Thursday, October 28, 2004

Confusing Martin Luther with Voltaire

Here's a worthwhile article that includes valuable input by former hostage Terry Waite, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Timothy J. Winter (a.k.a. Abdal-Hakim Murad):

Citizenship, Islam and the West

Even though I loved Sheikh T.J. Winter's statement that Islam and the West “inhabit each other", and Sidi Hamza's observation that Muslims have "a rich history of being minority communities", my favorite part of the article was deconstruction of the often-heard argument that "Islam needs its Reformation". What many don't realize is that "this was invariably an argument made by western secularists rather than Christians". It's also glaringly true that the Secular Fundamentalists who spout the call for Islamic Reformation often “confuse Martin Luther with Voltaire, for what they really mean is that Islam needs its Enlightenment. But what they really, really mean is that Islam needs its secularisation". Sidi Hamza's concurrence that Islam needs “a restoration not a reformation” is right on the mark. As Sheikh Timothy Winter so aptly put it in his Contentions 4, "We need an Erasmus, not a Luther".

2 Comments:

Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Islam IS the reformation. I believe the West is in need of both rehabilitation and reformation.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Bin Gregory said...

Great website, everyone. I'm appalled with the direction MWU is trying to take Islam in America. This site is a wonderful balance to that.

10:53 AM  

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