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As I See It: Diverse interpretations of Islam

When I first heard at the Worcester mosque a sermon stating the Islam is a religion of peace, I was delighted and I wanted to believe it. Subsequently, I preached a sermon to my own congregation affirming that Islam is a religion of peace and I quoted passages from the Quran to support my case.

I have since come to understand that this claim, often asserted by me as by others, is a half truth: for the majority of Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace; but, for large numbers of Muslims around the world, it is something quite different. Islam is a religion encompassing many different points of view. The teaching of the Quran and the Traditions of the Prophet are subject to diverse and conflicting interpretations.

  • simus1

    Anyone who starts off by trying to understand islam in a religious context instead of a totalitarian political one is at best, a fool.

  • tom_billesley

    Diversity in interpretation isn’t so much to do with islam itself as with the amount of taqiyya and kitman that muslims think is needed in whichever country they infest.