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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Sheikh v. The Kufr

Some of you may recall a dynamite clip of Wafa Sultan on al-Jazeera to which I linked nearly three weeks ago. As my father-in-law would say, Sultan geshmettered her opposition vi a bedbug (crushed him like a bedbug). In fact, Sultan so dominated the debate that al-Jazeera apologized for running it, and had to cancel re-runs of the particular episode featuring her since many viewers felt offended by her remarks, perceived to be demonizing Islam. And you knew there would be a response.

On his popular al-Jazeera program, Shari'a and Life, prominent conservative Egyptian Muslim Scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi responds to Wafa Sultan's criticism of Islam on her most recent debate appearance. He condemns the debate show's host, Faysal al-Qassem, for allowing her on. But, as you will see, most of his 'response' was to accuse Sultan of using 'unreliable' Muslim doctrines and to denigrate the Torah and blame it for the manner in which Islam behaves.

For Arabic-speaking viewers, the whole segment featuring Qaradawi's response can be seen on al-Jazeera's Youtube channel here:


At 4:23 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Qaradawi has some points that we can learn from. First, when challenging the ideology of Islam (and we must if we are to win the global jihad), just to have a conversation we must show we are informed and we are fair--i.e., when possible use the most authenticated ("sahih") hadiths, rather than parading for criticism a weak, or even good one, without noting it's a weaker hadith.

Second, instead of Christians and Catholics playing kissy with these dhimmi ecumenical memos of understanding (such as "A Common Word Between Us and You") focusing on superficially apparent, similarities between radically, dissimilar religions/ideologies, we need to honestly communicate the differences, including how context informs interpretation of the Torah contrasted with how Sunnah context informs interpretation of Qur'an. I am not altogether surprised with Qaradawi's misunderstanding about the misappropriated Tanakh commands he cites given the types of Catholic. Orthodox and Christian denominations (those that adhere to replacement theology) he is exposed to in the Middle East and even Europe.


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