The turning point for me came one evening at a Muscat shopping mall when an obviously gay young man strode through the food court to order some fried chicken. I nearly gasped when I saw him. I had seen gay people before, of course. But in Oman, where gender is literally designated in black and white, the site was shocking, and I saw others around me gape and even laugh at him. Then I heard a voice inside my head say, "That’s brave."
I don't think that is the attitude a Muslim will have to someone who brings the punishment of Allah raining down on nations.
But when it comes to this:"I am uncomfortable with aspects of the Qur’an and classical Islamic law that allow polygamy, or unilateral male divorce, or make a women’s legal testimony worth less than a man’s. I"
Wow, a believer being uncomfortable with the spoken word of Allah?
That isn't a difference of opinion issue.
That is an Iman issue.
Yep Fozia, I am not going to make up a cuddly Islam, that people who do not believe in it will feel comfortable with.
Paul tried that. He invented a new version to make it easy for the Romans to convert.
In one sense it worked. All the Romans and all Roman subjects converted.
But in the more important sense it failed, the religion he preached stopped being Islam, and was renamed Christianity.
It stopped being the pathway to Jannah and became a pathway to Jahanam.
I am not willing to say, hay it is OK to call yourself a Muslim and be uncomfortable with parts of the Quran.
Some of you might call that pushing people away from Islam. But I don't really see people believing in parts of the book, and being uncomfortable with other parts, really that much in it to be pushed out?