Saturday, October 14, 2006

Formal Letter to Pope

An open letter from a group of Muslim scholars of the East and the West intended for the Pope may be found here on Islamica Magazine. Among the 38 signatories, several are familiar to many of us in the West, including Sh. Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Sh. Abd al-Hakim Murad Winter, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Sh. Nuh Ha Mim Keller.

Also, Google has aggregated 100 plus media sources worldwide that have picked up this story. Go here to Ayatollah Google.

Someday we may remember Pope Benedict with fondness (no sarcasm intended, only irony) that his unfortunate comments put together a cross-cultural group of Muslim scholars of eastern and western experiences. Sounds cool to me. I'd like to see this august group meet and come forward with "letters" on many of the compelling issues of our day, those that are controversial or, better yet, everyday blights of modern living and their impact on our sense of the sacred.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Irving said...

For another letter to the Pope from one of the five Patriarchs of the Greek Orthodox Church, that received very little publicity, go to:

http://darvish.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/letter-to-the-pope/

10/14/2006 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Maliha said...

Salamaat,
I just wish they wrote such letters to more important things...like 655,000 Iraqis dying or something to that effect.

It just seems like we are trifling with the inane, while there's so much more to be outraged over?

maybe it's just me.

Peace and i hope you are having a productive last 4 days or so.

10/18/2006 9:35 AM  
Blogger fromclay said...

Thanks for stopping by. It's a start that this varied group gathered (in virtual reality), so that the bigger things can be addressed intelligently and with credibility. On another note, your writings this month were inspiring. Long live Ramadan.

10/19/2006 6:56 AM  

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