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Blogging the Qur’an: Letter to Ziauddin Sarda

January 16, 2008

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets, and upon his family and Companions.

For the last fourteen hundred years, Muslims and the scholars of Islam have been in a deep intellectual slumber and backwardness. The scientific, technological and economical handicap, which the Muslims are facing today, is primarily because the Muslims are relying upon scholars who interpret their scriptures the way they were interpreted almost fourteen hundred years ago for another time and era and which is not applicable for our time and circumstance. We must ignore the vast academic contributions that the scholars have left and which the generations after generations of scholars have reinvigorated to suit the conditions of the Muslims on sound scriptural understanding, we must ignore all this and request brother Ziauddin Sardar, a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic to rise to the challenge of interpreting and applying the scriptures in our times particularly living in the UK.

What a sad, mediocre and self-indulgent state. It is true as one Shaykh said that the fastest way to get a book published was to attack Islam and the Muslims. This was evident especially after 9/11; many Non-Muslim novelists became ‘experts’ on Muslims and Islam. This is also the case with some opportunistic Muslim sell-outs, who sell their religion for mere five-minutes of fame in the spotlight. We have to be aware of those who claim to support Islam and the Muslim but are only agent provocateurs guided by the neo-cons to tarnish the traditional orthodox Islam.

People, I mean Muslims of various affiliations should not be fooled with some of the language they employ. They might quote some well-known Muslim personalities, cite wise words of Sufi sages and seem to call for a deep spiritual re-call, these are all guises and double-speak they have inherited from their masters.

I am sure most if not all of you have come across blogging the Qur’an by Ziauddin Sardar in the Guardian Unlimited blog? Mr. Sardar has taken the challenge of interpreting and untangling the many misconceptions people have about the Qur’an, and every week for the whole year, he will make a thematic commentary on some of chapters of the Qur’an. Never mind the question of authenticity or qualifications, this person has serious problems accepting many of the fundamentally agreed upon aspects of Islam. I have forwarded some of my thoughts to him and hopefully he will take heed, OK, who am I kidding? That will not happen in a million years (unless Allah guides him)! Below are my comments.

Finally, it would be excellent if scholars who are qualified do start a rival blog to counter his one so the readers in particular the Non-Muslims get a correct overview of the Qur’an. I will Insha’Allah e-mail some Scholars I know to do just that, I would ask you also to request capable Sunni Scholars to take up this project.

Wassalam

A.H’s letter to Ziauddin Sarda

Dear Br Zia,

May God Almighty reward your valiant efforts in trying to convey Islam to the Western readers in particularly here in the UK.

I have been following your efforts on understanding or interpreting some of the chapters of the Qur’an. It is a wonderful and much needed venture however, with all due respects to you I do not think you are the most capable person for this enormous task. There are certain requirements that a person must attain before indulging oneself in speaking or interpreting the Qur’an that our scholars have highlighted and agreed upon. I will be correct in assuming that you are aware of the necessities but yet you put yourself forward for this mammoth challenge, the question is why? There are plenty of scholars who meet the perquisites of interpreting the Qur’an, why have you not humbled yourself and approached them and what makes you think yourself suitable or better than they for this weighty deed?

By your own admittance, you acknowledge that you do not possess the necessary qualifications for this task when you said, “I have no qualms in admitting I am not the most qualified person to talk about the Qur’an, let alone venture into the thorny territory of interpretation. I am not a Hafiz, or an Imam, or an Alim – a religious scholar – though on certain bad days, I do imagine myself as a Muslim thinker of some repute. Worse: I don’t even speak Arabic.” One may question your intentions after this statement.

As Muslims, we do not accept the clergy attitudes of some faiths that only selected people are permitted to inquire about the scriptures and thus only an elite section of the community try to understand the Qur’an however, the Qur’an itself places guidelines for proper understanding and it clarifies to us who should be consulted in matters pertaining to knowledge. It categorically states that if one does not have the qualifications he should refer to scholars ‘‘ask the people of knowledge’’. I put it to you, do you have the qualifications? Attending Usra’s and seminars does not qualify you to do Qur’anic exegesis.

