One more time, certainly not the last, a religious scholar tries his best shot by sticking his own nose in other people’s life, imposing his way of life, which he and those who share him the same view, are entirely free to choose, on other persons way of living. But, with all due respect, does this guy realize that, with such interference he actually shoots his own foot, causing considerable harm to the very religion he wants to protect, even if the caused harm takes the form of laughing, joking, and as a consequence mocking “halal” and “haram” boundaries in general? I ask, wonder and doubt.
If Muslim intellectuals and professionals, had the will 30, 40, or 50 years ago, to confront any form of extreme preaching that they happen to witness, it is most likely that the task to challenge modern day extremism would have been more easily achievable.Bakir Oweida
Returning to London from a summer holiday, another friend told me a different event of confrontation. This time the story went as follows: It was very hot, said my friend, every one inside the mosque was sweating, the Imam speech was politically fiery and employing his religious authority to serve his political agenda, condemning all western countries to the hell fire as the rightful punishment for what the U.S. and UK, in particular, have done to the Iraqi people by imposing hard sanctions (before the 2003 invasion).SHOW MORE