FROM GREECE TO GLASGOW

The Fatwa Trail For Those Wearing Their Thinking Cones

 

Why is this book called From Greece to Glasgow? It based on the origins of the fatwa, a religious ruling, which may well have started in Greece and arrived in Glasgow in 2001 where the religious authorities saw fit to condemn one man for asking questions and speak out the truth.

 

It is also a light-hearted way of saying please put your thinking caps on, the subject matter we are about to lay in front of you is serious. Deadly serious. Because of ignorance people routinely face being cast out from their communities and at worst being killed.

 

Muslims never tire of saying that their religion means peace and has more freedom than any, but the realities of events around the world show the practice to be entirely opposite. This is not because Islam is not a peaceful way of life or does not offer freedom of speech or belief, it is because while Muslims sincerely believe in the Quran, in practice they use another set of rules. The rules of their traditions, the rules of their culture and the rules given to them by their religious imams. These rules cast a dark shadow on the Deen-Islam. Deen-Islam is the harmonious way of life shown by Muhammad through the Permanent Values in the Quran.

 

Muslims read the Quran, but most cannot understand it, therefore they rely on the information given by the clergy. The verses are frequently mistranslated and misinterpreted due to traditional bias, prejudice and lack of knowledge. These are the barriers that keep the majority from understanding the true message of the Quran and the Imams free to impose their own rulings with devastating results.

 

A ‘religious’ looking man, someone with a beard and a cap, can give a death sentence to an innocent person without any recourse. This actually happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in the beating, stoning, burning and the death of a young woman called Farkhunda. But it’s not the only place where such injustices have taken place. They happen all over the ‘Muslim’ world – all the time.

 

This book is about such rulings whether made in instances like the one in Kabul or by formal religious decision makers. A ruling of this type is called a Fatwa. To ensure justice this should actually be a decree by a governing authority and made in accordance with the Quranic Law. However, in reality it’s not. People need to understand the Quran and people like Farkhunda will not suffer injustice.

 

Hopefully, after reading this, those who have their thinking caps, cones or whatever they choose to wear, will look at it in a different way and see that others follow suit.

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