Monday, January 23, 2017

THE QUESTION

“How can anyone who is rational believe in and practice a religion such as Islam that promotes violence, terror, suicide bombings and is blatantly against fundamental human rights and freedom?”
An acquaintance asked me this question a couple of years ago while we were having dinner in a restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although I have been asked many questions
about Islam during my teaching career, I was taken aback by this one. For a moment, I was not sure how to respond.There was only one answer to give, and it was a counter question: "HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT ISLAM?"
-Ali Asani. “Exploring Muslim Understandings of Islam."