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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Trial Balloon for attack into Pakistan/Iran Border Areas? Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan defends his views, Apostasy II: reasonable doubt

I'm getting a lot of feedback about my first article on Apostasy, and my second article on Rifqa Bary, and I feel compelled to respond. Unfortunately the comment length limitations make it very difficult to elaborate in full detail, which is why I'm writing this follow up.

Next, the evidence. I have been unable to verify any of these Hadith. I looked them up by number (Except the Sunan al-Nasaa’iy) but didn't find them. Then I Googled them and all I found was this exact same fatwa pasted on half a dozen other message boards word for word. Then I went to the Compendium of Muslim Texts which has word searchable Hadith Database which contains the complete collection of Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Malik's Muwatta, and a partial collection of the Sunan Abu-Dawud. I searched and read every Hadith which contained the word "renegade" or "apostate" and was only able to confirm one of the Hadtih used by Ebrahim Desai, which incidentally is also the Hadith that people quote from the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir....[read on] Apostasy II: reasonable doubt

Trial balloon for attack into Pakistan/Iran Border Areas? ~~t
U.S. says Pakistan, Iran helping Taliban - Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, in particular cites the ISI and the Quds Force. "Afghanistan's insurgency is clearly supported from Pakistan," McChrystal wrote, adding that senior leaders of the major Taliban groups are "reportedly aided by some elements of Pakistan's ISI." The ISI has long-standing ties to the Taliban, but Pakistani officials have repeatedly claimed to have severed those relationships in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan defends his views - The Swiss-born thinker, who was denied a visa to teach in the U.S., says he is a reformist interested in a 'post-integration discourse' to explore the ways Muslims in the West can contribute. Reporting from London - Liberal Muslim or closet fundamentalist? Peaceful intellectual or militant in sheep's clothing?Tariq Ramadan has been called all these things -- and more -- by his friends and foes. Whatever the truth, the Swiss-born Oxford University professor ranks among the most influential thinkers in the Muslim world.


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