The Secular Sacred

Jan 31st, 2006, in News, by

The secular sacred.

M Hilaly Basya of the Center for Moderate Muslims (CMM) writes in the Jakarta Post:

…….the sacred text [the Koran and hadiths] itself was produced by local (secular) tradition. It responded to and sought solutions for the problems of society at that time. Prophet Muhammad and the Salaf generation lived in a particular context. So, they thought and acted according to the prevailing conditions.

in arguing for a more liberal, less authoritarian interpretation of Islam. This seems to be a “heretical” view, in that it refutes the belief that the Koran is directly from God. Interesting for those who follow the travails of moderate Islam, or for those who dispute the existence of such a thing.

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