Topics covered include:~
- the place of the hadith and Muhammad's life being normative for all Muslims throughout time as he was called the al-Insan al-Kamil - the perfect man;
- the doctrine of abrogation;
- the possibility of reforming Islam;
- the errors of the Caliphs - even the first who were companions of the prophet; the context of the first Muslims & their lack of intelligence and education;
- the failure of all current Islamic governments to provide the peace and security that their religion promises;
- his belief that that Israel is for the Jews;
- his handling of death threats;
- his Sunni upbringing and education (8 hours a day in a Madrassa);
- he states that "our Muslim community is causing the problems in the West";
- apologists for Islam like Tariq Ramadan who refuse to acknowledge that ISIS is the real Islam;
- the "economic migrant" problem;
- ways to help Muslims integrate into society;
- the incremental advance of Islamic supremacism in Australia, and;
- the difficulty figures on the Left have in assimilating what he is saying - many claiming he is a false Imam.
I note though that the Imam incorrectly attributes to Judaism & Christianity the Islamic understanding that we too consider all the Old Testament prophets and Jesus Christ to be infallible. In Christianity of course, Jesus, being God, is considered infallible. But all other prophets and Apostles were ordinary men and the Biblical accounts do not try to sugar-coat their failings. He also appears to believe that developing a theology of justified warfare as Islam did is inescapable for any religion when in a minority, yet this most definitely did not happen in the Christian age where for the first few hundred years of Church history Christians were being persecuted and killed first by the Jewish authorities and then by the Romans. There was no developed theology of justifiable warfare developed.
A very useful and illuminating conversation which I highly commend. Imam Tawhidi honestly grapples with the violent and supremacist texts in Islamic sacred scripture and therefore represents a real rarity and provides a perspective that we all need to hear.