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To Muslims and Arabs across the globe:
Reject hate, embrace love. Bring out the best in Islam by showing your compassion, gratitude and forgiveness. Make the holy land truly holy by giving Israel and the Jewish people the respect they deserve in their tiny little country. This is not a crisis over land. It is a crisis of the soul; a crisis in our faith, judgement and self confidence. Israel should not be regarded as an enemy, but as a blessing to our neighborhood. We need not fear peace, but embrace it.
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I found Nonie's comment about the beauty of the Arab language, coupled with its intellectual sterility to be intriguing. As someone who is essentially limited to English, perhaps the best analogy I can come up with is to opera (of which most lyrics are in languages I don't understand). But the beauty of grand opera comes through to me, even though the intellectual content may be rather vapid.ReplyDelete
everyone in the west should read Nonie, I just found her on c-span...Her insights on all things islam are profound for all Americans...ReplyDelete
LOL!!!!! Nonie, I was born a Lebanese Catholic, and I admire how you blame the 'backwardness' experienced in the muslim countries on the language, not Islam's teachings (God forbids). You are right, maybe that will lead 'followers' (that's all they are) to reinvent the Koran! All in the effort of improving the language. You never know. They can start by exploring the meaning of the 'mermaids' (Hoor el ein) awaiting them with open arms in heaven. I mean once they realise that mermaids are half fish... Oops!ReplyDelete
I admire your 'roundabout' critique, so as not to be discredited. Oh! maybe now they will wake up and listen to people like you.
We definitely need more literature professionals (not Sheikhs) in the Arabic world to lead Koranic discussions, debates and 'critical thinking' in all subjects.