Shamsi Ali: The rise and fall of a New York imam



The article does a very nice and polite job of not explicitly mentioning the elephant in the room: global muslim civil war for the soul of what Islam IS.

It’s very disturbing to me that the Kuwaiti leadership recruited this fellow when they needed some good PR after 9/11 and now that that crisis is past they’ve discarded him. Seems rather cynical, no?

I pray that he and many like him will win the struggle to define Islam, but from where I sit it’s not looking all that hopeful for his side. Especially since Muhammed himself was arguably more like the Taliban than like this fellow.


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