Sunni or Shia fundamentalism.
[quote author=“jimmiekeyes”]I’d like to hear from Fayzal on this but I believe the Shiites and Sunnis have no disagreement on the relationship of Muslim to Infidel - their disagreement goes back to who was the heir to Muhammad. So Shiite or Sunni its all the same when it comes to us.
Yes you quite right Jimmie, from an outside point of view there is no major difference between Sunni’s and Shia’s from a theological point.
However from a political point there are major differences since power lies at a central point amongst the Shia Imaams in Iran / Iraq whereas amongst the Sunni’s power is dispersed amongst each community of Muslims. For example Pakistan will have it’s own theologians interpreting the law based on the Quran, Sunnah and their particular history and environment. Same with Saudi Arabia and so you will find that Sharia laws are some times different in each respective country.
But the bottom line is that from an authoritive point of view there is only a fundamental interpretation of Islamic laws i.e. the Islamic Sharia. All attempts by individuals to re-interpret the Sharia to bring it in line with a “modern world” is doomed because the interpretation of the Sharia has been historically set by 5 Imaam a hundred or so years after the demise of Prophet Muhammad.
I therefore find it very funny when a few Muslim individuals attemp to bring a liberal interpretation of Islamic laws. I normally ask on whose authority are you doing so? It’s like some maverick Catholic priest dishing out condoms so that his parish can practice safe sex. It’s great and wonderful that such a priest can express a dissenting opinion but it doesn’t change the fact that the Pope has banned condom use.
Finally I want to add that fundamentally there is no major difference from an OUTSIDE point of view to ALL THREE MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS, i.e Judaism, Christianity and Islam. An infidel is an infidel in all three religions. Fortunately there are NO countries with a Christian and Jewish theology (although America under Bush get’s close to one) but plenty of countries still practicing Islamic theology.