18 December 2015

There is a "Muslim Reform Movement"

Here is the preamble to their Declaration:
We are Muslims who live in the 21st century. We stand for a respectful, merciful and inclusive interpretation of Islam. We are in a battle for the soul of Islam, and an Islamic renewal must defeat the ideology of Islamism, or politicized Islam, which seeks to create Islamic states, as well as an Islamic caliphate. We seek to reclaim the progressive spirit with which Islam was born in the 7th century to fast forward it into the 21st century. We support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by United Nations member states in 1948.

We reject interpretations of Islam that call for any violence, social injustice and politicized Islam. Facing the threat of terrorism, intolerance, and social injustice in the name of Islam, we have reflected on how we can transform our communities based on three principles: peace, human rights and secular governance. We are announcing today the formation of an international initiative: the Muslim Reform Movement.

We have courageous reformers from around the world who will outline our Declaration for Muslim Reform, a living document that we will continue to enhance as our journey continues. We invite our fellow Muslims and neighbors to join us.


  1. This is good news!

    (I think that the link isn't working.)

  2. Great news. Now how about one for the Christians?

  3. I'm sorry, I respect what they're trying to do, but you can't seriously call this a "movement". Islam needs something akin to the 2nd Vatican Council, not feel-good declarations from Muslims too westernized to be taken seriously in the Middle-East or Asia.

    1. I don't understand why you can't call it a movement ("a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals.")

    2. Alright, so be it. It's a movement.

      It's also irrelevant, but at least we can point to this next time we hear about a woman being stoned to death for adultery.

      I just don't think that these folks are going to change anything where it matters.

  4. I'm in full support of this and think that all nations, religions, and individuals would benefit from a similar positive realignment.

    However, when viewed from afar, one can argue that this is yet another group who is attempting to take control of Islam to use it to promote their own agenda. Undeniably, this is for the greater good, and arguably this is in the original spirit of Islam and aligned with the good hearts of the vast majority of Muslims. But to those belonging to the various more radicalized sects of Islam, this must seem as yet another threat to their "true" interpretation.


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