Hirsi Ali: The Arrogant Ignoramus February 3, 2007Posted by Taleb Haqq in Islam, Media, Proggies.
Look who’s back in the news again. In an “exclusive” (because nobody else wants to) two part interview with Voice of America [1,2], Ayaan tries to gain back some spotlight after being exposed as a liar and being hired by none other than the notorious right wing “think ” tank the American Enterprise Institue. We will let readers for themselves question Hirsi’s intentions in attacking Islam when she describes herself as an atheist. Let us, however, examine some of her [term used loosely] quotes.
I decided — and it’s a private decision, I am not propagating atheism – but I decided that I do not believe in the existence of a hell and a heaven and a hereafter.
I’ve spoken to thousands of Muslims who are compassionate people who do not want to kill. They do not want to become the enemies of unbelievers, or see unbelievers as enemies, non-Muslims as enemies. But there is always the barrier, the threat of hell. If you disobey God, then you go to Hell.
So, Hirsi presents us (billions of) Muslims as killers out to kill the “unbelievers” save for the “thousands” that she has talked to. And the reason we are out to kill these unbelievers is because if we don’t then we will end up in Hell. And her conclusion is that Muslims should just stop believing in Hell. I honestly do not follow this woman’s logic. There is a very important point that she (intentionally?) neglected and that is one of the fundamental sciences when studying the Qur’an deals with the issue of Asbab an-Nuzool (or the “reasons of revelation”). Asbab an-Nuzool involves studying the reason why certain verses were revealed and deals extensively with the history surrounding the verse as well as the affairs that were happening at the time. It also studies the social order in the community of the time and reaches (sometimes more than one) conclusion as to why that verse was revealed. This study is important as the reasons for revelations can also be used by Mufassireen (scholars who study and interpret / explain the meaning of the verses of the Qur’an). That study also involves fully studying the Qur’an to use some verses to interpret others as well as using the Prophetic (peace be upon him) sayings in which he explained verses of the Qur’an. She might want to delve into the sciences of Islamic studies where topics about the Qur’an are thoroughly analyzed and questioned (to minute details such as why a particular vowel was used and not another and why one word was spelt differently in a cerain verse than another…fascinating really).
Hirsi believes that she is leading some sort of revolution (and later compares herself to Rosa Parks though she doesn’t seem to remember her name) in order to reform Islam. It would, perhaps, do her some good to study Islam before she goes on attacking it. Until then, she will be classified as nothing but an arrogant liar and a native misinformant.