Coronavirus is highlighting the rift in Islam (Religion Unplugged)

Coronavirus is bringing to the fore what is likely to be one of Islam’s most fundamental divides of the next decade: the rift between those Muslims whose worldview is being shaped by the modern world and those who are clinging to a literalist past.

It is epitomized by the willingness of a new generation of American Muslim leaders to openly criticize the views of some traditional religious scholars in the face of the pandemic.

“It is a clear divide between those who appreciate modern science and understanding, and those who are, not to be too harsh here, but let’s say in a different paradigm,” says Yasir Qadhi, an influential Houston-based American imam with close to one million followers on social media.

For Muslims in the age of coronavirus, where you prayed last Friday says much about where you fall on that emerging divide.

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