11-16-2005, 04:21 PM #1
Jordan's king: There's a problem inside of Islam!
The Financial Times published an interview with Jordan's King to discuss the terrorist attacks that happened recently in Jordan. I was surprised to read the King's claim about Islam since he is Muslim himself, from English mother of course.
Jordan's king pledges tough line on terror
By Sharmila Devi
Published: November 16 2005 11:34 | Last updated: November 16 2005 11:34
King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday reiterated he would not let last week's suicide attacks that killed 57 people in Amman derail much-vaunted political and economic reforms or his pro-western policies.
In an interview with foreign newspapers including the Financial Times, he rejected accusations that he and his government had lost credibility or failed in the campaign to promote moderate Islam, saying the battle against extremism would take decades.
"There's a problem inside of Islam. The problem is not Jordan or the United States or Saudi Arabia," the king maintained.
Last Wednesday's attacks left Jordanians shocked and sparked protests even though many had predicted such an event given Jordan's support in the US-led war against Saddam Hussein in neighbouring Iraq, where insurgents carry out almost daily attacks.
Eleven top Jordanian officials, including the kingdom's national security adviser, resigned on Tuesday in the wake of last week's triple hotel bombings, state-run TV announced.
King Abdullah appointed Marouf al-Bakhit, Jordan's ambassador to Israel, to replace his outgoing security chief Saad Kheir, a former chief of Jordan's intelligence department.
Jordan has been left struggling to balance a security crackdown to prevent further attacks while forging ahead with promised changes towards greater political participation and openness.
King Abdullah defended the decision to air on state television the confession of a would-be suicide bomber who failed to detonate her explosives last week.
He said that the weekend capture of Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi, who was the wife of one of the three suicide bombers that targeted three hotels last week, came about after al-Qaeda in Iraq led by Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi posted a claim on the internet saying three men and a woman were involved.
"The public wanted to know that we've got her," said the king. "She's giving us leads and we want to make sure we get the whole network."
He also said she had only recently married.
"This is what they call a marriage of convenience because they [the extremists] have their ethics that if a woman is to go and kill innocent people, she has to be accompanied by a husband."
The attacks appear to have seriously eroded support for al-Qaeda, which was registered in recent opinion polls at around 60 per cent.
A survey in Wednesday's Al Ghad newspaper shows some 86 per cent of respondents roundly condemning al-Qaeda.
The Jordanian authorities are taking no chances and introduced strict anti-terror measures on Tuesday, including the demand that all foreigners renting properties be reported to the authorities within 48 hours.
Last week's suicide bombers, who were all Iraqis, travelled to Jordan only days before the attack.
The Interior Ministry is also planning legislation, including the power to hold any suspect indefinitely, that would add to the arsenal of the intelligence services, which already dominate public life inside the country.
Nonetheless, King Abdullah said the government would push ahead with its National Agenda of reforms, including efforts to encourage political parties and lessen tribalism, speed up privatisation and introduce a flat tax rate.
The king is also working with the European Union on plans to abolish capital punishment.
"We want to lead as the first country in the Middle East to do away with capital punishment," he said.
11-17-2005, 12:57 AM #2
Good article. Did you know that Jordan has one of the best intel and counter-terror units in the world. They're amazing. Whoever carried out the attacks will be found and dealt with; no doubt about it. As for a problem in Islam: definitely! But again, blame the leaders, the evil Imams...not the Muslim masses.
11-17-2005, 07:21 AM #3Originally Posted by Alex2
11-17-2005, 07:27 AM #4
Here is a great article by a person I respect Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Islam's forsaken renaissance
By Mahathir bin Mohamad
Children often play a game where they sit in a circle. One whispers something to his neighbour, who then whispers that information to the next child, and so on, around the circle. By the time the last child whispers the information to the first, it is totally different from what was originally said.
Something like that seems to have happened within Islam. The Prophet of Islam, Mohammad, brought one — and only one — religion. Yet today we have perhaps a thousand religions that all claim to be Islam.
Divided by their different interpretations, Muslims do not play the role they once did in the world; instead, they are weakened and victimised. The Shiite/Sunni schism is so deep that each side condemns followers of the other as apostates, kafir. The belief that the other's religion is not Islam, and its followers not Muslim, has underpinned internecine wars in which millions have died — and continue to die.