I find it absurd and please, I intend no offense, that you suggest you do not know much yet you have no problems in interpreting the Qur’an. This attitude is very similar to a person who only after some rudimentary reading on medicine and surgery without attending medical college and years of training assumes himself in the task of performing delicate surgical procedures on patients. I do not know of any hospital in this vast planet of ours that would accept such a charlatan. Would you allow me to operate on you who whereby I were to possess no knowledge of medicine save the foundational secondary education he received in his school years? I would anticipate your reply would be a resounding no! Likewise, the institution of exegesis will not allow for a person who does not posses the certifications to undertake this task. If you do have the qualifications please present them to the readers so all are aware that they are taking knowledge from a credible source.

I will not prolong this letter but it is imperative that I remind you of the conditions of a Mufassir. The classical Sunni scholar Imam As-Suyuti cites in his monumental book on the sciences of the Qur’an al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur’an fifteen or so characteristics of the Mufassir. Scholars affirm that any tafsir (commentary), which disregards these principles, must be scrutinised with great concern and caution, if not completely rejected. Below are some important conditions:

1- Proper intention and sound creed.

Are you confused about your creed Mr Sardar? In one instance you declare you are a Mutazilite and another you say you’re a Sunni: “Now, I regard Mutazilites scholars such as ibn Sina and ibn Rushd, as my heroes – and regard myself, particularly at certain moments (alas, all too limited) of enlightenment, as a Mutazilite.”

“I ought to confess that I am a Sunni through and through. But I disagree strongly with those Muslims who have declared the Ahmadis to be “non-Muslims”; and I would definitely condemn all those who persecute this small community. I think the Admadis add to the richness and diversity of Muslim communities.”

Which is it? You are in favour of the Ahmadis and yet you say you are a Sunni. I would very much like to know your understanding of Sunni Islam. If you consider that the creed of the Ahamadis is the creed of the Muslims, I hope you are aware that the Ahmadis [otherwise known as Qadiyanis] are a heretical sect not from amongst the Muslims who believe amongst other things that a man called Ghulam Mirza Ahmad was a ‘Prophet’ when the seal of the Prophets is known to be Muhammad [pbuh] – so how could they possibly be deemed as Muslim whereby they have nullified the Shahadah [testimony of faith]. Such grave errors are further evidence that you are not in a position to perform commentary on the Qur’an.

2- Knowledge of the Arabic Language; this requires one to master Grammar [nahu], Morphology [sarf], word etymology [ishtiqaq], Arabic rhetoric [balagha], Poetry amongst other things. These are the basic prerequisite for interpreting the Qur’an, do you posses these qualities? No, by your own admission you stated, “I don’t even speak Arabic’’.

3- Knowledge of the various modes of Qira’ats [recitations].

4- Knowledge of the Principles of Fiqh [Usul al-Fiqh] and Fiqh.

5- Knowledge of the Asbab an Nuzul [reasons for revelation] and its related topics.

6- Knowledge of the Nasikh and Mansukh.

7- Knowledge of Hadith especially those pertaining the explicit commentary made by the Prophet (pbuh).

8- Knowledge of the makki, madani, muhkam, mutashabih and the various types of ‘Ijaz of the Qur’an.

9- Referring to the reports of the Companions of the Prophet.

10- Considering the reports of the successors of the Companions.

11- Consulting the opinions of eminent scholars.

12- Following the proper methodology of exegesis of the Qur’an.

These are but a few conditions, which an interpreter of the Qur’an [Mufassir] must posses that are agreed upon by the Scholars of Islam.

Dear brother in Islam, this is great a task which by your own admittance have proved to be unworthy of. I would suggest if you are at all sincere before God to drop this venture or request a qualified scholar to guide you in this endeavor.

May God guide us all upon the truth

Thank you

Abdullah Al-Hasan

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  1. learnquranonline1
    September 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm | #1

    mashallah keep it up is a good site where people could learn more about quran and islam i have also seen a site where people could learn quran online and learn quran with tajweed on http://www.learningquranonline.com
    learn quran online, learn quran

  2. abuadam, Ibrahim Dahou
    January 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm | #2

    Salaam aleikoem,

    I see that you all in Engeland have a Second Kader Abdullah in Holland. This man have finished he’s socalled Translation of the Quran. He says “Now Ihave made the Quran enjoyable for Non-Muslims en Muslims” I am your New prophetHe says.
    The Ridiculus Joker makes a translation of the Quran and tries to impose it also to Muslims.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kader_Abdolah
    All the old dutch people go and buy them selfs a Translation. I dont understand those ridiculus sheep of people.
    They try to understand Islam from Murtads or Liberal sell outs for any price.
    May Allah forgive me for my faults and guide those lost Muslims back to the real Islam.
    Salaam aleikoem,
    Abuadam, Ibrahim Dahou, Amsterdam, Holland

  3. September 30, 2008 at 8:38 am | #3

    LOL
    that doesn’t even make any sense!

