Hamza Yusuf, an American, converted to Islam at age 17. Currently a high profile Muslim scholar in the US. Co-signatory to the now famous letter " A Common Word between us and you ", addressed to the Pope and people of the Christian faith.
This interview by BBC in HARDTALK was in 2001 but I find the subject discussed still has it's relevance since unfortunately lessons had obviously being ignored and not yet being learned by the West.
The lesson that has not been learned as pointed out by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf was that The West had, and still is perceived, as having wantonly disregarded the long, collective Muslims's pain, deep hurt and suffering over the collective Western injustice and self imposed paralysis in Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan, Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya,and Afghanistan.Until they realize and do so this world would remained as polarized as ever. The Crusade goes on....
Shaykh Hamza had in 2001 vocalised correctly the collective 'Muslim psyche' but obviously this had fallen on deaf ears. Not surprisingly, as most of us in the Muslim world did not think highly of Bush and his poodle Blair. But Obama is too paralysed and weak to change the status quo.
Taking on 1.5 billion Muslims is certainly not a positive option, Mr President!
America cannot win a war with Islam. I repeat again, Sir, that America cannot possibly win a war with Islam! History has proved that.
Despite the superficial and glaringly skewed world media blitz that you guys are doing us a favour....who are you guys kidding? Who are you kidding
Yet the script for 2011 can be read off-hand by all and sundry:
There will be no semblance of peace in Somalia. If any that look promising crops up, Ethiopia will be there with CIA covert funding to spoil it.
Iran looked most likely to be bombed, if not invaded.My God, that would be 'mother of all mistakes'. A prelude to permanent mayhem.
Sudan will be definitely be divided for OIL.How would you guys like if say Saudi for that matter support and finance a covert 'Black' revolution in your country for decades and then get UN to declare and organise a partition in 2015?
These are the perceptions on the ground....Realities may be different.But how can the rest of the world have a 'greener' perception of America when we all know it is fuelled and remote-controlled by the Great Military Industrial Complex.
Dr Nik Howk
"Already have We urged unto hell many of the jinn and humankind, having hearts wherewith they understand not, and having eyes wherewith they see not, and having ears wherewith they hear not. These are as the cattle - nay, but they are worse! These are the neglectful."
Surah Al Araf , 7 : 179