- Politics and Social Issues
Islam and Muslims Must Decide About Jihad
The Muslim religion is rooted in scriptures written long ago in another time. Who knows what the truth really is. People choose to believe passages to support their own beliefs and customs acted upon. That is why ISIS will claim that the Quran indicates slavery is fine for infidels or those non-believers. Thus, they conquer areas and enslave those and either kill them (because they say the Quran approves of this) or rape the women then sell them. The Quran, like the Bible, has contradictory teachings or sayings that extremists can bend to fit their own agenda and feel good about.
Many Muslim nations mix politics and law with religious beliefs and customs, thus, they have ridiculous laws in Saudi Arabia stating women cannot drive, cannot walk outside the home without a man who is related to them, cannot hold certain kinds of jobs, or cannot be together with a group of men alone. Woe unto a woman in a Muslim world. Religion dictates many laws.
The Muslim Supreme Council who issue fatwas, or instructions about interpreting the Quran, should conduct a review of the Quran for the 21st Century, not just continue enforcing antiquated teachings or instructions like those mentioned and many others. This group of old men are so far removed from the modern world it would be a "miracle" if this was actually done, but, the group would issue modern fatwas for today's Muslim nations. For instance, slavery of any kind-not allowed for any reason, relax women's dress codes, remove restrictions of mixing men and women at schools or treating in hospitals. Much of the Quran is anti-woman probably because it was written by men who wanted to keep women suppressed. I mean, you know this is the case when a law forbids a women from simply driving a car. There were no cars when the Quran was written, so you know, this law was made up to control the female population in some countries.
Second, Muslims around the world should be marching in mass demonstrations against the Jihad, denouncing the al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Boko Haram. But, they are not? Why? Because they are afraid for personal safety and many silently agree with the murders to satisfy their personal grievances in Western society. These Muslims like aspects of Western society but also think it is disgusting in some ways. They exist in the USA, France, Germany and elsewhere. Some feel the jihad is just and mandated by the Quran, to slay the infidels and non-believers.
The extremists are giving Islam a very bad rap and the millions of good Muslims are simply allowing it to happen by not showing the world their anger. The religious leaders are too afraid to modernize the the teachings of the Quran thought as being holy. Such fools.