Even among the Sunnis and Shiites there are further divisions. The Sunnis have four imams and the Shiites have twelve; their teachings all differ. Then there are other divisions, including the Druze, the Alawites and the Wahabis.
We are also taught by our ulemas (religious instructors) that their teachings must not be questioned. Islam is a faith. It must be believed. Logic and reason play no part in it. But what is it that we must believe when each branch of Islam thinks the other one is wrong? The Koran, after all, is one book, not two or three, or a thousand.
According to the Koran, a Muslim is anyone who bears witness that “there is no God (Allah) but Allah, and that Mohammad is His rasul (messenger)”. If no other qualification is added, then all those who subscribe to these precepts must be regarded as Muslims. But because we Muslims like to add qualifications that often derive from sources other than the Koran, our religion's unity has been broken.
But perhaps the greatest problem is the progressive isolation of Islamic scholarship — and much of Islamic life — from the rest of the modern world. We live in an age of science in which people can see around corners, hear and see things happening in outer space, and clone animals. And all of these things seem to contradict our belief in the Koran.
This is so because those who interpret the Koran are learned only in religion, in its laws and practices, and thus are usually unable to understand today's scientific miracles. The fatwas (legal opinions concerning Islamic law) that they issue appear unreasonable and cannot be accepted by those with scientific knowledge.
One learned religious teacher, for example, refused to believe that a man had landed on the moon. Others assert that the world was created 2,000 years ago. The age of the universe and its size measured in light years — these are things that the purely religiously trained ulemas cannot comprehend. This failure is largely responsible for the sad plight of so many Muslims.
Today's oppression, the killings and the humiliations of Muslims, occurs because we are weak, unlike the Muslims of the past. We can feel victimised and criticise the oppressors, but to stop them we need to look at ourselves. We must change for our own good. We cannot ask our detractors to change, so that Muslims benefit.
So what do we need to do? In the past, Muslims were strong because they were learned. Mohammad's injunction was to read, but the Koran does not say what to read. Indeed, there was no “Muslim scholarship” at the time, so to read meant to read whatever was available. The early Muslims read the works of the great Greek scientists, mathematicians and philosophers. They also studied the works of the Persians, the Indians and the Chinese.
The result was a flowering of science and mathematics. Muslim scholars added to the body of knowledge and developed new disciplines, such as astronomy, geography and new branches of mathematics. They introduced numerals, enabling simple and limitless calculations.
But around the fifteenth century, the learned in Islam began to curb scientific study. They began to study religion alone, insisting that only those who study religion — particularly Islamic jurisprudence — gain merit in the afterlife. The result was intellectual regression at the very moment that Europe began embracing scientific and mathematical knowledge.
And so, as Muslims were intellectually regressing, Europeans began their renaissance, developing improved ways of meeting their needs, including the manufacture of weapons that eventually allowed them to dominate the world.
By contrast, Muslims fatally weakened their ability to defend themselves by neglecting, even rejecting, the study of allegedly secular science and mathematics, and this myopia remains a fundamental source of the oppression suffered by Muslims today. Many Muslims still condemn the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kamal, because he tried to modernise his country. But would Turkey be Muslim today without Ataturk? Mustafa Kamal's clear-sightedness saved Islam in Turkey and saved Turkey for Islam.
Failure to understand and interpret the true and fundamental message of the Koran has brought only misfortune to Muslims. By limiting our reading to religious works and neglecting modern science, we destroyed Islamic civilisation and lost our way in the world.
The Koran says that “Allah will not change our unfortunate situation unless we make the effort to change it”. Many Muslims continue to ignore this and, instead, merely pray to Allah to save us, to bring back our lost glory. But the Koran is not a talisman to be hung around the neck for protection against evil. Allah helps those who improve their minds.
11-17-2005, 10:39 AM #5Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
11-17-2005, 10:56 AM #6Originally Posted by AIZ
I respect him, because he blames Muslims and tell them to change. And is against violence, suicide bombs, and such.
He said the Jews use their brains to win "battles", and Muslims should try to do the same. Some parts I dont agree with, but he is a forward thinking individual.
11-17-2005, 11:01 AM #7Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
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