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4. This is our Islam

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Article title: 
4. This is our Islam
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Year: 
1997
Week: 
24
Article number: 
4
Date of source: 
17-06-1997
Author: 
Muhammad ‘Imarah
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Article summary: 

The author is very upset about a Christian

author writing in a very

negative way about Islam. He advises Christians to refrain from writing about

Islam.

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Dr. Louis Awad did not

conceal his enmity towards Arabism, Arabs, and Islam. Arabism for him was a

racial movement on an equal footing

with fascism. While we were at his office he said what we wrote about

Islam in Al-Ahram newspaper was really

dangerous. When I asked him what was dangerous about it, and

he replied that it was reviving Islam and prolonging

its age... religions in the traditional shape would

pass away and we would be freed from them forever. But what I

was doing was dangerous; as I was reviving and

renewing the religion...This was what Hassan Al-Banna had

done.
During another conversation…he told

me that people constantly reciting the Qur’an annoyed him. He

said that if you listened to any broadcast

anywhere in the world, you would hear music, but here you hear the

Qur’an, the Qur’an and the Qur’an.

Actually I felt pity for the man because he hated everything that

related to the Arabs and Islam... but he

has to live surrounded by Arabs, Arabic and Islam, as if he is living as a

tortured man until he meets his

end.
I reject and am against people like Louis Awad who go deep into the

field of Islamic studies and

Islamic reform. This is not because I am against freedom of speech, but because such

writing from non-

Muslims, with whom we share citizenship, stirs up special sensitivities that nourish sectarianism,

which we

all hate and fight against. For myself, while I was writing about intellectualism and criticizing myths

and

false traditions, I did not touch upon Christian divinity, the priesthood or the development of Christian

ideology. But Dr. Louis passed his limits, when he wrote about the Islamic reform, Gamal Eddin Al-Afghani

and the

language of the holy Qur’an. In this way he harmed national unity, in spite of the fact that his

Coptic

feelings were racial and not religious.
I am still saddened when I find people who follow the

same

devastating path. For example, there was an item in a Cairo magazine written by a Christian who

criticized the

Azhar, attacking its scholars and accusing them of backwardness and ignorance. Also in Al

-Ahali newspaper on

March 5, 1997 someone asked for the Azhar educational institutions, which have

spread all over Egypt, to be closed.

The writer differed not only with the Islamic groups or what some

people prefer to call political Islam, but also

with the nation, which built and adopted the Azhar

institutions to save its faith. He also put himself at odds with

the language and civilization that gathers

and unifies Egyptian Christians and Muslims.
My hope is that the

desire of non-Muslims to write about

Islamic topics fades away.

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