I wrote this post around the same time last year on my xanga, but I recently read something that quoted Said Ramadan and thought of putting this up again with edits:
“Our problem is one of spirituality. If a man comes to speak to me about the reforms to be undertaken in the Muslim world, about political strategies and of great geo-strategic plans, my first question to him would be whether he performed the dawn prayer in its time….
…Power is not our objective: what have we to do with it? Our goal is love of the Creator, the fraternity and justice of Islam. This is our message to dictators….
Our ethical behavior and conscience of good and evil is an arm that is used against us by despots, the lovers of titles, power, and money. They do that which we cannot do; they lie as we cannot lie, they betray as we cannot betray, and kill as we cannot kill. Our exactness before God is, in their eyes, our weakness. This apparent weakness is our real strength.”
— Said Ramadan, father of Tariq Ramadan Continue reading