I’m not Islamic, but have an interest in the Islamic faith, and I am writing a report on Islam’s involvement in the pursuit of peace in contemporary society, and have a few questions.
- The term ‘Jihad’ is often misunderstood by westerners. What is your understanding of the term ‘Jihad’, and what does it mean to you?
- Islam is one of the largest world religions. Do you believe that peace is taught to the majority of Muslim people?
- Generally, adherents of a faith will follow a particular religious scholar’s exegesis. If this is the case for you, whose exegesis do you follow?
- Although the Holy Qu’ran is considered the immutable word of Allah, do you believe that certain passages should be read metaphorically, or are all of the texts interpreted literally?
I would appreciate it greatly if you could assist me with this, and I wish you all the best.