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  1. bvilleyellowdog says:

    Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative is one of America’s leading thinkers of Sufism, the mystical form of Islam, which in terms of goals and outlook couldn’t be farther from the violent Wahhabism of the jihadists. His videos and sermons preach love, the remembrance of God (or “zikr”) and reconciliation. His slightly New Agey rhetoric makes him sound, for better or worse, like a Muslim Deepak Chopra. But in the eyes of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, he is an infidel-loving, grave-worshiping apostate; they no doubt regard him as a legitimate target for assassination.
    For such moderate, pluralistic Sufi imams are the front line against the most violent forms of Islam. In the most radical parts of the Muslim world, Sufi leaders risk their lives for their tolerant beliefs, every bit as bravely as American troops on the ground in Baghdad and Kabul do. Sufism is the most pluralistic incarnation of Islam — accessible to the learned and the ignorant, the faithful and nonbelievers — and is thus a uniquely valuable bridge between East and West.
    The great Sufi saints like the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi held that all existence and all religions were one, all manifestations of the same divine reality. What was important was not the empty ritual of the mosque, church, synagogue or temple, but the striving to understand that divinity can best be reached through the gateway of the human heart: that we all can find paradise within us, if we know where to look. In some ways Sufism, with its emphasis on love rather than judgment, represents the New Testament of Islam.

  2. Hucking Fypocrites says:

    Just take a break, Alfie. Don’t quit outright. I know from experience that you’ll grow to miss the outlet it provides.

  3. Alfie says:

    Of course the problem for Mr Dalrymple and Co. is that the Sufis won’t be running scanners at the door of the Cordoba Inst. This means, as I’ve asserted elsewhere, that no matter you opinion of Daisy Khan and Rauf a mosque,Islamic center or whatever you call it at that location is destined to be a danger.

  4. El Tigre says:

    Yeah. I’m with Huck. Don’t quit. Your blog elevates the discussion beyond the majority of other outlets for this crowd.

  5. Elric66 says:

    El Tigre,

    He certainly elevates the pandering to the left.

  6. El Tigre says:

    Elric, I’m sure you got hit on the head as a child. But don’t go changin’.

  7. Elric66 says:

    “Elric, I’m sure you got hit on the head as a child. But don’t go changin’.”

    Try being more clear next time

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