Ali Eteraz is “an avowed Humanist. Sanctity for the life and dignity of all individuals trumps affiliation with ideologies, religions, or organizations. Nevertheless, I believe as a Muslim what I do not believe as a philosopher. In my private life I am a practicing Muslim and observe the best I can with a few notable hedonistic vices. I do not like being called a ‘moderate Muslim’ and I think you should reconsider your use of that term. Reformist, Liberal, Progressive, Humanist are OK.”
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I like England.
It produced Milton and Shakespeare. Dickens and TS Eliot. It is the place where I had my best fistfight. I have family there, friends who are Brits, and spent time living in London. I also received a fellowship to study the radicalization of Pakistani-Brits in the year 2000, but for various reasons I was unable to carry out the research (and ended up writing on Islamic Humanism instead). When previously staying in London, I was deeply alarmed by what was described to me as the “Muslim Fringe.” I mean, the henchmen of Muslim radicals like Omar Bakri Muhammad and Abu Hamza and the gullible goons of the Al-Muhajiroun (The Emigrants) movement. But that “fringe” has now become the spearhead of Western-based Muslim fanaticism.
Something is rotten among the state of British Muslims….