Doing a little light reading today, I came across this:
“The truth is that Western civilization is rotten through and through and only continues because of the absence of its rightful heirs, namely the Muslims, who have themselves forgotten their deen [religion] and failed to take their divinely appointed task of re-establishing Allah’s guidance for the whole of mankind.” — Muhammad al-Ghazali, Journey Through the Qur’an: The Content and Context of the Suras, Dar al-Taqwa, 1998, p. 47.
Who was Muhammad al-Ghazali? Why, he was one of those scholars who was working “so hard to bring Islam into the contemporary world.” So says the celebrated Islamic reformist Khaleel Mohammed of San Diego State University:
“I find it difficult that Mr. Spencer should seek to devalue the work of those who work so hard to bring Islam into the contemporary world….But even so, the scholars who share the opinion that I have on the issues that I raised are many — amongst them Fazlur Rahman, Muhammad al-Ghazali, Taha al-Alwani. I guess they are not authorities and need to be vetted by Mr. Spencer and his ilk?” — Khaleel Mohammed, “Spencer’s Errors,” FrontPageMag.com, May 10, 2005.
Oh, no, Dr. Mohammed. Muhammad al-Ghazali doesn’t need to be vetted by me. You go right on citing him as a reformist, and I will go right on quoting him.