February 27, 2008

Turkey to re-examine the Hadith

Theologians at Ankara University have been commissioned by the Turkish Department of Religious Affairs to re-examine the Hadith - a collection of sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and the second most sacred text in Islam. The Turkish state claims that many of the sayings in the Hadith were not actually spoken by Muhammad and that others need to be re-examined in the context of modern Turkish society. The Turkish state feels that the Hadith often obscures the original values of Islam and that this can have a negative affect on society.

Really, religion should be the personal relationship between you and your lord, your god, your guru... depending on your view of faith. In practice, Turkey as a nation should have no bearing on the direction and decision of a Moslem person regarding their path in life. The problem is that some facets of Islam are enforcing the application of standards. This is much like hindering life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Ultimately, this will not work and everyone needs to find their own path.

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