17 May 2007
No-one has ever heard of Sufi terrorism.
No-one has ever heard of Sufi terrorism. Everyone, enemies included, knows that the very idea is absurd.
Two years ago, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, warned of the dangers of mass terrorism to American cities; and he was brushed aside as a dangerous alarmist. Muslim organisations are no doubt beginning to regret their treatment of him. The movement for traditional Islam will, we hope, become enormously strengthened in the aftermath of the recent events, accompanied by a mass exodus from Wahhabism, leaving behind only a merciless hardcore of well-financed zealots. Those who have tried to take over the controls of Islam, after reading books from we-know-where, will have to relinquish them, because we now know their destination.
This is from Tim Winters, Cambridge University lecturer in Islam, he also goes by the name of Abdal-Hakim Murad and preaches friday prayer in a Cambridge Mosque. He is the big name when it comes to 'neo-traditional Islam' in the UK, advocating a tolerant sufism. I guess there are things I would disagree with him about but as we know the Sufi strain of Islam is important and he writes with great flair and clarity.
This piece is about September 11th and I guess those of you familar with his work will have read it before but I think it is important to flag up to new audiences as part of the debate for those of us who reject both Islamphobia and reactionary forms of Islam.
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