Hodjanernes Blog

26 december 2007

Kristendommen forsvinder fra Mellemøsten

The new religious survey, Freedom in the World, produced by the Center for Religious Freedom shows that while some Muslim governments do respect religious freedom, none are to be found in the Middle East.

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Israel is the only “free” country, and their Christian numbers are increasing.

The survey ranks Jordan, Oman, Morocco, and Lebanon as “partly free.” Here the Christian populations are either miniscule and largely foreign, or, in the case of Lebanon, shrinking precipitously from majority to about a third of the population in recent decades.

The rest of the region is further down the freedom scale. In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, and Tunisia there are virtually no indigenous Christian communities left, though some converts there carry out religious lives in the catacombs and expats quietly hold services. In Saudi Arabia, religious intolerance is official state policy.

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In Search of the Original Koran: The True History of the Revealed Text

Filed under: Bøger, Evidens, Historie, Imamer, Islam, Koran, Muslim World, Videnskab — Hodja @ 23:31

Orthodox Muslims venerate the Koran as the sacred word of God, which they believe was literally revealed by dictation from the angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad.

koran.jpgThis fundamentalist attitude toward the Muslim holy book denies the possibility of error in the Koran – even though there are some fairly obvious self-contradictions, inconsistencies, and incoherent passages in the text. To justify the claim that the Koran is inerrant, the orthodox have simply pointed to centuries of hidebound tradition and the consensus view of conservative leaders who back up this interpretation. But does the very beginning of the Muslim tradition lend support to the orthodox view? In this fascinating study of the origins of Islam, historian Mondher Sfar reveals that there is no historical, or even theological, basis for the orthodox view that Muhammad or his earliest followers intended the Koran to be treated as the inviolable word of God. With great erudition and painstaking historical research, Sfar demonstrates that the Koran itself does not support the literalist claims of Muslim orthodoxy. Indeed, as he carefully points out, passages from Islam’s sacred book clearly indicate that the revealed text should not be equated with the perfect text of the original “celestial Koran”, which was believed to exist only in heaven and to be fully known only by God. This early belief helps to explain why there were many variant texts of the Koran during Muhammad’s lifetime and immediately thereafter, and also why this lack of consistency and the occasional revisions of earlier revelations seemed not to disturb his first disciples. They viewed the Koran as only an imperfect copy of the real heavenly original, a copy subject to the happen-stances of Muhammad’s life and to the human risks of its transmission. Only later, for reasons of social order and political power, did the first caliphs establish an orthodox policy, which turned Muhammad’s revelations into the inerrant word of God, from which no deviation or dissent was permissible. This original historical exploration into the origins of Islam is also an important contribution to the growing movement for reform of Islam initiated by courageous Muslim thinkers convinced of the necessity of bringing Islam into the modern world.

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Porno i Iran

Filed under: Erotica, Islam, Muslim World, Porno, Shariah, Uran — Tags: — Hodja @ 23:09

Iranian police on Sunday were still puzzled over pornographic images broadcast on an LCD billboard in downtown Karaj, 30 kilometres west of Tehran.

The images were shown for several seconds last week on the billboard – usually reserved for state-authorized advertisements – in Azadesgan Square in Karaj, causing surprise among the people in the square at that time.

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Ahmed And The Chipmunks Sing “Sharia Don’t Be Late”

Filed under: Humor, Islam, Musik, Shariah — Hodja @ 22:59

Fra TheNoseOnYourface

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Kristne i Gaza holder lav profil i julen

Filed under: Gaza, Islam, Jul, Kirke, Kristne, Muslim World, Oplysning om islam, Palæstina - Libanon — Tags: — Hodja @ 22:45

Few Christmas trees are on display, churches are holding austere services and hundreds of Christians hope to travel to the moderate-controlled West Bank to celebrate the holiday in Bethlehem.

Many say they don’t plan on returning to Gaza.

“We have a very sad Christmas,” said Essam Farah, acting pastor of Gaza’s Baptist Church, which has canceled its annual children’s party because of the grim atmosphere.

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Jul 2007

Filed under: Berlin, Billeder/Pictures, Hodja, Tyskland — Tags: , — Hodja @ 22:25

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Hodjas juletræ? Nej KaDeWe. Prøv at tage et kig på 6. etage – den er altid et besøg værd.

God jul

Filed under: Musik — Hodja @ 00:16