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Sunday, September 06, 2009

"There is no compusion in Islam"

From the Saudi Gazette:
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hai’a) arrested Wednesday seven persons for “breaking their fast” during daylight hours in Ramadan. Hai’a spokesman in the Northern Border province Abdullah Al-Musheiti said that the arrests came during Hai’a campaigns in streets and districts, and that the seven had “been handed over to the authorities concerned”.
Someone ought to tell the Muttawa that Islam doesn't approve of their actions.

Or do they know Islamic law better than I do?

(Actually, how Muslims interpret the Quranic verse "There is no compulsion in religion," 2:256, is fascinating, at least in this article I found. In short, it appears that this particular command has either been abrogated or must be radically re-interpreted in light of later actions by Mohammed.)