By the Anti Jihadist
Today's edition of The Star has an article called 'The Muslim Dilemma' from an esteemed Muslim 'scholar' and 'thinker' on the causes of the malaise of Malaysia and other Muslim nations.
If the author, one Dr Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad, Senior Fellow/Director Centre for the Study of Syariah [Shariah], Law and Politics proves anything, he proves how hopeless the Muslim world really is. As we Islamophobes are well aware, making Muslim societies both pious and progressive is a sisyphean (i.e. impossible) task.
I've taken this writer's arguments apart over at Jihad Watch. Have a look.
Until the majority of Muslims in countries like Malaysia begin to change their behavior in a positive way, rather than blame their problems on others or their lack of faith, things won't get much better, in fact it may get even worse for them.
Too bad there is no way to pin him down on his words. I'd love to hear him clarify who it is that perceives a lack of piety as being the reason for the backwardness of Islamic culture in Malaysia, or anywhere in the world for that matter.
The good news is that pretty much anyone who reads Ahmad editorial who is not a Muslim, is unlikely to agree with him, just because its so obvious how shallow it is. If the problems of the Islamic World are caused by a lack of piety, than why are there societies even less Pius that are much more successful than them? Not to mention the fact that his blaming Islam's enemies, is clearly a form of scape gloating, even if he doesn't mention who those enemies are.
And as Robert Spencer pointed out, Dr. Azhar's piece is also yet another attempt to claim victimhood status-- 'help help we're being harmed by our enemies.' Pathetic--and remember this Dr. is supposed to be one of their best thinkers and scholars.
Based on his commentary, at best he's an apologist and not even the best one at that, so if Dr Azhar actually is one of their best thinkers, than they don't have much, do they?
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