Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Against Intellectuality

No, not me. But this guy is.
Sheik Khalid Yasin, the executive director of the Islamic Teaching Institute which is dedicated to the work of promoting Islam, told a large gathering of young muslims at Bankstown Town Hall in Sydney last week that muslims could not be friends with anyone who did not share their faith.

"They're not your friend because they don't understand your religious principles and they cannot because they do not understand your faith," he said.

The sheik said young Muslims should not attend university because they would lose their direction.

"University is a gateway for deviation," he said.

"You forget your Islamic direction. Now you have become compromised through some kind of intellectuality."
Don't think, be.

It's possible to have endless debates about the meaning of meaning but this guy is cutting things a bit short. Isn't a literal interpretation of, almost anything, a bit of an infantile disorder?

"Intellectuality" of the non-organic variety can be problematic but this appears to be a total "stay as unthinking jihadi-fodder or else".

Yep, that's what's required - more unthinking. Welcome to the brave new world of the middle ages.

Avicenna is spinning...

(Thanks: Hak Mao)

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