Welcome to the English Page of Reform_Islam
As you will see there are a considerable number of reforms needed to make Islam a more humane and modern religion. We invite your contributions. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following essays are available:
+ The attack on America “The making of martyrs”
Quotations from the Qur'an which show intolerance towards other religions and cruelty.
A brief biography which shows Muhammad as a man of seventh century Arabia. Was he a "role model for mankind for all time to come?"
Pakistan already has nuclear weapons but would they be put at the service of the ideology of Islam?
A Pakistani humanist looks at the history of Christianity and the realities of Islam today.
Was Muslim Spain a "Golden Era"? And is the Qur'an a repository of scientific information?
Non-Muslims have no argument with Islam as a personal religion. It is the authoritarianism and political ideology which is in question.
Justified by the Qur'an are male superiority, female obedience and "light punishment", polygamy and easy divorce for men, custody for the husbands, purdah, lesser inheritance, a less credible witness, inability to marry a non-Muslim, etc. Also looks at birth control, female genital mutilation, poor education, health care and unjust laws.
Selected sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad dealing with his commands, jihad (holy war), punishments - one was so cruel that Muhammad received a reprimand from Allah.
Some events from the invasions of Egypt, India, Cyprus, East Timor; the treatment of the Copts, Armenians, Bahai, Hindus; Wahhab, the Mahdi, Assad, Idi Amin, Yasser Arafat, Salman Rushdie.
A download from a fundamentalist web site.
HRAIC is opposed to ethnic cleansing wherever it occurs. It has, of course, a long history but is not unknown to Islam.
This landmark document is 50 years old but still has to be observed in many countries.
by Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh, Doctor of Law, and by the same author
Stoning to death for adultery is a barbaric practice attributed to Prophet Muhammad.
The Qur'an does not punish apostasy from Islam in this life but Muhammad made it the death penalty.
Whipping is prescribed in the Qur’an and Hadith for drinking alcohol. In addition Prophet Muhammad executed drinkers for a third offence faithfully continued in Saudi Arabia
The poets of old Arabia made fun of Muhammad and his claims of prophethood. He had them eliminated. Plus present-day Islamic assassination.
Muhammad considered chess a "game of chance" and a diversion from righteousness.
Ransom of POW’s and kidnap victims made a considerable contribution to the coffers of Islam. It is a practice continued in Chechnya, southern Philippines and Yemen.
Amputation is the punishment for theft in the Muslim holy books. When a thief ran out of hands and feet to amputate (how can one steal without hands or feet?) Muhammad would kill them. But was not raiding caravans and confiscation of property theft?
While we are not a Christian organization, we publish an abridged ICC account of the position of Christians in Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
The ulama (Muslim scholars) tell us that Muhammad only fought to defend himself. It is true the Meccans wanted to punish him for raiding their caravans. Was Islam "spread by the sword?"
Why is the Qur’an contradictory about the Jews? How are they dealt with in the Sunnah (sayings and actions of Muhammad)?
There is, as yet, no archaeological basis for ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement in Palestine. Likewise that Abraham or Moses ever existed. This would also present problems for Muslim fundamentalists.
Jihad is said to be a "misunderstood" term. But here is a fundamentalist download.
HRAIC does not oppose national liberation movements. But they must aim for a secular, democratic society. Nor must they target innocent civilians, women and children.
Qital (fighting) for Allah certainly seems the"Greater Jihad" for this fundamentalist
Much is made of the fact that Prophet Muhammad freed Zayd and treated him like a son. But the Qur’an and Hadith consider slavery as normal.
Muslim propagandists try to say that the Qur'an is a repository of scientific knowledge
Muhammad decreed the death penalty for the murder of a Muslim, adultery, apostasy, the third drinking offence and the fifth for stealing.
Warning: Some of the words of this "holy" man may cause you to vomit.
The words "oppression" and "persecution" are used a number of times in the Qur’an. But the terms had a special meaning for Prophet Muhammad.
Muslims are allowed to lie if it is for the greater good of Islam. Non-Muslims should be aware of dissimulation and not take their statements at face value.
A humanist asks whether religion is a force for good or evil
There are some tolerant and peaceful verses in the early Qur'an but these are abrogated and replaced as time goes by.
Islam considers children as the "seed" of the father, and so he is favored in any custody dispute
HRAIC considers sex with prisoners, sex with slaves and small children as rape. Hudud laws protect rapists.
In Pakistan Sunni Muslims kill Shiite Muslims and vice-versa. In Algeria, Dagestan, Bangladesh radical Muslims kill "bad" Muslims
And some articles from other sources:
From IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union)
Quotes from the Qur'an and Muslim scholars on the Christian web-site, Answering-Islam
Writing two years before September 11, Silas traces the origins of Islamic terrorism.
Quotes from the Qur'an and Hadith +images from RAWA
Jews and Christians had three choices. Pagans had two choices - embrace Islam or die.
45. Jihad and Human Rights today + “From Jihad to Dhimmitude” + “Dhimmitude: Jews and Christians under Islam” + “The Myth of the Tolerant Pluralistic Islamic Society”
Writer Bat Ye’or specializes in history of the dhimmis (Jews and Christians in an Islamic state).