  4. July 13, 2008 at 3:48 pm | #4

    br abdullah made a timely warning to this third-rate journalist ziauddin sardar. an acquintance of him tells me that this fellow does not know how to read his own mother tongue, urdu. what to talk of Quranic Arabic! i am told he can speak simple urdu but cannot read or write. so if this fellow is so poor in his own mother tongue and zero in Arabic what qualifies him to be a mufassir? sure Allah has revealed the Quran in clear Arabic but if this pauper does not know Arabic how is he going to interpret. forget all that crap of power struggle of the clergy. this is the basic point – a total lack of knowledge of the language of the text this megalomaniac moron has claimed to interpret. in all this debate people are forgetting this fundamental flaw. ask him to read the quran in front of four witnesses and put a streaming mp3 for all to judge. and to his cunning behavior, he has hid this fact from all.

    br abdullah, what has happened to the alternative site? it has been like 6 months. i wish i had your email address to discuss the issue in privacy.

    wasalam o alaikum wa rahmatullah

  5. June 8, 2008 at 12:26 am | #5

    Good documan thanks

  6. June 8, 2008 at 12:25 am | #6

    very good article. i liked it quite a lot, it is worth reading it through people.

    greets..

  7. Fareed
    March 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm | #7

    asalamalaykum
    Brother may Allah reward you for your efforts in giving advise to Mr. Sardar.
    Unfortunately he is like many people out there who are prepared to undermine Islam to benefit their ownselves.
    He is extremely underqualified, any one can see that given his ‘opinion’ concerning qadianis. A clear indication that he has no understanding of Islamic usool.
    His response shows that despite his best efforts to portray himself as a humble liberal (for his employers) he is in fact an arrogant extremist and his treatment of you was rude, arrogant and vile.
    But then thats only his true face coming through.

    Allah bless you
    Ma’asalam

  8. March 21, 2008 at 9:53 am | #8

    very nice web site. My English is not so good, so I do not understandt it well, but it seems very good. Thanks

  9. February 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm | #9

    Hi, nice post. I couldn’t understand some parts of the article but it sounds interesting..
    Continue writing…

  10. Tehmina
    February 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm | #10

    I read Ziauddin Sardars blog with interest a few weeks back, then got bored and then saw that he had actually managed to start a debate with some muslims who had a different opinion to him. So first of all, good for Zia that he managed to stir upa debate..and second, good that ‘scholars’ and ‘non-scholars’ of Islam are able to now discuss why one group seems to have a monopoly over interpretation after having been ‘taught’ what the proper method of interpretation is ….

    Daroon says about Zia:

    “You’ll find that intention and sound creed are conditions placed by all scholars past and present. Why would that bother you Zia? Is your intention unsavoury? And is your creed not sound?”

    How does Daroon judge that Zia is not well-meaning in intent or not sound in his creed? These are such subjective terms. How are we to tell that Daroons intentions are good and Zias are not or vice versa? so this is a very useless and crass point by Daroon, and who cares if ‘scholars’ and ‘thinkers’, 1400 years ago decided to include them in their list of who is morally worthy to interpret….

    “Zia – what you are being accused of is lacking the knowledge to perform the task. ”

    Why? what is Zia lacking? He seems to be a reasonably bright and clever fellow, as you seem to be also, and just because you spent 4 years sitting in some class reading up on what different scholars thought about one particular line or verse etc, does not mean that Zia is not legitimately entitled to an opinion, or that his opinion based on his reading of the Quran (and by ignoring 1400 years of various interpretations by equally fallible men) does not deserve to be taken seriously.

    “you live in some secular elitist’s world where your fellow friends do not discuss and debate religion, whereas the masses do everyday in various places.”

    Are you saying that you dont live in a secular elitist world (and is that good?) Do you live in a tradition bound world steeped in religious orthodoxy?

