The trouble with Islam today

Posted on May 11, 2012

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The title of this post is also that of a book written by Ms. Irshad Manji

Photo courtesy of Mkini

that I derived great pleasure in reading a few years back.

Malaysiakini reports today that the launch of the Malay translation of Ms. Manji’s latest book, “Allah, Liberty and Love”, at a  bookstore in Kuala Lumpur had to be postponed in the face of protests here and overseas.

Malaysiakini quotes PAS youth chief Nasruddin Hassan labeling Ms. Manji as a “homosexuality activist” and her literary works as “views that are against Islam”.

“Allowing her presence and meeting with fans means that we are allowing her deviant agenda to spread in this country. This is against the values of religion and culture which form the basis of our society and nation” , Nasruddin is reported to have said.

I have not as yet had the good fortune to read her latest book but just going by her earlier, I shall be earnestly looking to get my hands on a copy of her latest and, yes, I greatly regret this missed opportunity to meet and  share thoughts with this remarkable woman.

I am reproducing below the scanned foreword in her earlier book by Professor Khaleel Mohammed, the imam and professor at San Diego State University.

I have also reproduced below comments in relation to that book reproduced in the same.

If you ask me, the title of her earlier book aptly describes the state of Islam in this country.

You judge for yourself.