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I can see both trends among the youths: people who are ready for a constructive, critical and active presence, and others who are ready to become invisible Muslims and to compromise to be accepted. I put my hope in the former and pray for the latter.
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This is the problem we have with many Muslim leaders: They claim to differentiate between domestic and foreign issues and they are obsessed with being accepted, at sitting at the table of power in order to talk (or rather to listen) and to be tolerated. This is the starting point of our weakness. It is in our minds because we do not realize we are part of the system.
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To be kind is good. To be kind without expecting anything in return is better. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
To be kind is good. To be kind without expecting anything in return is better.
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Behind every great man is not a woman, she is beside him, she is with him, not behind him - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Behind every great man is not a woman, she is beside him, she is with him, not behind him
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I don't like what you`re doing, but I won't insult you. Why? Because who you are tomorrow may be better than who I am today
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The more you look into and understand yourself, the less judgmental you become towards others. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
The more you look into and understand yourself, the less judgmental you become towards others.
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If you read the Qur'an with your head, you find repetition. If you read it with your heart, you find depth.
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A true teacher doesn't teach you to think like him, but to think without him. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
A true teacher doesn't teach you to think like him, but to think without him.
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Arabic is the language of the Qur'an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Arabic is the language of the Qur'an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam.
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Humility is my table, respect is my garment, empathy is my food and curiosity is my drink. As for love, it has a thousand names and is by my side at every window.
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Cultures are never merely intellectual constructs. They take form through the collective intelligence and memory, through a commonly held psychology and emotions, through spiritual and artistic communion.
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Saying that Islam is in heart, is similar to giving back the exam's paper completely white and saying : knowledge is in brain.
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Islam doesn't need reform, we need to reform the Muslim mind. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Islam doesn't need reform, we need to reform the Muslim mind.
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The month of Ramadan is the world's most widespread fast and yet its teachings are minimised, neglected and even betrayed (through literal application of rules that overlooks their ultimate objective).
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Advertising, music, atmospheres, subliminal messages and films can have an impact on our emotional life, and we cannot control it because we are not even conscious of it.
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Ramadan is, in its essence, a month of humanist spirituality. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Ramadan is, in its essence, a month of humanist spirituality.
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The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.
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You can’t be good to others if you’re not strict with yourself. The more shallow you are with yourself, the harsher you are with others. The more profound you are with yourself, the more generous you are with others
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Our task is to change the world for the better, not to adapt ourselves to the world. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Our task is to change the world for the better, not to adapt ourselves to the world.
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The problem with Salafis is that they are religiously sincere and politically naïve. And they allow themselves to be supported by people who have no religious sincerity but who are politically very smart, especially when it comes to their economic interests.
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Modesty is the way you deal with beauty not the way you avoid it. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Modesty is the way you deal with beauty not the way you avoid it.
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If you are not at peace with yourself then you cannot spread peace. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
If you are not at peace with yourself then you cannot spread peace.
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Instead of looking outside of ourselves and counting potential enemies, fasting summons us to turn our glance inward, and to take the measure of our greatest challenge: the self, the ego, in our own eyes and as others see us.
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True Sufism is resistance: spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural, political and economic resistance. It cannot be, for sure, supporting dictators.
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Pray in the night so that you can change the world in the day - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Pray in the night so that you can change the world in the day
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To live is to love,to serve, to forgive. Love the One, love and serve humanity. To learn to love oneself and to love is to learn to forgive
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I believe my religion is the truth, but I am not the truth and the truth doesn't belong to me I'm trying to belong to the truth.
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Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion.
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A good Muslim is not one who is strictest in his judgment, but who is most patient in listening. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
A good Muslim is not one who is strictest in his judgment, but who is most patient in listening.
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You're a man, but the day you raise your voice to your mother, you're not anymore. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
You're a man, but the day you raise your voice to your mother, you're not anymore.
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Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land.
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Islam came to teach us that there is no faith without intelligence and here we are: destroying our intelligence in the name of faith.
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We need modesty not only in the way we dress; we need intellectual modesty. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
We need modesty not only in the way we dress; we need intellectual modesty.
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Never forget your dialogue with God, it is your strength. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
Never forget your dialogue with God, it is your strength.
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We should not treat people as they treat us, we should treat them better. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
We should not treat people as they treat us, we should treat them better.
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We are in a world that is connected, but is not communicating. - Tariq Ramadan Quotes
We are in a world that is connected, but is not communicating.
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The very moment you understand that being a Muslim and being American or European are not mutually exclusive, you enrich your society. Promote the universal principles of justice and freedom, and leave the societies elsewhere to find their model of democracy based on their collective psychology and cultural heritage.
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Wisdom is always connected to beauty. When you see someone acting by their principles, their wisdom makes them beautiful.
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If you do not have boundaries, you do not have a path.
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When you're overwhelmed by your emotion, you listen less and you judge more. This is also the reality of the dogmatic mind.
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If you want to have a good life, never forget that you are going to die
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Cherish your tears and their reasons, they will be the light of your smile, your inner peace and reconciliation.