    Maybe if you stepped inside this secular elitist world, you would find that people are more compassionate and merciful and concerned about the welfare of ordinary human beings, in line with the spirit and essence of the Quran. Is this a world which denies the rights of other human beings to express their opinions and to live their lives as they choose ? No. These people are way better than those who are ‘professional scholars’ of Islam and who make money out of telling people whether they have the ‘right intentions’ and the ‘true ‘ creed and whether sisters x face is suitably covered and whether her facial hair is enticing men to lust and whether there will be more women in heavan than men etc etc….please, I would say, spare us the ‘professional’ interpreters of Islam and give me a layperson any day.

  11. Daroon
    February 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm | #11

    Salam see below my Post on the CiF page.

    I find Zia’s complaint of Abdullah al-Hasan’s approach like the pot calling the kettle black – Zia does the same thing he makes judgments of Abdullah’s character…”some self-righteous Muslim, dripping in pieties and with sense of superiority”

    Zia says” It is simply deceitful to say that that the ulama, religious scholars, are not a clergy”

    No the two are not the same. In an established clergy you have formal hierarchy whereas in Islamic scholarship there is no formal Hierarchy. So it is deceitful of you to say this Zia.

    Zia says” The conditions set out are so specialised, followed by such a minority among the world’s Muslims”

    Again another lie, if you were to look at the number of people performing tafseer on a regular basis it is hardly small. You see, you try to portray the Muslims as uneducated, they are not. You seek to do this so that you can ‘rescue’ them from their blindness.

    Zia says “To challenge the traditional opinions of this elite body is presumption, the very presumption I am accused of”

    No Zia – what you are being accused of is lacking the knowledge to perform the task. As for your assumptions that you cannot have opinions that is simply not true, of course you can and you have had for many years. The Point is your opinion on the various verses of the Qur’an their meanings are nit necessarily acceptable as you have yet to demonstrate any foundation in its revelations.

    Zia says “The late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Bin Baz, was a typical scholar of the school of thought presented by al-Hasan”

    Oh Zia, Zia… how pathetic is this comment. If anything Shakyh bin Baz was accused of modernism and not maintaining traditionalism. This exactly shows why you have no traction with the noble task of interpretation as you are weak in your ability to grasp complex matters. Further, you will find that Al-Hasan’s point is more orthodox traditional to what you portray here. Please count to ten first!

    Zia says “It was exactly the same mentality that stopped the spread of printing in the Muslim world for centuries. The ulama, religious scholars, prohibited printing because they feared copies of the Qur’an would become commonplace, leading to Muslim masses not just reading them but interpreting them”

    Please do name these scholars if you are a truthful person. Who are these scholars that said to stop printing for centuries because the Qur’an will be common? The Saudi’s print Millions upon Millions of the Mushaf – hardly stacks up. I wait for the names Zia.

    Zia says “Al-Hasan has added a couple himself: such as “proper intention and sound creed”

    You didn’t count to ten did you zia. You’ll find that intention and sound creed are conditions placed by all scholars past and present. Why would that bother you Zia? Is your intention unsavoury? And is your creed not sound?

    Zia says “It saddens me that the kind of attitudes displayed by al-Hasan appear to regard such dialogue as impossible, presumptuous and unacceptable”

    This is the crux Zia – you live in some secular elitist’s world where your fellow friends do not discuss and debate religion, whereas the masses do everyday in various places. Yet they do that with the right tools so that misguidance can be avoided and the main purpose of the revelation be upheld. You cannot achieve either of these if your intention is not clear and your creed is not sound.

    The point is Zia, you can comment on teh Qur’an noone will stop you, but people have the right to challenge you and you should step down from your self centered “saviour of the uneducated” horse and accept that you can comment, but your comments are likely (and you have already done a few) to contain mistakes that will not be acceptable.

    But alas the point is missed on you!

  12. February 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm | #12

    Salam,

    I am not a Muslim but am very interested in Islam. I must confess I was delighted with the “blogging the Qur’an” project as it would allow the appalling ignorance of Islam generally to be corrected as well as my own.

    However I have great sympathy with your protest. Your basic point about undertaking training before explaining religious texts makes complete sense. People must not only be qualified but be seen to be qualified. This doesn’t prevent the dissemination of ignorance but it seems a *minimum * prerequisite, that everyone should be able to see qualifications before such interpretation be placed in the public domain.

    Be that as it may, it might be better to make use of this opportunity. Knowledge of the Islam is so poor that–and I think we should not question Ziauddin’s motivation without good evidence–that a project like this by a successful writer could do much good, provided it stimulates a constructive response.

