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A Quote by Muhammad Asad on muslims, islam, muhammad, jesus christ, christianity, faith, actions, interfaith, and shaykh mustafa al-maraghi

...the Muslims of recent times had fallen very short indeed of the ideals of their faith, ...nothing could be more erroneous than to measure the potentialities of Muhammad's message by the yardstick of present-day Muslim life and thought - just as he [Shaykh Mustafa al-Maraghi] said, 'it would be erroneous to see in the Christians' unloving behavior toward one another a refutation of Christ's message of love...'

Muhammad Asad

Source: The Road to Mecca

Contributed by: mattmoes

A Quote by Muhammad Asad on shaykh mustafa al-maraghi, al-azhar, islam, muslims, ijtihad, imitation, reform, and thought

They are like those sacred cows in India which, I am told, eat up all the printed paper they can find in the streets... Yes, they gobble up all the printed pages from books that have been written centuries ago, but they do not digest them. They no longer think for themselves; they read and repeat, read and repeat - and the students who listen to them learn only to read and repeat, generation after generation. ...on the whole, Al-Azhar has lapsed into the sterility from which the whole Muslim world is suffering... If there is to be any change for the better, thinking must be encouraged instead of the present thought-imitation...

~ Shaykh Mustafa al-Maraghi, Quoted by Muhammad Asad in The Road To Mecca

Muhammad Asad

Source: The Road to Mecca

Contributed by: mattmoes

A Quote by Muhammad Asad on muslims, islam, and progress

If the Muslims keep their heads cool and accept progress as a means and not an end in itself, they may pass on to Western man the lost secret of life's sweetness...

Muhammad Asad

Source: The Road to Mecca

Contributed by: mattmoes

A Quote by Lev Nikolaevich Gumilev on islam, byzantine empire, ethnoi, and arabs

Islam united all heresies persecuted in Byzantine Empire and synthesised them well into a conseffion that later became a symbol of Arab self-affirmation.

Lev Gumilev

Source: Ethnogenesis and the Biosphere

Contributed by: Timmy Gun

A Quote by Haroon Siddiqui on jihad, islam, and terrorism

Chapter 5

Jihad and Terrorism

Every Muslim must do jihad (struggle).  Must do.  In the literal meaning of the word, they strive in the path of God by observing the five essentials of Islam and trying to be good human beings.

            The Prophet Muhammed, upon returning from one war, said, “We have come from the smaller jihad to the greater jihad.”  Asked what he meant, he replied, “the jihad against oneself.”

            The word jihad strikes fear in the West, where it is understood soley in terms of war, but it is a more benign word for most Muslims.  To them, the first jihad is the struggle against the ego. Then there’s the jihad against the devil.  There’s also the jihad of the tongue to spread the word of Islam.  There’s the jihad of charity.  There’s the jihad of the pen to spread knowledge.  These are all individual jihads.

            Muslims are also sometimes urged to undertake similarly peaceful but collective jihads for the most mundane matters, such as the jihad for cleanliness, once declared by the Egyptian government; the jihad for literacy, initiated by the Tunisian government; the jihad against corruption in government, periodically proclaimed in Pakistan with little or no success; the jihad for water conservation, and so on.

            “Nowadays, jihad is often used without any religious connotation, more or less equivalent to the English word, crusade – ‘a crusade against drugs,’” writes Rudolph Peters, professor at the University of Amsterdam.  “If used in the religious context, the adjective ‘Islamic’ or ‘holy’ is added to the jihad.”

            But in the West where jihad is a highly charged term, especially since 9/11, we have two parallel discourses.  Those looking to discredit Islam insist that it is an inherently violent religion.  “Look, it says right here in the Qur’an,” they say.  Osama bin Laden and other terrorists quote these same Qur’anic passages to justify terrorism.  But most Muslims and many non-Muslims say Islam is a religion of peace, and they resent that both Islamophobes and militant Muslims are twisting it’s meaning to suit their disparate agendas.

            Falling somewhere in the middle is the Western media narrative on holy war.  The American media, in particular, have played hot and cold on the issue.  They were highly critical when Iranians rallied under the Islamic banner for the 1979 revolution that toppled the pro-American dictator, the Shah.  But during the US-backed 1980-89 holy war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the media glorified the 35,000 Mujahideen (those waging jihad) who had been recruited from forty-three Muslim countries and paid for by the Central Intelligence Agency, and whom President Ronald Reagan called the moral equivalent of America’s founding fathers.  Dan Rather, CBS-TV news anchor, proudly posed on the Afghan frontier wearing the local costume of long shirt and pantaloons, as if he had joined the jihad himself.

            The media adopted a more neutral tone during Saddam Hussein’s 1980-88 war on Iran, which he called a jihad and which the United States supported.  The media became hostile when Israel and America were targeted – by the Hezbollah during the 1982-2000 Israeli occupation of Lebanon, by some Palestinians during the second intifadah, by Al Qaeda on 9/11 and by various groups since in occupied Iraq and elsewhere.

            Holy war is good when it suits the West but evil when it doesn’t.

Haroon Siddiqui

Source: Being Muslim (Groundwork Guides)

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by R. David Coolidge on god, allah, scholar, scholarship, glory, teach, islam, and ecumenicism

I do know that Allah will debase the scholar who speaks for his own vainglory, and will honor the one who writes and teaches and learns for His sake alone.

R. David Coolidge

Source: http://www.islamicamagazine.com/issue-20/the-sincere-muslim-intellectual.html

Contributed by: KevinBeck

A Quote by Quran on quran, islam, muhammad, and sufism

If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would be spent before the Words of my lord are spent.

Quran

Source: Quran

Contributed by: Farhad

A Quote by Malcolm X on islam, truth, justice, and humanity

My thinking had been opened wide in Mecca. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.

Malcolm X (1925 - 1965)

Source: The Autobiography of Malcolm X : As Told to Alex Haley

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Paul Simon on judaism, islam, christianity, disagreements, and understanding

The Wisdom is old, the Koran is old, the Bible is old. Disagreements? Work 'em out.

Paul Simon

Source: "Old," from the Album "You're the One," 2000

Contributed by: Iskandar

A Quote by Quran on islam

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He [Satan] said: "My Lord, because You misled me, I will make things on Earth seem good to them. I will mislead them all, every one of them, except Your servants among them who are sincere." (Qur'an, 15:39-40)

Quran

Source: The Quran

Contributed by: Azazzel

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