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Rethinking Islamic Reform: Hamza Yusuf & Tariq Ramadan

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Published on Sep 29, 2011

The Rethinking Islamic Reform conference, originally held May 26, 2010, features two of the world's foremost Muslim intellectuals as they provide guidance in the ever polemical topic of reform in Islam.

Oxford University Islamic Society is honoured to have hosted Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson (Zaytuna Institute, USA) and Professor Tariq Ramadan (Oxford University, UK) to participate at this ground-breaking conference.

The conference addresses the phenomena of how, in the post 9/11 world, it has grown to be an axiomatic truth that Islam needs to reform. Whether it is Western policy-makers seeking to protect themselves from Muslim extremists, humanitarian activists fighting to liberate silenced Muslims, or Muslims themselves responding to new paradigms faced in the 21st century, all are agreed that something within Islam needs to change. The question though, is what, and perhaps more pertinently, how?

Our distinguished guest speakers are well placed to answer.

Invitations for this event extended to ministers, policy advisors, think tanks, journalists, theologians, scholars and other public figures with an interest in the field of Islamic Reform.

Visit rethinkingislamicreform.co.uk to view the annotated transcript, read the summary, join the conversation, or sign-up for our mailing list, where we will announce any future events.

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Comments • 1,052

Fahim Faruk
LOL gotta LOVE all these KEYBOARD warrior tough-guys and gals yapping their mouths and spewing all sorts of preconceived anti-Islamic polemical jargon, INSTEAD of doing the REAL and CHALLENGING WORK of engaging the actual POINTS raised by both of these Scholars. That's okay; you guys keep waging your silly anti-islamic polemics here behind the comfort of your key-board and away from the accountability of public scrutiny, that honest and authentic thinkers subject their ideas to, because all the while these men will continue shaping the world for the better and you'll simply be moving in the direction it's shaped in, outside the fantasies of your minds. That's how the world works: successful and competent people shape, and everyone else follows their direction.
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Peace3500
Mashallah! Hamza Yusuf speaks at such a deep level that I have to listen to his lectures several times to fully grasp the wisdom behind it. There was this one lecture he gave, it took me a few years to really appreciate the brilliance this man has and I'm still gaining insight from it. May GOD bless this man and keep with us for as long as possible.
Ibrahim Abdalla
Generally speaking both speakers did a good job. If you listened carefully you would understand; when talking about "reform" and "renovation" they're talking about things in which "reform" and "renovation" would be possible without changing the fundamentals of Islam.
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AdorIslam
I want Douglas Murray like people to listen to these speeches and they may be cured of their sickness called Islamofobia.
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Cassio Peia
"Not touching the essence." that's exactly it. I agree with Mr.Ramdan,it's all about reforming the people,and the way they intreprete the deen. Never about the deen itself being reformed.
Sabrina Shahab
It  is  not a  question of  unbelievers .  It is  a question of  tyrants .  We  should have  the  right to  fight tyrants
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Delilah M
Hadiths that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said not to kill women etc It was narrated that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said to the Muslim army: * “Go out in the name of Allaah and by the help of Allaah, following the way of the Messenger of Allaah. Do not kill any old man, infant, child or woman… spread goodness and do good, for Allaah loves those who do good.” * [Narrated by Abu Dawood, 2614; its isnaad includes Khaalid ibn al-Faraz, of whom Ibn Hajar said in al-Taqreeb, he is maqbool [acceptable] i.e., if there are corroborating reports] This is supported by the advice which Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq [may Allaah be pleased with him] gave to the commander of his army: * “I advise you of ten things: do not kill a woman, or a child, or any old person, or cut down any fruit trees…” * [al-Muwatta’, 982, Kitaab al-Jihaad]. The messenger of Allah said: Ibn Umar said: * “I saw the body of a slain woman during one of the battles of the Prophet [may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him], so he forbade the killing of women and children.” [Sahîh al-Bûkhârî and Sahîh Muslim] Abû Dâwûd relates from Rabâh b. Rabî` with an authentic chain of narrators that he said: * “We were with Allah’s Messenger [peace be upon him] during a battle and we saw people gathered together. He dispatched a man to find out why they were gathered. The man returned and said: ‘They are gathered around a slain woman.’ So Allah’s Messenger [peace be upon him] said: ‘She should not have been attacked!’ Khâlid b. al-Walîd was leading the forces, so he dispatched a man to him saying: ‘Tell Khâlid not to kill women or laborers’.” In another narration from Ibn Mâjah, it is related that Allah’s Messenger [may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said: * “Tell him not kill children or laborers.” Abû Dâwûd relates from Anas b. Mâlik that Allah’s Messenger [peace be upon him] would say the following words to his troops before sending them to war: * “Go forward in the name of Allah. Do not kill an elderly person, nor a small child, nor a woman, and do not exceed the bounds.”
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Hasib Safi
delightful discussion, we need more of this. :)
Ibrahim Abdalla
To be honest most of the comments under this video come from people who have a lack of understanding of Islam, or are simply narrow minded.
Abdullah Ibish
This man is illuminating the pervasive ignorance of our time. My Salute to your work sir
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