    It would be very good if scholars were to use this blog as an opportunity to clarify the issues Ziaddin discusses from the perspectives of their own schools and to criticise Ziaddin’s commentary. This could help people to build up a much truer understanding than they have at the moment and for those that care to find excellent English-language commentary from authoritative sources.

    So I wish you the best of luck with your rival blog.

  13. gess
    January 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm | #13

    Assalamu-‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu,

    Good entry Maqasid,

    Madeleine has a good point there, because your post gives to impression that reading Qur’an and understanding it you need to be a “Mufti” or qualified, and that is not what Islam says, since Allah(swt) tells us that He made the Qur’an easy to read — one of many mercies of Allah(swt).

    There are many non-Muslims or Muslims today who interpret The Qur’an as they wish. Maybe you should instead focus on his mistakes and present your evidence.

    Wa’alaykum salam wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu

  14. maqasid
    January 19, 2008 at 11:02 pm | #14

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullah,

    Jazzakamullah for all your comments.

    Anonymous, thank you for your warm comments, I pray that Allah accepts our efforts and forgives our shortcomings.

    HijabHaven, your are absolutely correct, I pray that Allah guides this man to the straight and narrow path.

    mtakbar, jazzakAllah khair, I have replied to Madeleine’s comments. Please do forward any amendments or clarifications.

    Manas Shaykh, JazzakAllah khair for that suggestion. I will bear it mind next time insha’Allah.

    Daroon, jazzakAllah khair for your valuable suggestions, I hope I have incorporated them in my reply above.

    Rafay Kashmir, may Allah protect us from these people.

    Wassalam

  15. Rafay Kashmiri
    January 19, 2008 at 9:42 am | #15

    @ Good work, keep it up, send these
    colonial zurriats charlatans, cheap
    vendors to bait-ul hazian.
    Muffasir ? my foot !!

  16. Daroon
    January 18, 2008 at 11:28 pm | #16

    Salam Br Hasan,

    I think Madeleine’s question is sincere and I would suggest that perhaps you look at her central question which is how does the tradition of interpretation pass from one generation to another, how does ensure it does not become elitist etc.

    Wasalam

  17. January 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm | #17

    Salaam dear brother Abdullah Al-Hasan

    I just wanted to point out that the phrase “Sunni Islam” may give the non-savvy an impression that there are different Islams. It is safer to use “Sunni interpretations of Islam.”

    Wa’Salam

  18. mtakbar
    January 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm | #18

    Salaam,

    It looks like Madeline took notice of your email akhee: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/quran/2008/01/post_2.html

    “One of the most interesting reader responses came from a Muslims deeply concerned that Zia shouldn’t be doing this blog at all. He pointed out that you need no less than fifteen qualifications to do exegesis of the text, and that Zia should leave it to the real scholars and experts.

    Well, this is a very interesting point of view and it’s one which my own faith, Catholicism, has struggled with over its long history. At its heart, it’s an issue about how a tradition maintains its own orthodoxy, it seems to me. The historic fear is that if everybody starts interpreting the Qur’an or the Bible, we might end up with all kinds of crazy interpretations.

    The danger is that the tradition becomes authoritarian (insisting that its interpretation is the only one) and elitist. So how do you ensure a tradition is self-reproducing – ie. that the message is passed on in recognisable form from one generation to the next for thousands of years? Does it always require the kind of centralised authoritarian structures which Catholicism has developed? In the end, not even authoritarianism can squash the unorthodox – as both Islam and Catholicism know well – both have seen all kinds of inappropriate interpretations of their holy texts.

    It seems to me that Zia is doing something very brave and important which is claiming the space for the thoughtful humble believer to read and meditate on his faith’s holy text and interpret it for himself. Always open to challenge, correction and advice but ultimately using his/her free will.”

  19. January 18, 2008 at 6:39 am | #19

    assalmu’alaykum,
    nowadays it is not uncommon to see those who feel they are qualified scholars just by reading excerpts from the Qur’an. they fail to realise the amount of work Rasulullah (saw) put into recording and teaching the Qur’an to his followers.
    one of the sighs of qiyamah is that Allah Ta’ala will remove knowledge of Islam from our lives. this is one way – a blogger arrrogantly blogging about the Qur’an – i can’t imagine how misleading this is in our times.
    insha’Allah there will be those who step up and counter this deception.

