Islamic justice is a proud institution, one to which more than a billion people subscribe, at least in theory, and in the heart of the Islamic world it is the law of the land. But take a look at the verse above: more compelling even than the order to flog adulterers is the command that the believer show no compassion. It is this order to choose Allah above his sense of conscience and compassion that imprisons the Muslim in a mindset that is archaic and extreme.
December 7, 2007
"If moderate Muslims believe there should be no compassion shown to the girl from Qatif, then what exactly makes them so moderate?"
Writes Ayaan Hirsi Ali.