| The Education of Donald Trump
| Monday, May 16, 2016
|The new golden boy of multicultural politics and Moderate Islam, Mayor Sadiq Khan of London, fresh from his electoral triumph, told an interviewer on May 13
that he would like to “educate” Donald Trump about Islam.
Trump, like many of those who oppose him, could stand to be educated
about Islam, but what he needs to know is not what Sadiq Khan surely has
in mind. Sadiq Khan plans for his tutorial a few innocuous verses from
the Qur’an that are always trotted out by the “moderates”: 2:256 and
5:32 without 5:33 (we’ll be getting to them later on).
He also no doubt
plans to offer Trump a potted history of Islam’s conquests, and a
sanitized version of Muhammad’s biography, that will leave out as much
of the gory bits as he, Sadiq Khan, thinks he can get away with
omitting. And a good time will be had by all, if by all we mean Barack
Obama and Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio. It won’t do.
It is not that Trump has been misinformed, but that he has not been
sufficiently informed to do more than speak in dismissive generalities
about Islam. He knows there is something worrisome about Islam, and
thinks – sensibly – that it might be a good idea to put a stop to Muslim
immigration “until we figure out what is going on.” Who could disagree?
Well, apparently a great many of those people who, knowing so little
about Islam, assume they know all they need to know, and believe there
is nothing more to “figure out” – they could and do disagree with the
“islamophobic” Donald J. Trump.
Now instead of softening his previous statements by re-labelling them
as “suggestions,” Trump might have held off and done what Muslims fear
most, which is to educate himself, and without their “help,” about
Islam. He’s a combative sort, and were he to put in hours of study of
the canonical texts (and Robert Spencer has published a verse-by-verse
exegesis, Blogging the Qur’an,
that Trump would find most useful) – and not allow himself to be scared
off by the usual claims, e.g., that non-Muslims simply can’t understand
the Qur’an because they don’t know Arabic, or can’t interpret a verse
or a Tradition (Hadith) correctly unless they know the “context,” the
results could be salutary and bracing.
Read it all here..........................
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:33 AM