  20. Anonymous
    January 17, 2008 at 11:41 am | #20

    Dear Br Abdullah,
    I am very pleased with the way you have portrayed your views regarding the challenge of interpreting The Quran through quotes from The Quran and Hadith. It is unfortunate that there are many people who are willing to undertake such imperative tasks but yet without the full knowledge or understanding. It has come in a Hadith that a time will come when people will approach others for knowledge, however, these people will possess them with knowledge that they do not know themselves, they will lead these people astray and will lead themselves astray. May Allah save us all from this mishap. Ameen.

    I salute you for the advice you have given this brother and pray Allah guides us all. You have put your point across very well Masha’Allah.

  21. maqasid
    January 17, 2008 at 1:38 am | #21

    Salams,

    Br Omar what are the project are you referring to?

    Watcher, nice to see your tricks have not changed.

    Mr Sarda has not responded yet, I very much doubt that he will. Thats the problem with these people; like Ed, when you confront them with the truth they flee and hide behind their neo-con masters.

    wslm

  22. Watcher
    January 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm | #22

    Why is islam judged harshly? Why indeed…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7191597.stm

  23. Omar
    January 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm | #23

    My apologies, I thought you were referring to other projects.

    I agree that SMC and the likes of Ed are completely off the radar.

  24. Jasmin Ali
    January 16, 2008 at 1:25 pm | #24

    Salam,

    May Allah reward you brother Abdullah. I totally agree with you, have you thought of posting what the Siunni traditional scholars have mentioned in regards to the issues raised by Sarda, also perhaps there could be a group of scholars where you would make a thematic commentary of the Qur’an that is clear and approachable for the non muslims?

    Thank you

  25. maqasid
    January 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm | #25

    Wassalamu Alaikum to you brothers and Jazzakummulahu khairan for your comments.

    Br Omar, I would have to disagree with you, I do not think I was harsh in expressing what I feel are covert ideological attacks that have been waged against the traditional orthodox muslims. The RAND report and the actions of some of these muslims such as the SMC are sufficient for me as proof.

    Br Saleem, projects like the SMC and individuals like Ed Hussain are nothing but puppets for them, they use them to forward their agenda of liberalising and reforming muslims how they see fit.

    Br Daroon, yes you are correct the non muslims will be falling prey at this pathetic venture, that is why we need our scholars here in the U.K to start something to counter this. I have e-mailed few that I am aware of and whom I think are capable so let see Insha’Allah.

    Wassalam
    A.Hasan

  26. Daroon
    January 16, 2008 at 11:42 am | #26

    Salam Br Al-Hasan,

    May Allah reward you with His abundant Mercy for such a wondrous effort. I am sure that no Muslim who has any rudimentary understanding of Islam will see Br Zia’s blog as authoritative – rather they will be like us disappointed in his venture. But the damage will be done to the non-Muslims who will no doubt try to make this authoritative. As for the “neo-con” agenda – this fits exactly with the strategy as outlined by the RAND report – so I would support your suspicions.

  27. Saleem
    January 16, 2008 at 5:52 am | #27

    Akhee Omar are you referring to the ‘Sufi’Muslim Council (SMC)? If so and that was indeed what Akh Abdullah was suggesting in his article then masha’allaah we should all agree with him.

    Why? All evidences show that they are nothing but stooges of gov. and they do not do much of a job pretending otherwise either as they are proud of their reputation.

    Even the mainstream Sufis reject them as nothing but puppets.

    See: http://sufimuslimcouncil.blogspot.com/

  28. Omar
    January 16, 2008 at 3:39 am | #28

    Very good letter, I just wish non-Muslims would know that we, the vast majority of Muslims, reject him as an interpretor and therefore his Qur’an blog holds no weight.

    Dear brother Abdullah,

    On another note, I think you have been harsh and outright taken a negative approach to judging some of your brothers. In particular to note that without stating actual evidence you claim that your brothers and sisters have an un-Islamic intent (to direct people into harm). To have hold that opinion to judge people is wrong in itself.

    I know you didn’t mention any names, but it is clear that you are refering to some well known projects of recent years. But let us refrain from implying that people are hell bent and funded by neocons when we cannot prove such.

    Although on many accounts, I would agree whole heartedly about many particular individuals who have proven and aligned themselves with the neocon cheerleaders.

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