Can Parts of the Quran Inspire Radical Muslims? Surely Impossible By Bruce Bennett

     I am simply not sure about this, because it runs contrary to what they teach at university, so how could such a point of view be “correct”? In fact, isn’t it illegal to even think this, let alone say it?

“A judge has called on Australian Muslims to publicly disavow violent verses of the Quran that have inspired acts of terrorism. Justice Desmond Fagan said hostile verses in the Quran that support 'intolerance, violence and domination' need to be denounced by the broader Islam community or they will 'embolden terrorists to think they are in common cause with all believers.' 'The incitements to violence which terrorists quote from the Quran cannot just be ignored by the many believers who desire harmonious coexistence. Those verses are not ignored by terrorists,' Justice Fagan told the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday. He made the comments while handing down sentences to husband and wife duo Sameh Bayda and Alo-Bridget Namoa who were jailed over planning a New Year's Eve terrorist attack on Sydney.

The 'Jihadi Bonnie and Clyde' couple are now eligible for parole due to the time they've already served in prison. Justice Fagan called on Australian Muslims to weaken the moral conviction terrorists say parts of the Quran gives them. 'If the verses upon which the terrorists rely are not binding commands of Allah, it is Muslims who would have to say so,' he told the court. 'If Australian followers of the religion, including those who profess deep knowledge, were to make a clear public disavowal of these verses, as not authoritative instructions from Allah, then the terrorists moral conviction might be weakened.” 

     Fortunately there was a sensible response to this sentiment, a sentiment that could be misused, and quoted out of context by the real bad guys, namely white deplorable fringe dwellers, and we all know who they are:

“Keysar Trad, founder of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said imams continued to disavow violent interpretations of sections of the Koran. "We continue to be extremely vocal in countering that. As much as we can find an opportunity to put the correct context to these situations, we do," Mr Trad said. "The underlying premise of Islam is peace and peaceful encouragement for people to do what is right."

     I am pleased to read these reassuring words, and will now promptly go back to sleep, saving energy for grazing on grass later in the day.



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