Muslims of the West -- Good Muslims, Allah bless them -- talk about "The West" as if this mythical "West" were the Primordial "Other." As if the West were The Enemy. The Irreconcilably Different One. As if it were our Counterfoil in every way. The...
As I have always maintained, mine is a three-piece-suit Islam, even though the waistcoat has pretty much gone out of vogue these days.
Among other things, my Islam demands excellent working command of the English language, as I believe English to be Allah's and Islam's language, just like any other language in the world.
That is why I embrace Shakespeare, Milton and Keats with the same fervor I embrace Hafiz, Ghalib and Iqbal. [...]