Reformist Muslim

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Food For Thought

"A people whose religion teaches them to despise others, whose heaven is supposed to be ruined by drinking water touched by a neighbour, who have to protect their sanctity by insulting others - such a people deserves no better fate than humiliation."

From the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jordan said...

"Wouldn't it be great if every religion didn't believe they had a direct line to g-d"

Woody Allen

[paraphrasing from Deconstructing Harry]

7:32 pm, January 23, 2006  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

That's a great line which I completely agree with. The word which I think encapsulates it best is 'triumphalism'.

What's particularly interesting about Tagore is that for a time he was a firm believer in Hindu revivalism as a response to British Imperialism.

However witnessing the effects of communalism led him to change his mind and take a more universalist, humanist approach.

10:16 pm, January 23, 2006  
Blogger Jordan said...

reformist_muslim, you MUST rent these two movies:

1. Bananas (everything you need to know about politics)

2. Deconstructing Harry

Woody Allen is a prophet! He might be a tad nuerotic... but what great artist isn't :)

Also, I would love for you to blog more about your relationships and experiences within the believer community.

Have they accepted your reformest idiology?

10:10 pm, January 24, 2006  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Thanks for the recommendations Jordan. I'll definitely try and watch them.

As for my personal experiences - if I think something is really interesting I'll post it. Let's see what happens.

9:23 pm, January 26, 2006  

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