Recent Letters to the Gulf News, Dubai

I am pleased to share with you my two letters to the Gulf News Daily published from Dubai, UAE. They are abridged versions of two earlier posts in this blog.

The way to unity

The biggest threat to Islam is neither secularism nor Christianity but preachers like Dr Zakir Naik, who argue without knowing the basic principles of the religion (“Secularism a threat to Islam, Naik says”, Gulf News, August 23). According to him, “if you know just one word” you preach and no further qualification is needed. Strangely enough he suggests the sole solution for Muslim unity is to go directly to the Quran and the Hadith. The way to unity is to follow the rich traditions of Islam. The Quran and Sunnah need sound and profound scholarship to understand and interpret correctly. It is shocking to hear him say: “Every Muslim should be a terrorist to the anti-Muslim racist.” It is not Islamic at all and goes against the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). None should be terrified to see a Muslim. But everyone should be captivated and attracted by their noble character. Islam has spread across the world by the sublime qualities of its followers and not by hateful words or dreadful swords. http://gulfnews.com/opinions/letters/letters-august-28-2010-1.673945

No compromise
Do we Muslims need a mosque at Ground Zero (“Obama at the centre of cultural clash over Ground Zero mosque”, Gulf News, August 15)? I personally don’t think so, especially if people out there are not comfortable with the concept. We can build mosques anywhere but without compromising the feelings of our neighbours! We need peace and tranquillity for all. That is what this great religion is all about. What Muslims would like to erect at ground zero is a suitable memorial in honour of the innocent victims of the September 11 attack. A 13-storey building named Cordoba House is said to have public facilities for athletics, arts, performances, lectures series, forums and weddings, as well as a prayer space, which makes opponents frown at! It has got support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the US President Barack Obama. With all its political and moral support, we need to maintain that it should not irk the people of the land and we hold high the fact that there should be no compromise on peace.http://gulfnews.com/opinions/letters/latters-august-22-2010-1.671273

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