Solving the Mid East Crisis
By Kamal Nawash
The term “modern Islam” is a controversial term often stirring deep passions among Muslims. Some Muslims use the term referring to a necessary evolution in Muslim thinking that is long overdue, while others are enraged by those who use the term as trying to change the basic tenets of Islam, which are “clear” with no change or evolution necessary.
The Free Muslims Coalition does not seek to change the tenets of the religion. However, the Coalition believes that the Qu’ran only provides general principals of governance, which leaves the faithful with substantial flexibility to modernize popular Muslim practices and beliefs.
The Coalition seeks to encourage discussion among Muslims about every aspect of their religion as it applies to modern times. The unwillingness of the Muslim religious establishment to consider modernizing the faith has relegated most Muslims to third world status and, in many instances, to a medieval existence.
Those who seek change are often afraid to speak out because of the aggressive and violent nature of those Muslims who reject change. The silence of peaceful Muslims has resulted in the hijacking of Islam by extremists and terrorists. This must change. The Coalition seeks to give a voice to these reformers and fearlessly challenges the extremists and those who justify terrorism.