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Tell me what you are doing with your suffering, and I will tell you who you are.
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Islam can only be modernized from within. If I state that I condemn the practice of stoning, that this punishment is despicable, it changes nothing. My fellow Muslims will say: Brother Tariq, you became a European, a Swiss citizen, so you are no longer one of us.
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You can't say 'I don't do politics,' because silence is a political statement.
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The most dangerous prisons are those with invisible bars
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Stand up for your values, be courageous and humble
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We need to realize that we should be on the side of any human being who is oppressed.
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We must master our egoism, and through this mastery, step outside ourselves and educate ourselves in giving. Fasting requires that we rediscover all that is alive around us, and reconcile ourselves with our environment.
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No one must ever let power or social, economic, or political interest turn him or her away from other human beings, from the attention they deserve and the respect they are entitled to. nothing must ever lead to a person to compromise this principle or faith in favor of a political strategy aimed at saving or protecting a community from some peril. The freely offered, sincere heart of a poor, powerless individual is worth a thousand times more in the sight of God than the assiduously courted, self-interested heart of a rich one.
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While criticism of Israel is legitimate and justifiable, it cannot be an excuse - in any way, shape or form - for anti-Semitism.
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If you know how to live, even death is good news
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Compelling a woman to wear a headscarf is against Islam, and compelling her to remove it is against human rights.
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In Ramadan, you should eat less and think more.
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Humility is knowing that you can get an answer from anybody: be it a child, another person, or nature.
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Your heart is the center of humility, your mind could be the source of arrogance.
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In Islam, rules are important, like the Prophet said innal halaala bayyinun, wa innal haraama bayyinun ["what is halal is clear, what is haram is clear"]. The goal is not to diminish the importance of rules, but to have the right priorities.
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One does not always know how to express the sorrow of the soul. One does not always know how to silence the joy of the heart.
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There is nothing more Islamic than critical thinking.
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Greek philosophy departs from the assumption that we can understand the world autonomously using our rational faculties. Islam is not saying this.
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Discomfort levels in our societies are rising, or so it would seem. In theory, we invoke diversity and tolerance. But in real life, we raise our hackles and withdraw into ourselves.
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If people who cherish freedom, who know the importance of mutual respect and are aware of the imperative necessity to establish a constructive and critical debate, if these people are not ready to speak out, to be more committed and visible, then we can expect sad, painful tomorrows. The choice is ours.
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We integrate the good wherever we find it.
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Intellect is a part of a good faith. Intellect is the light, the heart is the direction.
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We must re-center philosophy within our frame of reference which I think is the way to deal with it.
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The discriminations that are found in the Muslim majority countries are more Cultural than Islamic. .... I have always said to the Muslim women, please do not nurture the victim mentality. Stand up for your rights.
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I opposed the Fatwa against Salman Rushdie. I read the book and took a critical distance. I did not think The Satanic Verses is a blasphemous book. I did not consider the book as being a great read, but as an intellectual I read, I assess, and I respond. I make a difference between true freedom of expression to which we owe a response and provocation, which we ignore.
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If you do your work, if you are committed at the grassroots level, if you have a vision for the long run (not only short-sighted interest), you can change public opinion.
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I am dealing with people with both sides. I see people who are liberating themselves but they want to forget the world. And I see people who want to liberate the world but they forget themselves. Neither is the way I want to go.
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The Truth does not belong to you, you belong to the Truth.
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We fail when we try to give simple answers to complicated problems.
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I think many thinkers and activists, even in the Islamist parties like the Muslim Brotherhood, and the people who left the Muslim Brotherhood to follow Abou el-Fatouh, these people do have an understanding that the relationship between religion and the state must be re-thought and re-assessed. They're not going to use the concept of secularism in any straightforward way, because the concept of secularism is still far too loaded in that part of the world.
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Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness.
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I think that political parties are fuelling this fear in order to create divisions. The more we bring up fear, the more we neglect real political issues. Political debate in France is crumbling since every single issue is brought to Islam now.
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The more I know, the best I believe. The more I know, the best I'm worshiping Him. Because, in the end Allah knows the best.
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Clarity and consistency are not enough: the quest for truth requires humility and effort.
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Those young ones who want to try military jihad are facing a triple issue. First of all, they are missing the point when it comes to understanding what there is at stake from a political viewpoint. How come so many of them are going to Syria and so few to Palestine, even though, when it comes to symbolism, Palestine definitively wins.Then, it is essential to understand that it is not a religious matter. Finally, let's not forget about the recruiters behind their screens. Those ones are quite skillful and well-supported financially.
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Freedom of expression is not absolute. Countries have laws that define the framework for exercising this right and which, for instance, condemn racist language.
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The nature of the state is one thing, but there are other major challenges - what it will take to tackle the issues of social corruption, for example, social justice, and the economic system - and what are the future challenges when it comes to equality between the citizens, in particular in the field of the job market and equal opportunity for men and for women? This is at the centre of the question that is the Arab Awakening.
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What I'm advocating is an intellectual revolution - it's a different mindset concerning the ethical benchmarks by which we live.
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