Thabet’s Sentiments on Pontiff in Summary
September 18, 2006 § 11 Comments
There have been several articles written about Muslim sentiments and responses concerning Pope Benedict’s recent speech. The Muslim outcry resulted in an apology from the Pope, where he regrets that his words were taken out of context… not exactly the most humble of apologies but a humble apology should not be expected.
At any rate, Thabet of Under|Progress has done fine job arranging snapshots of some of the best articles written by Muslims. He then adds his own comments which suggest that although the Pope’s historical errors should raise eyebrows concerning the Pontiff’s overall intentions, the rest of his speech is agreeable:
“What is plainly obvious is this. Benedict XVI has made some factual mistakes in quite a dry speech (pdf) aimed at academics. Somewhat ironically the speech contains much else that many Muslims would probably agree with (for example, his views on religion, faith and secularism). But whilst talking about religion and violence, he has ignored the violence his own organisation has been involved or given its blessings to.” (Thabet, Under|Progress)
Consequently, there were many Muslim communities that responded hastily and emotionally. However, I am of the opinion that religious and political leaders should reach out to the Muslim communities before they go shooting off their opinions of Islam. These leaders who would like Muslims to accept their attempts at constructive criticism will have to be known as a friends of Muslims.
Otherwise criticisms whether constructive or destructive will be swept into groupings of “attackers”. Lets face it Islam is under-fire and tensions are high, these things are to be expected because right now… politically Muslims don’t really know who their friends are besides other Muslims of course.