Sunday, November 21, 2004

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Salaam Alaikum

Haroon on Avari-Nameh:

The Progressive Shahadah is a true act of bearing witness – to the reflection in the mirror. There is no God but me, and I am His Messenger. This “progressive Islam” – again, it advertises itself as bereft of meaningful and long-term spiritual potential – offends me, primarily because the Irshad Manji types don't even try. Consider, rather, Nietzsche. A man who rejected revelation, but was cognizant, and moreover, honest, about the ramifications of that rejection. There have been in Western civilization numerous thinkers of apparently bottomless depths, men of vision, courage and intellectual prowess, who may have rejected their inherited faith, doubted the viability of faith or scorned established religion, but in their agonies they conveyed the worth and potential of the human spirit. Their pains and their discomforts were realized in projects of inestimable excellence, to be appreciated from now and for centuries onward. It seems, however, that Muslims cannot even doubt Islam without doing so in the most mediocre and childish fashion. Give me a cry of Tolkien, who weeps for Beren and Luthien, and gives us hope with Earendil, informing us that there is something beyond, but he does not know what it is, and cannot. Do not give me the trembling fury of an author who concludes by confirming that which she set out to disprove.

3 Comments:

Blogger izzymo said...

Hmm. Irshad Manji is being revealed for the fraud she is. But she should have known that being ostracized by liberals of all stripes. Anyone could have told her that you can't be a lesbian, Zionist, progressive Muslim feminist.

11:43 AM  
Blogger ابدلرحیم said...

"The Progressive Shahadah is a true act of bearing witness – to the reflection in the mirror. There is no God but me, and I am His Messenger. This “progressive Islam” – again, it advertises itself as bereft of meaningful and long-term spiritual potential – offends me, primarily because the Irshad Manji types don't even try."
^hahaha yeah!

2:17 PM  
Blogger thabet said...

Personally, I think Manji is being given a little too much time, both by her critics and supporters. Her "thoughts" do not even represent any sort of intellectual challenge to the Islamic tradition(s) as a whole.

assalaamu `alaykum

9:13 AM  

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