Border, Leadership and Partner Change

Leaders in moderate Muslim countries have the difficult task of bringing their followers, as well as Muslims of less moderate countries, into a state of grace and understanding such that the desire to enter paradise will overcome the promises of those false leaders who offer martyrdom as the reward for certain political acts such as murder and mayhem in South Thailand, suicide in Pakistan, Iraq, or killing demonstrators in Libya. It would be nice to have a real Caliph once again, who could tell us which “jihad” was the true one, and however, we must now make do with what we have in our religion, and our own intelligence. Continue reading

Moderate Islam- Clash or Convergence?

In New York City recently, the Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak has shown clever timing in proposing a worldwide confederation of the more civilized Muslim countries to present the “real”, as opposed to “extreme”, form of Islam. His call for a “Global Movement of the Moderates” was aimed at rallying leaders and intellectuals of the Islamic world to come forward and state their stand openly and firmly against extremism. Certainly, this is an idea whose time has come. The next question is, can the Muslim majority agree as to what “moderate Islam” really means? Continue reading

Suicide bombings must be stopped now

Because the majority of Muslim scholars and leaders continue, with their silence on the issue, to sanction by default the use of suicide to “further the Islamic agenda”, we now begin to see young people making career and life-choices tantamount to the suicide of their own souls. Continue reading