A news article I read a couple of days ago informed me about the prohibitory actions taken by Imams of different mosques in UP in order to prevent spread of terrorism. The article suggested that after the friday prayers, Imams should talk about terrorists, terrorisms and its tricks to fool young people into their cult using emotional tactics. The article also sweetly mentioned that the Imams will stress on how the Koran does not preach violence.
Doesn't all of the above sound perfectly reasonable and applauding as an effort? But wait, why do the Imams need Koran to say that strapping yourself with bombs and killing a bunch of toddlers is bad? Is the muslim youth so stupid to understand it themselves or the Koran so obvious to certify that it is indeed bad to run an aeroplane into a building killing thousands of people. In february when the all indian muslim law board and the jamat e islami hind denounced terrorism and similar acts of violence, they stressed that it is highly un-islamic to kill innocents. In the following passages, I will try to dissect this particular claim. The full fatwa against terrorism can be found here : http://darululoom-deoband.com/english/index.htm
When this institution wants to denounce terrorism because it is un-islamic it strongly suggests that they want to find the definition of good vs bad or moral vs immoral in the code of conduct suggested by the Koran. Doesn't it then suggest that the definition of innocence itself should come from Koran? One would say it's a trivial point, but then isn't it also clear in the Koran that it is the gravest of sins to pray offerings to multiple gods? Or to have a homosexual relationship? Or for a woman to marry and be a non-virgin? These kinds of people (hindus, gays and non-virgins) are not particularly sinners in todays world for being what they are, but the definition of Koran does suggest that they are. And then if the Koran says that you are not allowed to kill innocent people, aren't these categories outside the realm of innocence and hence _can be or may be_ killed?
One solution out of this is that we agree to the intuitive definition of innocence but we use Koran as a guiding principle on how to behave with innocents Vs non-innocents. This kind of treatment is completely absurd and clearly wants to cover Koran's ass on matter on which it is wrong. One such parallel example of such attitude is saying that people who eat cows are sinners (hinduism) and then stone them to death in public (one form of islamic punishment) and by such a divided treatment all the muslims on the earth will be stoned to death. The cows can be replaced by pork and you'll have the inverse effect. This method uses one set of norms to decide what is innocent/sin and the other set of norms to decide what are our actions regarding it. In short, Hindus (for example) in general are innocents (common sense) and Koran doesn't allow killing of innocent people and hence the argument for Koran.
Isn't this form of interpretation a misinterpretation? One cannot afford to have double standards on what is wrong and right and what one is ought to do about it. The other solution is _accept_ that Koran is wrong on some things and get on with life by introducing better definitions and actions which replace the ones in the book. It was a book written in arabia in 600 AD and has no reason to be applicable in all aspects in any other part of the world in 2000 AD. And if you do think that it is, then sadly you are suffering from some kind of delusion which was fed into your head by the rest of us. We apologize for not helping you out.
This suggests to me that the doctrine of re-interpretation of a book which suits the particular time and place is injustice to the original book and to the people onto which it is imposed. More than re-interpretation its a misinterpretation. I would dare not say that it's a bogus book in all regards, as a matter of fact if it were, we would have thrown it out in garbage a long time ago! But I certainly think that these age old books are now becoming obsolete quiet rapidly and will turn out to be completely bogus and inapplicable in the years to come. It is a good time right now to throw them in garbage and enjoy the better life ahead of us.