Tun, was there ever a great islamic civilization?. People who plunder, murder, burn, enslave others and destroy other nations in the name of Islam are CIVILISED ??? Dont forget your forefathers were Hindus and they were most probably asked to convert or face death. That's what happened in India. Islam is just an excuse. It has never changed, has it? Its still the same here in Malaysia.
Vijay 47 : Your proposal for the restoration of Islamic Civilisation for the world to enjoy the wisdom and benevolence of Muslim glory would certainly look impressive on your CV, Prime Minister Mahathir. But in your odyssey to attain purity of religious supremacy, perhaps you could also keep in mind simpler approaches to earn the grace, pahala, and punyam that adherents of all faiths seek.
Typical of most Islamic leaders, et tu Mahathir blames others for the contemptible shameful depths of violence that Muslim nations generally inflict on each other, it is never your fault. And that you include Pakistan in your triumvirate of splendor is laughable at best, the only surprise being that you did not also list Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.
Focusing on the trappings of power and disregarding the oppressed individual only reminds us of sheer hypocrisy.
In your fervor to heal the world, Mahathir, you have forgotten the plight of a mother whose tragedy best represents what you, Najib Razak, Khalid Abu Bakar, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, and Abdul Hamid Bador are capable of even as you make lofty sermons. It is unbelievable that you would allow the continued injustice and torture Indira Gandhi is made to suffer each day.
VS Naipaul : Islam, he claimed, had both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures."It has had a calamitous effect on converted peoples. To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history. You have to stamp on it, you have to say 'my ancestral culture does not exist, it doesn't matter'."Sir Vidia claimed what he called "this abolition of the self demanded by Muslims was worse than the similar colonial abolition of identity. It is much, much worse in fact... You cannot just say you came out of nothing."
He argued that Pakistan was the living proof of the damage Islam could wreak.
"The story of Pakistan is a terror story actually. It started with a poet who thought that Muslims were so highly evolved that they should have a special place in India for themselves.
"This wish to sift countries of unnecessary and irrelevant populations is terrible and this is exactly what happened in Pakistan."