While The World Is Still Wondering “What Is Wrong With

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While the world is still wondering “what is wrong with Islam,” fiery Muslim preachers are shaking the Muslim world like no time before.
A serious intellectual debate is raging around the Muslim World though the most interesting is being conducted in Arabic. Thanks to social media, particularly YouTube, the “rebellious” young, and the well-educated preachers, are pulling the rug from under the conservative establishment and their preachers who controlled the pulpit and the public inter-Muslim discourse agenda for too long.
Not many people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, do not understand that most of the contemporary problems associated with Islam are mainly based on narrations of life and practices of the Prophet Mohammed, which are
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In addition, he lived two centuries after the death of the prophet, and his compilation is based on word of mouth told by someone who quotes a chain of sources that lived many generations earlier, thus its accuracy is questionable and cannot pass a rigorous scholarly scrutiny based on the techniques of this age. But the main problem is that some of the narrations clearly conflict with the Qura’an. However, in many Muslim countries, such position is enough to arouse the wrath of the fundamentalist establishments and expose one to the risk of being branded an apostate.
To explain the dilemma, let’s see a sample of a controversial narration attributed to the prophet: “my nation will be divided in 73 sects, all destined to hellfire except one.” This narration, and many like it, have encouraged the literalists and fanatics into believing only their group is destined to be saved, and to condemn other Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But that “narration” is not supported by the Qura’an.
In the past, philosophical debates were common among Muslim scholars and at the same time debates over such issues raged in schools and mosques. On one hand that led to an enlightened era and on the other, they led to civil strife and factionalism. But in modern times, such issues remained taboo and if they were discussed, they had hardly reached the common Muslim unlike today when social media has become accessible. Many Muslims are being exposed
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