A new way of thinking about Islam

An American Muslim seems to think this is a “new way of thinking”:

A young Asian Muslim woman, accompanied by a white friend, appears before the imam of a New York City mosque and asks him to turn her male friend into a Muslim. But why, the imam asks. The answer: Because we want to get married.

I am a Muslim. I cannot marry a non-Muslim. He must become Muslim for me to marry him.

The imam asks her a series of questions about the man: Can he provide for his family? Does he love children? You trust him? Can you vouch for him? In the end, he advises her that he could perform the wedding ceremony and declare them man and wife.

This is what I call a new fiqh, or Islamic jurisprudence. It takes into account the realities of the situation, or circumstances, in which the Shari’a law is being applied.

What’s new about it? You cannot marry a non-Muslim: that had been true since the 7th century.

The writer then goes on to recommend the author Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and keeper of the flame. Even more bizarre:

The New York City incident may have been an isolated case, but the fact is that it stands in sharp contrast to the times, in the 1990s, when imams at mosques on both sides of the Atlantic were imported from the villages of Egypt, Sudan and Pakistan on the basis of their demonstrated devotion to Islam, viz memorization of the Qur’an.

“Isolated case”?

He does go on to criticize the Wahabbism of Saudi Arabia.  I should hope so!

Read this and tell me if you find anything “new.”