See, quite a rare bird: a Muslim Critic

It is my thesis that most of the problems of the Muslim world boil down to lack of criticism, self-criticism, which also means lack of imagination and creativity. And if we are to change things for the better, first of all we have to critically engage with the world. Even before we do that, we have to appreciate that we live in a diverse and pluralistic world, with different notions of truth. That means we have to learn to appreciate other notions of truth and look at them with respect and dignity, and realise that our claim — that we have the monopoly over sole truth — looks quite absurd to others.

At the same time, we have to look critically at ourselves, our worldview. A great deal of what we believe in is manufactured dogma. A lot of this was manufactured in history but sometimes in front of our eyes and justified with all sorts of Ahadees which have no basis in authenticity or our history. So criticism is essential. Critical Muslim is essentially about looking at Islam, Muslims and the world critically. We critique everything — the West, the Muslim societies, culture, science and technology. We believe that without thorough criticism, we cannot reach a true understanding of life and do something positive to change our societies.

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“Much of what we believe in is manufactured dogma”

 TNS – The News on Sunday.

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2 thoughts on “See, quite a rare bird: a Muslim Critic

  1. Sr Tonosanches ,puede decirme q esta escrito en el fondo de esta pag ? aparecio un fondo negro con letras en arabe . .Sobre el articulo ,creo saludable el ejercicio de la critica y la tolerancia ..su explicacion es razonable ,.

    • En el texto se lee algo, pero lo que suena no es árabe… se lee “waddafac” … es una de las cosas que suelo repetir cuando leo sobre Middle East,… Nunca deja de sorprenderme.

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