Can Islam Be Reformed? Dennis Prager asserts that it needs and is capable of reformation. While stating his belief that Islam is reformable, Prager fails to offer any evidence to support his belief. Instead, he gives us a five point ordered list of tasks which must be performed. With that great accomplishment, he give us a little information about some supposed reformers.The third point in his task list is a major stumbling block: "Publicly and unambiguously condemn all violence in the name of Islam, including violence against Israel." That presents a problem because any Muslim who does so thereby writes his own death warrant. Perhaps, as a self-acknowledged student of Arabic and lecturer on comparative religions, Prager should be aware of this provision of Shari'ah, found in Reliance of the Traveller, Book O,. Chapter 8. First, it prescribes the death penalty for apostasy, next it lists 20 acts entailing apostasy.
When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.
In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (A: or his representive) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.
O8.7: Acts that Entail Leaving Islam[...]
-7- to deny any verse of the Koran or anything which by scholarly consensus (def: b7) belongs to it, or to add a verse that does belong to it;
Allah ordained jihad for Muslims and commanded them to fight us until resistance ceases, Allah has a global monopoly and Jews & Christians are subjugated and extorted. Prager expects Muslim reformers to abjure those verses; Islamic law demands their heads if they do. There are other insurmountable obstacles to be overcome. How do you improve on perfection? Islam can only be defiled, never improved.
How do you change that which is compiled into a book, printed & widely published in many languages and strictly forbids editing?
10:64. [...]No change can there be in the Words of Allâh, this is indeed the supreme success.[...] 30:30. [...]No change let there be in Khalqillâh (i.e. the Religion of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not. [...]
Moe confirmed the fatal fact with a curse.
Narrated Sahl bin Sa'd:
I heard the Prophet saying, "I am your predecessor at the Lake-Fount (Kauthar), and whoever will come to it, will drink from it, and whoever will drink from it, will never become thirsty after that. There will come to me some people whom I know and they know me, and then a barrier will be set up between me and them." Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri added that the Prophet further said: "I will say those people are from me. It will be said, 'You do not know what changes and new things they did after you.' Then I will say, 'Far removed (from mercy), far removed (from mercy), those who changed (the religion) after me! "
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:
I heard the Apostle of Allah, (peace_be_upon_him) say: When you enter into the inah transaction, hold the tails of oxen, are pleased with agriculture, and give up conducting jihad (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your original religion.