Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Mid-East Realities has a little blurb about Sheikh Al-Ansari from Qatar University. I've read some of his stuff, and it brought to mind a conversation Corky and I had the other day. Islam's biggest problem is the lack of a Martin Luther. Al-Ansari is right when he says Islam has stagnated. In many important ways it has, and that has allowed two-hundred years of Wahab teachings dominate Islam. I know it's characterized as an extremist faction, but that's hardly the case. Wahabism is a major influence on Islam all over the world, and can be seen in the governments of almost all Islamic nations; it also rears its ugly head among moderates living in the free world. It certainly wasn't Sufis who wanted Muslims to be tried under Sharia law in Britain.