Monday, August 01, 2005

'Fatwa’ by Muslim leaders against terrorism should address 100 verses in the Koran sanctioning violence, expert says
Jul 29, 2005
By Art Toalston

WASHINGTON (BP)--A “fatwa,” or religious edict, against terrorism by a council of Muslim scholars is something “we do indeed welcome,” a leading Baptist expert on Islam said, though noting that it falls short of effectively addressing the death and destruction wrought by Islamic radicals.

Anis Shorrosh, author of several books on Islam who, as an evangelist, has debated Muslim scholars in the United States, England, Canada and other countries, noted: “Muslim scholars worldwide must agree that the nearly 100 verses in the Qur’an [Koran] which promote fighting and killing can no longer be valid. Otherwise, terrorism by Muslim fanatics will continue until the end of time.”

Shorrosh cited one such Koranic verse: "I will strike terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Smite, then, the upper part of their necks and smite off all fingertips" (Surah 8:12 in the Koran).



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