Monday, October 25, 2010

Prof Sayyid Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas in Conversation..

January, 2010

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf interviews Professor Sayyid Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas.

Syed Muhammad al Naquib bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Muhsin al Attas (born September 5, 1931) is a prominent contemporary Muslim philosopher and thinker from Malaysia. He is one of the few contemporary scholars who is thoroughly rooted in the traditional Islamic sciences and who is equally competent in theology, philosophy, metaphysics, history, and literature. He is considered to be the pioneer in proposing the idea of Islamization of knowledge.

"....In Malaysia, our politicians and bureaucrats think as usual ,professors and thinkers of Prof Naquib's calibre do grow on rubber trees or sprout out of palm trees in abundance.... ISTAC took many years and brains and minds to conceptualise, but it took one arrogant, self serving, pea-brained person only a stroke of the pen to tear it down! Our land, this is common place, where forms transcends substance,where sparrows think they are eagles! "

"A universal crisis of 'adab', when the meek and the depraved lead, when democracy of the 'deaf dumb and blind' overrule 'the mesyuarah' 0f the wise and the sage, when 'heedlessness' overwhelms 'taqwa', when political correctness is more important than 'adil' or justice"

Dr Nik Isahak Wan Abdullah

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