From the Muslim Weekly, with thanks to RB who advises it might be best to “have a lie down before you read this.”
The Prime Minister during his speech “Not a clash between civilisations, but a clash about civilisation” spoke forcefully about the problems of terrorism.
The talk given to the Foreign Policy Centre and Reuters also included his praise of the Holy Qur’an.
“The most remarkable thing about reading the Koran — in so far as it can be truly translated from the original Arabic – is to understand how progressive it is.
“I speak with great diffidence and humility as a member of another faith. I am not qualified to make any judgements. But as an outsider, the Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins, rather as reformers attempted with the Christian Church centuries later. It is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance,” he said.
He added that under the guidance of the Qur’an, the spread of Islam and its dominance over previously Christian or pagan lands was “breathtaking”.
“Over centuries it founded an Empire, leading the world in discovery, art and culture. We look back to the early Middle Ages, the standard bearers of tolerance at that time were far more likely to be found in Muslim lands than in Christian,” he declared.