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Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?
in response to reader comment: Islamic Counter-Reformation Means Minimal Modernity

Submitted by Abdul Rahman Reijerink (Australia), Jun 28, 2006 at 09:38

There are those who go out on a limb.

Despite Dr. Pipes assertions about Dr Khaled Abou El Fadl, I believe that he is a moderate and modern Muslim. He takes risks in criticising the so called "fundamentalists" (a word that is totally out of context when applied to Muslims, keep that word in its correct context... Christianity). I know for a fact that he may never get to perform his compulsory (if he has the wealth and health to do so) Hajj because of his oppostion to the regime in Saudi and its theological underpinnings. many ( I don't know what he feels about the matter) fear for his safety because of his stance. He will not back down in my belief as long as he lives.

May God protect him and show him mercy.

There are others like me who do not have the same profile and therefore risk that follow the example set by brave men and women like him and also stand up for reason and what is Holy. Although I admit, I am too chicken to go to Iraq!


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