Diversity in Thought

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Habib ‘Ali Zayn al-‘Abidin ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahman al-Jifri said, “When religious representatives are influenced by partisan, nationalist or personal interests, they lose their capacity to tolerate disagreement.  When the spirit of self-purification weakens, that same spirit which provides people with insight and understanding of the core Qur'anic value of self-criticism, it becomes easy for the loudest voices amongst them to transmit their views via institutional and media channels they have access to.  They will attack the other and turn the blessing of madzhab-based diversity into an affliction of strife and dispute.”


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