Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reformation of Islam: Stagnation Is Not Inevitable

After the escalation of terror by IS and the attacks in the heart of Europe, momentum is growing to break new ground in reforming Islam. Muslims, their Leftist appeasers and enablers, and even most critics are part of the problem. Nevertheless, there are some bright, shining lights in unexpected places.

Aug 29, 2012 In the 14th century a Muslim historian named Ibn Khaldun wrote about the pattern of history.

UPDATE: Backwardness isn't in the soil of the Middle East, or in the DNA of its people. Men aren't cattle. What we produce is the result of the ideas in the minds of the people. Sir Winston Churchill called Islam the most regressive force on earth. Why this is so, is rooted in the nature of Islam. History proves it. The Middle East has been the cradle of a number of great civilizations before the onset of Islam. Stagnation is not inevitable, because it is man-made. For the complete picture, here's the History of Islam. (Source) H/t @Mahmou6

Feb. 15, 2015


Feb 13, 2015 "Islam Vs. Islamism" at Counter Jihad summit Feb. 11 2015.

UPDATE: Wise words during a recent Counter Jihad conference. The assembled are the smartest people on Islam and Islamism in the West. Too bad our political leaders are willfully ignorant. Knowledge and thought are voluntary: you can't force a man to think or to acquire knowledge, but you can hold him responsible for ignorance by design and criminal negligence.

Jan. 20, 2015


If you' re in doubt, ask us for the test.

Jan. 14, 2015


The verdict is in. Islam reform is fraught with intractable pitfalls.

Jan. 13, 2015


Rising to the occasion, by Abdulrahman al-Rashed, former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel

Protests against recent terrorist attacks in France should have been held in Muslim capitals and not in Paris because Muslims stand accused in this case; embroiled in this crisis and expected to declare their innocence. The tale of extremism began in Muslim societies and it’s with their support and silence that extremism grew into terrorism which is harming people across the world. It’s of no value for the French people, who are the victims here, to take to the streets to condemn the recent crimes. What’s required here is for Muslim communities to disown the Paris crime and extremism in general. Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch said on Twitter on Friday: “Maybe most Moslems [are] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.” In another tweet, he added: “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.” Murdoch’s harsh words echo the statements of many leaders who are tired of often-repeated excuses as terrorism-related crimes increase in frequency. Let’s keep in mind that France was the last western fort to defend and sympathize with Arab causes. (Source)

Jan. 7, 2015


So far Islam has proved resistant to any form of Reformation. If anything, fundamentalists want to take Islam back to its very root. Egypt's leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has saved his country from Muslim Brotherhood rule. Will he be able to live up to the even bigger task of saving Islam too?

May 9, 2014 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who deposed the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi, deployed a new weapon in the battle with the Islamists: the reformation of Islam. 

UPDATE: Comments by Ann Coulter. (Source)

Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year’s Day, 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject. The relevant excerpt from Sisi’s speech follows (translation by Michele Antaki): 
I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible! 
That thinking—I am not saying 'religion' but 'thinking'—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world! Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible! 
I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now. All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it from the outside, to root it out and replace it with a more enlightened vision of the world. 
I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands. (Source)
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief who deposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, is very popular with the Egyptian people as well as the Coptic Christians there. 

His popularity has increased enormously during his successful battle against Egypt’s religious extremists who threatened to enact a wide array of reforms while they were in power, everything from enacting laws repressing religious freedom to calling for the destruction of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx.

Now, he offered an intriguing new plank on his presidential platform (for which he was condemned by Barack Hussein Obama) by "casting himself as a defender of religion and taking aim at the doctrinal foundations of Islamist groups the state is seeking to crush". 

From Reuters: Striking a pious tone that sets him apart from former president Hosni Mubarak, Sisi also appears to be taking on the mantle of a religious reformer. He has blamed outdated “religious discourse” for holding back Egypt. Sisi said in an interview televised on May 5:
"I see that the religious discourse in the entire Islamic world has cost Islam its humanity. This requires us, and for that matter all leaders, to review their positions." 
With references to God and morality, Sisi may turn out to be the most outwardly pious of any of the military men to have governed Egypt since the republic was founded in 1953. Al-Sisi’s secular approach also is reaping results.

Egypt has just seized the funds of 30 Brotherhood leaders as well as those of 12 NGOs and six companies allegedly affiliated to the outlawed group. Additionally, Egyptian security forces have uncovered at least 44 alleged terror cells with Muslim Brotherhood links and apprehended 225 cells members for targeting the private police positions.  (Source)

President Sisi is a hero and a very courageous man. But he is also a pious Muslim. His aim is to save Islam from itself. (Source) This is indeed what needs to be done. But in order to give Islam a more Enlightened perspective on the universe, a few core points of doctrine need to be thrown out. It could even be argued if without these principles Islam would still be Islam. Sisi may be able to do that, or may be not. Or he be killed. The MB will most certainly try. But we must not kid ourselves here. This is wonderful. But it is almost certainly not going to work. However, at this point every effort is better than sitting idly by, complaining how bad it all is, while we wait for the clash of civilizations.

First posted on Jan. 1, 2015