A Reformed Islam is the End of Islam

“A Reformed Islam, is the End of Islam”
By Jacob Thomas

   Mireille Valette is a Swiss human rights activist; she is especially concerned about the Islamist threat to Europe. Recently, she interviewed Hamid Zanaz, an Algerian author ab out his new book, “The Return of Religion Among the Young Is a Time-Bomb.” The Algerian author, covers themes about Islam’s future. Both for Algeria and France, the outlook looks grim. This work is a series of interviews, done in French or in Arabic, between 2009 and 2016. Even after Wafa Sultan’s book , it’s not out of place. Rather than citing texts from the Qur’an and the Hadith, he focuses his analysis on Islam, as a faith and a political ideology. The following is my translation of the Interview.

   The combat theater, as Hamid Zanaz informed me during the brief interview, is the Arab world. In his book, “In Praise of Reason,” he targets Islam with virulence. In France, the book was completely ignored by the media! In contrast, the Algerian press reviewed it with great praise, even in a liberal newspaper of Le Monde’s type. What a strange paradox!

   Zanaz was in Algeria recently to introduce his book. Oh, how he loved the warm weather, the sea, his family. I asked him if he walked around without fear; and were his father, mother, brothers, and sisters, exposed to any persecution on his account?

   “No, and then added, Algeria’s Islamization is in a sense, of a ‘sweet’ type. There are no assassinations for religious reasons. Violence is not physical, but moral. After the many years of killings that the population lived through, this tranquility is very welcome.”

   The book is dedicated to the victims of the Civil War: “In Remembrance of the victims of barbaric Jihadism, and to all who are fighting the Islamization of our existence.”

   Other themes are covered, such as the Algeria where he once had lived before moving to France, the impossibility of reforming Islam, and the otherworldliness of the political authorities. Analyzing the situation in the Islamized Algeria, one gets the impression of being inside a mosque. Nothing against religion, nothing outside religion, everything within religion!

   If a Muslim is proud, it’s because of who he is, and not because of what he does. Instead of striving to be what he should become, he would rather remain as he had always been. He leads a life of an arrested development. He is just a survivor.

   Reflecting on his past and his upbringing, Hamid’s analysis becomes radical!

   Over my lifetime, I’ve learned everything! How to perform my ablutions, how to pray, to fast, to defend Islam, even how to wash the dead before their burial. I really wonder how I’ve ever escaped falling into Islamism, after all that brainwashing!

   Every good Muslim is guilt-ridden for failing to establish the Islamic State, either by persuasion, or through violence. A Muslim remains mired in the sacred, in the forbidden, in the halal, in Paradise, in Hell; and paralyzed by the mere thought of the torments of the tomb. What a miserable conscience to carry!

   In a previous book, “Reforming Islam? An Autopsy of a Characterized Illusion,” Zanaz stated: A Reformed Islam, is the End of Islam. To be a fundamentalist, is to go to the extreme of one’s faith. Islam is in its essence, a totalitarian religion. Therefore, it’s difficult to differentiate between Islamism and moderate Islam.

   For example, who among the moderates is calling for the abrogation of the texts that are hostile to Jews, to atheists, and to Christians? Moderate Islamism is a chimera. Is there such a thing as a moderate Fascism? Can we talk about Nazism lite? The source of all the problems, and the impossibility to reform Islam, remains the concept of the Qur’an as a direct word of God.

   Commenting about Islam’s presence in the West, Zanaz states:
In the West, the mosque is not simply a place of worship. It’s a place to make of the young Muslims true believers, preparing them to become soldiers of Islam. Advocating the expansion of Islam, is its key role. If nothing is done to stop this expansion, and if concessions by the West, continue to be made, Muslims’ demands would grow, including polygamy, application of the Qur’anic penal laws in areas where Muslims have become a majority. To sum up: a return to religion among the young is a “Time-Bomb” ready to explode in the face of all those unwilling to say no to the mounting demands of the Islamists.

   Back to his native Algeria, Zanaz states: By re-discovering Islam, Algeria has rejected modernity. Until the end of the 1980s, Algerians were still living within modernity. The Algeria of my youth was so different from today’s Algeria. Now that Algerians have encountered Islam in its sacred books, and in the radicals’ teachings, they attempt to re-Islamize their lives. Thus, they’ve rejected modernity, since it’s opposed to true Islam. Religion and irrationality have taken over their lives. Nothing less than a mental revolution would be able to diffuse the time-bomb of the Sharia, which has been ticking for a long time, ready to explode in the very heart of all the Islamic countries. Right for reproduction : Reproduction autorisée avec la mention suivante : © Mireille Vallette pour Dreuz.info.

There is no dearth of books or articles dealing with radical Islam, written by Western authors. What distinguishes the work of the nationals’ analysis and critique of Islamism, is the fact that they write from within their experienced cultural milieu. They can’t be charged with bias that has often been leveled against Orientalists. For example, Hamid Zanaz has such colleagues as the Moroccan, Sa’eed Nasheed, author of “Modernity and the Qur’an. “

   Mr. Nasheed sets forth two important theses: First, while he accepts the Qur’an as divine revelation, he rejects the commonly accepted view that the sacred Arabic text is to be equated with Allah’s very words. Rather, the divine revelation was “filtered” through Muhammad’s personality. Second, the author offers a narrow and limited concept of Islam, namely that it consists “in the call for “Tawhid” (Strict unity of Allah) and the adoption of an ethic of love and tolerance.” Nasheed denies that the role of revelation is to legislate laws; rather it functions as a guide “in the worship of Allah.”

Jacob Thomas

Consultant on Middle Eastern affair/ Columnist

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4 Responses

  1. Face_The_Truth says:

    “Radical Islam is the Islamic reformation!” sentence actually means that Islam can NEVER be reformed for peaceful co-existence with non-believers.

  2. Walter Sieruk says:

    On the topic of a reformation within Islam, a very different yet possible valid and true view on this had been explain by the Christian, Nabeel Qureshi ,who was in the past was a Muslim .He wrote in his book which is entitled ANSWERING JIHAD wrote about the suggestion “that Islam needs a reformation .What they may not realize is that radical Islam is the Islamic reformation. This might sound shocking, but consider: Just as the Protestant Reformation was an attempt to raze centuries of Catholic tradition and return to the canonical text, so radical Islam is an attempt to raze centuries of traditions of various schools of Islamic thought and return to the canonical text of the Quran and Muhammad’s life. This desire to return to the original form of Islam can be seen not only in the words of Sayyid Qutb, but also in his method. He focused almost entirely on references to the Quran. it is true also of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS today, whose publications and proclamations are punctuated by references to the Quran and hadith literature. Radical Muslim organizations are explicit in their aim to reform Islam.” page 75. Further on pages 79,80 the author makes his case clear by writing that “Radical Islam is the Islamic reformation . The endeavor to modernize Islam and make it relevant to the twenty -first century is called progressive Islam. Progressive Muslim thought leaders, though few in number and limited in influence are present and are working to recreate Islam’s religious framework from within. Indeed, that is what it would take for Islam to become devoted to peace – not reformation but reimagination. “

  3. Face_The_Truth says:

    “A Reformed Islam Is The End Of Islam”

    An absolutely CORRECT headline!!!

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