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PostSubject: Islam needs reformation to end violence: writer    Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:56 pm

Islam is not a religion of peace and needs to undergo a reformation, according to a prominent author and activist.



Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has written a book, Heretic, which calls for Muslims to examine their beliefs and many of the tenets of Islam which have led to murder and corporal punishment in the name of religion.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Ali wrote that to defeat the extremists for good, "Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war".

"Not all of this violence is explicitly motivated by religion, but a great deal of it is," Ali said.

"I believe that it is foolish to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself."

"I believe that it is foolish to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself."

For more than a decade, my message has been simple: Islam is not a religion of peace."

She says she does not assert that Islamic belief makes all Muslims violent. But rather that the call to violence and justification for violent acts are specified in the Koran and can be used by followers as "theologically sanctioned violence".

But Ali - herself a former Muslim and now atheist - says the religion has been let off the hook.

"It simply will not do for Muslims to claim that their religion has been 'hijacked' by extremists," she said.

A reformation, similar to that in Judaism and Christianity over the centuries, was necessary, Ali wrote.

"We need to hold Islam accountable for the acts of its most violent adherents and to demand that it reform or disavow the key beliefs that are used to justify those acts."

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/world/a/26768639/islam-needs-reformation-to-end-violence-writer/
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