Was Winnie the Pooh a Good Muslim? (Monday Musings 043012)

Here’s another good read: http://www.tektonics.org/guest/pooh.html

The opening paragraph reads:

“In recent years a growing trend among many Muslims has been to make the claim that Jesus was a ‘good Muslim’. Others have described him as ‘a prophet of Islam’. Their method has been simple: by mining the New Testament Gospels they have sought to show that Jesus fasted, prostrated when he prayed, gave to the poor, and a wide range of other Islamic practices. Some have even tried to claim that Jesus gave instructions about how to conduct oneself when on hajj.

“The question we want to address in this short paper is why stop with Jesus? Why not see if one can demonstrate that other famous literary or historical figures were also Muslim? It is in that light that we have settled upon one of the world’s most famous literary figures as a test case; we refer to none other than Winnie-the-Pooh. Literary giant, poet in his own right, screen star, philosopher and hero to millions of children, could it be that the secret of Pooh’s success lay in daily submission to Allah?”

The author takes his cue from Muslims who state that Jesus was a good Muslim, because he did things that Muslims were required to do (e.g., prayer, alms giving, etc.). The article takes that “thesis” and applies it to Winnie the Pooh. The author ends his article with this:

“Only by such circular arguing, quoting out of context, or ignoring whole contrary passages, can it be even remotely suggested that Jesus was a Muslim. And if this is claimed, then by exactly the same reasoning, so was Winnie-the-Pooh. And any hermeneutic that can produce that result is clearly wholly and utterly flawed.”


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