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Many Muslims Need to Do Some Soul-Searching
All I can say to my fellow Muslims is, 'We have met the enemy and he is us.'
Today we Muslims face a crisis like never before. With Saudi Arabia and Qatar at each other's throats ... [and] dictators flexing muscle in Egypt and Pakistan, all I can say to my fellow Muslims is to echo the cartoon character Pogo when he said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Allow me to share with you a quote about the depth of the ossification that has rendered too many Muslim minds irrational, unreasonable and in need of anger management. In 1974, the Cornell-educated Indian Islamic scholar Hashim Amir-Ali translated the Qur'an and published it in its chronological order, the way it was revealed, as against how it was collated many years after the death of Prophet Muhammad.
He wrote in the preamble:
The Qur'an is read parrot-like in most Muslim homes. ... The religion that passes for Islam today – the Islam of the masses and of the ruling classes in every Muslim country – is the Islam of the Middle Ages and not exactly the Islam of the Qur'an or the Prophet. ... The lines of thought laid down a thousand years ago have vitiated the entire course of Muslim thought and history. It is this legacy of the past that has to be faced today.