Al Starzeera: Aga Khan Museum showcases best in Islam

Liberals in all three monotheistic religions are at the forefront of bridge-building, both with other faith communities and with the secular world

At a time when we often read reports of horrendous atrocities in different parts of the world committed by Muslims against “infidels” and other Muslims, it behooves us to recognize that such murderous excesses are aberrations of Islam, not its true manifestations.

The new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto provides ample opportunities to see Islam at its best…

…Ismailis are liberal Muslims and thus only a small minority. The majority is usually in the hands of powerful people, almost invariably men, who confuse and control their adherents by assuring them that they and they alone are the true heirs of their religious tradition. To deviate from it is regarded as infidelity and punished in countless, sometimes cruel, ways.

The phenomenon exists in all three monotheistic religions. If it’s less in evidence in Judaism outside Israel, where Orthodox parties have political clout, it’s because there are relatively few Jews in the world, roughly the same number as Ismailis. But as a liberal Jew I’m persona non grata in virtually all Jewish Orthodox circles. I know of Orthodox Jews in this city who are forbidden to step inside the synagogue I had the honour to serve for many years.

Yet it’s we liberals who are at the forefront of bridge-building, both with other faith communities and with the secular world. It’s also we liberal Jews who usually take the initiative of seeking common cause with Orthodox Jews who may despise what we stand for even when they share our objectives…

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  • CMH

    sorry, this is a pile of crap. the koran is what it is. and those who follow it are what they are…piles of pig shit. Now come on, everybody draw mohammed!!!!

  • ntt1

    The Aga Khan and his islam-lite are the aberations. Ahmadi islam is subject to execution in most islamic lands as apostates. Spare us the second hand takiya.

    • tom_billesley

      Aga Khan is leader of the Nizari Ismailis, a Shia sect, not Ahmadi muslim. It was Nizaris that were the legendary fanatical Assassins.

      • ntt1

        same pot. slightly different scum.

  • tom_billesley

    The Aga Khan Museum containing islam at its best.
    There should be a good echo in there.

    • Frau Katze

      LOL! It would be completely empty!

  • Mickey Oberman

    In all religions, the more orthodox the believer the more likely she/he is to be bigoted.

    • ntt1

      particularly true of the athieistic post modernist progressive.

      • Frau Katze

        The atheist post modernist is often just as narrow-minded as the most devout and fanatical religious believers.

        • ontario john

          But atheists have produced such progressives like, Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

          • ntt1

            and pol pot! don’t forget pol pot, although he was of the same ilk, he specialized in cleansing all progressives back to the rice paddy.he had a low carbon execution method that involves recycled plastic bags tied over the heads, many a progressive must have nodded off from anoxia secure in the knowledge that absolutely no toxic chemicals were used in their execution.

        • ntt1

          sometimes more so ,murderously more so.

  • ontario john

    Perhaps they can show pictures of the murder, rape, and enslavement of victims of islam in the museum. And when the University of Toronto opens its new Islamic studies building, we can train our own terrorists.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I wonder if any of that will end up in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg.

  • Hktony

    These f ing liberals are the original cause of these muzz ! They are the ones who should be shipped to a muzz country to seethe muzz want to comes to the west. As Kurtz said ” the horror”. Islam is the horror. There is no way to resolve this liberal mind set or muzz problem with words and stupid I am Charlie . It should read ‘ deport liberals and muzz’ anything eLse is just shit. Next week it will be forgotten and the horror continues in the west!
    They should hold a banner saying” fuck all muslims world wide”

  • truepeers

    “…Ismailis are liberal Muslims and thus only a small minority. The majority is usually in the hands of powerful people, almost invariably men, who confuse and control their adherents by assuring them that they and they alone are the true heirs of their religious tradition. To deviate from it is regarded as infidelity and punished in countless, sometimes cruel, ways.”

    Nice when the multiculti show their great ignorance. Ismailis are somewhat “liberal” to the extent their imams, who are very influential within the religion, tell them how to interpret their faith as a minority that needs to fit in. Who does he think the Aga khan is if not the true heir of their tradition? Anyone who has known Ismaili kids growing up in Canada knows they are under great pressure not to deviate from their tradition and it messes a lot of them up. J ust because their tradition allows them some integration into the culture and economy of the West perhaps only makes the tension all the more fierce.