“Where are your great men? Who is your Mandela, your Gandhi, your Aung San Suu Kyi?” asks French Muslim philosopher Abdennour Bidar in a moving open letter to the Muslim world published on October 3 in the French newspaper Marianne.
He continues: “Where are your great thinkers whose books should be read worldwide, as they were when Arab or Persian mathematicians and philosophers were referred to from India to Spain? You are actually so weakened behind the self-assuredness that you always display… You have no idea who you are or where you want to go, and it makes you as unhappy as you are aggressive… You persist in not listening to those who call on you to change by finally freeing yourself from the dominion over all of life that you have granted to religion.”
He says this: “I see you in a state of misery and suffering that saddens me infinitely, but that makes my philosopher’s judgment even harsher. Because I see you in the process of birthing a monster that presumes to call itself the Islamic State, and which some prefer to call by a demon’s name – Da’esh. But worst of all is that I see that you are losing yourself, losing your time and your honor, in your refusal to recognize that this monster is born of you, of your irresoluteness, of your contradictions, of your being torn between past and present, of your perpetual inability to find your place in human civilization.”
Worth reading in its entirety and you can here. It has nuances that Bill Maher would do well to take on board but at the same time it is an unrelenting critique of what the followers of Islam have allowed to happen to their religion and rejects utterly excuses for the rise of the jihadists saying the West is not to blame.