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It's un-Islamic.

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have executed a woman for adultery. The Afghan government has condemned the action as un-Islamic.

Do you hear that, Jihadistan? UN-ISLAMIC.

While you're at it, you might consider renouncing the following parts of your traditional culture, which are not found anywhere in the "أركان الإسلام" and have nothing to do with true Islam:

  • Oppressing women and minorities - you know, people like gays, Christians, Jews, Baha'is, that sort of thing.
  • Fatwas
  • Dhimmitude
  • Persecuting people who leave your faith or who embrace Western culture. (That's called free agency. It's a great thing. You ought to look into it.)1
  • Interpreting Jihad to mean "Convert or Die"
  • Among others


You see, what Jihad means is a personal struggle to become a better person, a lifelong effort to make yourself more like Allah - who is, as the Qur'an says - benevolent and merciful. I'm not even an Islamic scholar, and I know that much; and I'll stand in front of God at the last day and say so, and let the chips fall where they may.

Let Islam as a body, all billion or so of you, rise up and renounce violence and oppression, and then I will believe that Islam is, as you say, the religion of peace. But not until then.


1The topic of abuses and excesses among other faiths is reserved for a future essay, just so no one thinks we're being one-sided here.


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