Friday, August 27, 2010

Zakaria on peaceful Imam Rauf and Sufi Islam

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explains how Park51 imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a staunch promoter of Sufism, a brand of Islam that promotes a very liberal interpretation of the Quran, mysticism, peace, music and dance and is seen by al-Qaeda as a big enough threat to their crazed jihadist extremism to be worth bombing along with any other group of “infidels”.

As Zakaria notes, the fact that al-Qaeda hates Sufism as much as the Western World should serve as a good indication of just where Imam Rauf and his fellow backers of the Park51 Islamic cultural center are situated in the Islamic spectrum, and why we should embrace him as an ally, not a foe.

(via @todayspolitics)