Can Muslim Activism Be Done Right?

“What these “moderates” or enlightened Muslims are proposing, however laudable, has little to do with mainstream Islam, whose fundamental scriptures cannot be rewritten on pain of apostasy and execution. Any scrupulous reading of the Koran and the attendant canonical and jurisprudential literature should make it amply clear that injunctions to slaughter, conquest, oppression and domination are inscribed in the faith. No attempt at what is euphemistically called “re-interpretation” or “contextualizing” can be expected to gain even modest traction in the larger Muslim world.”

I wish the Progressive Muslims Institute Canada (PMIC) well, but I profess little hope of their success when, as they themselves admit, “Moderate Muslims” are too afraid to publicly support this initiative for fear of retribution at the hands of their co-religionists.