. . . but will be punished immediately
Mr Abdel-Samad is an ex-Muslim atheist, the son of an Imam, who is trying to defend traditional enlightenment values from the ingress and erosion of the pre and anti-scientific Islamic worldview. As such he attempts to free Muslims from the intellectual constrictions that are holding them back from real success in life.
Simply put, he encourages in them the same freedom of enquiry he himself enjoys.
He discusses a recent trip to Morocco at the invitation of Moroccan Leftists to discuss "Enlightenment-ophobia". The Left in Morocco are well aware of the many flaws of Islam and the suffering it has so long caused - if only the Left in the West would have a similarly realistic understanding. Mr Abdel-Samad states that the biggest concern he has for the West in not what may be called creeping Sharia, but that the West no longer has an informed citizenry able to make their own enquiries, be capable of discussion and stand for the truth.
Some insight is offered into why there are so many mental health issues with Muslims in the West (you know- all those Muslims with mental health issues who attack Westerners with knives, cars and guns). Perhaps if the prevalence of mental health really is correctly diagnosed we have here an explanation why the problems were not picked up before disaster strikes.
They discuss the tribal attitudes of Middle Eastern people - the way they hate to say sorry because it would involve shame. Even Christians & Jews in the ME often lapse into this weakness. There is always a solid background of hierarchy which inhibits genuine humility and relationship.
The idea of a Reformation of Islam is broached. Why can't Islam undergo the same kind of Reformation as Christianity? Elementary my dear Watson.
Here are the five Solas from the Protestant Reformation:~
- Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
- Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
- Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Saviour, and King.
- Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.
There is absolutely NO WAY that Western concepts of freedom can come from Islam on such a basis.
Can you imagine:
Sunnah alone ! Works alone! Muhammad alone! The glory of Allah alone!
Such attempts at exactly this kind of reformation have occurred multiple times. Saudi Wahhabis and the Iranian Revolution being two recent examples.
Immigration is discussed and its association with the "soft bigotry of low expectations". Mr Abdel-Samad believes that Germany is about to experience its first real shock wave from recent Muslim migration (and no, he maintains that they are not refugees at all).
So much excellent additional information and a much needed perspective. Informative and entertaining. Please do listen to it.
As ever the question is:~ Do you want to be free?
My Latest Chat with Hamed Abdel-Samad (THE SAAD TRUTH_685)
Topics covered include the World Cup [Graeme: not sure what this refers to? Perhaps it was used to hold the Pre-historic "World egg" at the moment of creation??], the reformation of Islam, Islamic immigration to the West (including to Germany), the love of Islam as exhibited by "progressive" Westerners, the culture of honor and shame, the plight of Egyptian Copts, the value of reason and critical thinking, among many other topics.