Interpretation of Islamic Traditions

Karen indicates that the Muslim law for women to cover their face in public and remain separated in other facilities is a distortion of Muslim principles as presented by Muhammad. According her reference in the Qur’an the passages that are used to justify this practice were related to how Muhammad should treat his wives after an event that put them at risk.

According to the vision, Muhammad’s wives were not to remarry after his death and were to be marked so everyone would know them as Muhammad’s wives.

The separation was again a vision that was a directive for treating Muhammad’s wives. Muhammad was seeing his followers in the huts he shared with his wives. During the period of this same event that put his wives as risk, the vision was to separate them from the people who had come to see Muhammad. It was for their own safety and respect and was not intended to be a generalized practice for all women.

Like Christian religious traditions, Muslim traditions were subjected to factionalized interpretation after their prophet Muhammad died. It is these interpretations by the various denominations by both Christians and Muslims related to their respective religious traditions that have contributed to the intolerance for each by each.

The message Karen is presenting is that as Christians we need to revisit and live by the teachings of Jesus with a critical eye divorced for millennia of institutional church doctrine. As should the Muslims return to the principles presented in the visions of Muhammad divorced from the centuries of denominational and cultural interpretation. In this way can we come to a common understanding of each other as one human race.