| Hugh Fitzgerald: Islam Is Not A Mystery
| Saturday, January 23, 2016
|Islam is not a hieratic mystery, which only the initiated, a special
priesthood, can possibly understand.
It is, rather, sufficiently grasped
by more than a billion people who, save for a handful, have been born
into it, and have grown up in societies suffused with it, societies
where it is impermissible to question Islam, to ponder whether its
directives make moral or intellectual sense, and where any open display
of questioning is punished, and any putative blasphemy.
Or any open
admission of apostasy, can result, in many cases, in a death sentence
carried out not only by the Muslim state, but also by the informal
meting out of Muslim justice by Believers who can, on their own, enforce
The written accounts upon which Islam rests are three: first, the
Qur’an, believed by Muslims to be outside of history, exempt from any
historical study (which can be punished), Uncreated and Immutable;
second, the collections of stories of what Muhammad said and did (and
these have been assigned levels of authenticity after careful study by
the muhaddithin — Muslim scholars who centuries ago studied the chains of transmission, or isnad-chains,
of each story, and on the basis of such study assigned ranks of
“authenticity” to each Hadith); third, the Sira, that is, the biography
of Muhammad, which of course overlaps the Hadith considerably (and may
have been woven out of the Hadith, or vice-versa).
Read it all here....................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 8:02 AM