Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
As the United States winds down for its Thanksgiving, I thought I’d take a moment to thank you for our ongoing professional association. Our business is entirely dependent on the quality of our international relationships; we’re grateful for our personal ties.
In America, Thanksgiving has long resisted commercialization. One reason may be the ecumenical nature of the holiday. The official designation actual dates to 1863, a particularly tumultuous year in American history, starting with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves in American territories and winding through the Battle of Gettysburg, considered by historians to be a key turning point in the Civil War.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
“We are now again at the crossroads of history, and awareness of Islamic identity
is beginning to dawn in the consciousness of emergent Muslims. Only when this awareness comes to full awakening with the sun of knowledge will there emerge from among us men and women of spiritual and intellectual maturity and integrity who will be able to play their role with wisdom and justice in upholding the truth. Such men and women will know that they must return to the early masters of the religious and intellectual tradition of Islam, which was established upon the sacred foundation of the Holy Quran and the Tradition of the Holy Prophet, in order to learn from the past and be able to acquip spiritually and intellectually for the future; they will realize that they must not simply appropriate and imitate what modern secular Western civilization has created, but must regain by exerting their own creative, knowledge, will and imagination what is lost of the Muslims’ purpose in life, their history, their values and virtues embodied in their sciences, for what is lost
can never be regained by blind imitation and the raving of slogans which deafen with the din of ‘development’; they will discern that development must not involve a correspondence of Islam with the facts of contemporary events that have strayed far from the path of truth; and they will conceive and formulate their own definitions and conceptions of government and of the nature of development that will correspond with the purpose of Islam. Their emergence is conditional not merely upon
physical struggle, but more upon the achievement of true knowledge, confidence and boldness of vision that is able to create great changes in history.”
Preface to “Islam and Secularism” by Professor Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas, a legacy he dedicated to, in his own words, “The Muslim Youth”.
Wise words of a very wise man.