The student, Fahad Mahmood ‘10, challenged Amani further.

“Different people interpret the Koran differently,” he said. “You interpret it your way.”

“You cannot interpret the Koran,” Amani replied. “That is not faith.”[...]

Amani is absolutely right--the individual Muslim has NO right or ability to interpret the Quran in any way shape or form. I will say that the individual Muslim has the prerogative of choosing between conflicting fatwas from valid juridical authorities in Islam. That is as far as autonomy goes in Islam when it comes to the Quran.

Good article, not very long.


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