My guess: #Afghanistan will catch up with #Iran in raising the greatest number of ex-Muslims — atheists, Christians, etc.
For, as I wrote before, dictating a faith is the best way to make people lose it: nytimes.com/2018/03/25/opi…
Surely, disenchantment with religion has complex reasons everywhere, but exposure to violence, oppression, or bigotry in the name of religion is a significant force in the Muslim world, recently in Turkey and some Arab countries, too, as I wrote here: hudson.org/research/16131…
Aug 31, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
A venom that had brought division, hatred and savagery to Muslims from the very first century of Islam is #takfirism: To declare other Muslims with different opinions and beliefs as "kafir" (infidel), which typically follows with the imagined right to kill them.
That venom had a major revival in the past few decades.
ISIS practices it in real life, in the most extreme form, by killing any Muslim it can brand as "apostate."
Relatively milder takfiris are active on Twitter. They don't physically take arms; but they keep throwing takfir.
Apr 22, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
“We Muslims need a major renewal in religion by accepting the full meaning of the Qur’anic maxim, ‘There is no compulsion in religion.’
So no more religious policing, no threats to ‘apostates’ or ‘blasphemers’.”
#Pakistan had the right approach to religion at its birth as the great Ali Jinnah put it:
“You are free. You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship; that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
Apr 21, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The fiery Pakistani Islamists seen in the photo below (via @nytimes) are misquoting the #Quran.
Verse 8:59 that they apparently sloganized to justify "killing blasphemers" - their big passion - has nothing to do with punishing blasphemy... nytimes.com/2021/04/20/wor…
The verse says, "Those who disbelieve think they will escape; they will not."
According to great the Sunni exegete Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, this may be a reference to a punishment by God in the afterlife - not by Muslims on earth.