Religion: Is the Ayatullah a Heretic?

Experts say hostage taking is against Muhammad's teachings

The Ayatullah Khomeini is a unique, three-in-one figure: revolutionary, de facto head of state, and spiritual leader. He has made much of his religious role and his rejection of the ways and means of the secular and corrupt Western world. Islam requires the truly dedicated to follow a most detailed ethical system. For Muslims, the present crisis in Iran has raised some perplexing questions. Are good Muslims permitted to indulge in hostage taking? In peacetime, during a jihad (holy war), or not at all? And, depending on the answer, how good a Muslim is...

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