A Muslim Intellectual is an oxymoron – generally
From: Royal Decor99 firstname.lastname@example.org
A beautiful write up by Vinod! This reminds me of a clipping in Gulf News dated 29 Sept 2006. “The intellectual situation in the Arab world is not just retarded, but is suffering from ignorance and lack of acknowledgement, said a Saudi intellectual at a lecture yesterday. During the lecture hosted by Gen Shk Md Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince……–Ebrahim Al Belehi, Member of Saudi Shura Council, discussed the STRUCTURE OF RETARDATION IN THE ARAB MIND.
Arabs and Muslims are in a very bad condition. We live out of history. As a matter of fact, we hinder the movement of history, and still live with pre-historic mentality, said Al Belehi. He said the world has keys, and we must know how to use them well. He said the west started developing after authorities lost their holy nature, and when reason and criticism prevailed.
Al Belehi said the Arab mind is too rigid, and relied too much on references and authorities, which resulted in duplications. Authorities must be criticized, challenged and questioned, and must not be given holy quality, he said. He termed the current Arab culture as a culture of the dead–only the living deserves respect and encouragement, since they participate in change and development for humanitarian benefit.
Al Belehi reviewed intellectual stages of the human civilization, and the changes that affected them, and said cultures are infinite bodies that move and develop and interact with changes—they must move and compete to improve, and thoughts need to reach the public until the right vision is reached.——“.
While people like Belahi are in a minority, they are voicing their opinions openly to prove that Arabs have to change with times and scientific developments.
Any rational intellectual person cannot hold on to Islam. If he/she holds Islam, he/she is not rational or intellectual. Ali Sina gave up Islam. I do not know why Salman Rushdie, the author of Satanic Verses, still identifies himself as a Muslim. The kafirs have no need to tolerate the Islam barbarity and jihads. –Skanda987