April 14, 2002
Islamic moderates—they do exist.

While doing a web search for a post I never completed, I ran across this reference. Since it was six years old, I bookmarked it and forgot about it, because I was looking for something more recent. Well, I found it. This article, dated 25 Jan 2001, condemns the use of children as "martyrs" as apostasy. The author also calls for condemnation of the House of Saud for their support of the intifada.

From what I see, the man is not some sort of Islamic apologist for Israel; his credentials are pretty solid. He is currently the Director of the Cultural Institute of the Italian Islamic Community. The interesting thing is that his PhD in Islamic science is by decree of the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia—the same Saudi Arabia that he vociferously condemns. While the Grand Mufti is not formally part of the government of Saudi Arabia, his views are supposed to be those that guide the country, as he is the supreme Islamic leader in the Kingdom.

We need more people such as Shaykh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi in the Arabic world. Unfortunately, he is in Italy, where his words are hidden from Muslim ears, minds, and hearts.

posted on April 14, 2002 12:57 PM


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