Thursday, February 09, 2006

The truth (or not) ?is that Islam has always had a sense of humor

There is no Quranic injunction against images, whether of Muhammad or anyone else. When it spread into the Levant, Islam came into contact with a version of Christianity that was militantly iconoclastic. As a result some Muslim theologians, at a time when Islam still had an organic theology, issued “fatwas” against any depiction of the Godhead. That position was further buttressed by the fact that Islam acknowledges the Jewish Ten Commandments—which include a ban on depicting God—as part of its heritage. The issue has never been decided one way or another, and the claim that a ban on images is “an absolute principle of Islam” is purely political. Islam has only one absolute principle: the Oneness of God.


unfortunately, this won’t carry a lot of weight with the arab street. Taheri is a Sufi, reguarded by mainstream Islam as as goofy, near-heretical, backcountry mystics. Very much marginalized. Muslihoon makes a good point, a good sized chunk of this will be about sectarian rivalries within Islam. The Sufi are given very little credence in the larger scheme of things Islam.
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