Danish-Iranian church leader: “Peaceful Muslims are not peaceful because of Islam, but in spite of Islam”

(Photo above: Massoud Fouroozandeh)

Radio interview with Massoud Fouroozandeh, a Danish-Iranian Christian leader.

Translated from Uriasposten (support our translations, donate via 10news.dk):

“You ask who is a real Muslim. Well, according to the Quran and Islamic custom, a real Muslim is a person who emulates his prophet Muhammad. A real Muslim is one who can emulate Muhammad.

So how did Muhammad live?

In fact, Muhammad did not live differently from the way Islamic State lives. What IS does is not a misunderstanding or abuse of the Quran. Islamic State sympathizers are actually just trying to live up to and imitate their prophet Muhammad. …It’s not me who says this, it is Islamic history books of Muslims and Arabs who have written this. That Muhammad did exactly the same as the Islamic State does today. …

He has actually done the same things that we are experiencing today that the Islamic State people do.  Before it was just something we read in the history books. Today we see it with our own eyes.

So when you ask me who is a real Muslim, I’m sorry to say – the real Muslim is one who imitates Muhammad. So that is the answer. …

Moderate peaceful Muslims are not peaceful because of Islam. They are peaceful despite of Islam. It is quite an important point.

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  1. Is Islam a basically secular religion?

    “No”, you say? Well, then why is there so much preoccupation with grabbing the world? with holding the world? with experiencing the world?

    A secular religion, from the human perspective, is a religion preoccupied with the body, and every preoccupation with the body is motivated by a desire for indulgence of the senses. That such a religion posits an eternality of sensory experiences does not at all undermine the claim that the religion is secular but, instead, shows that the preoccupation has been carried to an absurd extreme.

    Do not let yourself be distracted with red herrings when deliberating these important POLITICAL questions. For example, one might object that Christianity, too, has a doctrine of immortality of the body. But so what if it does? It needs to be judged independently of Islam, and we should not be so biased as to suppose that there can’t be more than one Abrahamic religion which is, at bottom, secular.

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