Why Islam cannot be reformed

Omar Makram

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There has been a lot of talk recently about whether reform of Islam is possible. I will try to describe below what would take to do it, in my opinion, and accordingly why I believe it is highly unlikely to happen.

Religion is, for the most part, derived from the scripture, for it is the manifesto of the religious ideology. It contains the “divine message of god” and that of his prophet, and the instructions of what is right and what is wrong, and how its adherents should be leading their life. Hence to reform religion, you either need to reform the scripture or reform your relationship with it.

To do that one would have to start with the holiest book in Islam, the Quran.

The majority of Muslims should be persuaded that Quran is not the literal speech of God, but merely a divine inspiration invoked in a simple man…

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