Tackling Extremism – Doha Debates

The Panel of SpeakersThe issue of how to combat extremism and improve relations between the West and Muslim world was the topic of the second Doha Debates Special on February 28th, 2006. The event was part of the Doha meeting of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations. Four guest speakers, including…

            • Archbishop Desmond TutuShaykh Hamza Yusuf
            • Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
            • Professor John Esposito
            • Diana Buttu

…answered questions from the student audience.

I couldn’t embed the video, but you can watch it on Google Video here. It’s 46 minutes long. It’s pretty good, alhamdulillah. Shaykh Hamza tears it up as usual.

The video is courtesy of Alhambra Productions and is available to download at there podcast.

8 Replies to “Tackling Extremism – Doha Debates”

  1. Jazaks for the post man. It was great when Shaykh Hamza totally flipped the term extremism around:

    “…It’s interesting in Islam the definition of extremism includes also lack of religion. So people that are not religious are seen as extremists in that they’re not fulfilling a basic human function…”

    PS: It’s Diana Buttu*, not Butt.

  2. I found the whole discussion a bit pointless, as it didn’t really get anywhere. But Shaykh Hamza didn’t do too badly, he was the best speaker on the panel.

  3. yea i downloaded this via the zaytuna podcast earlier this week, great debate

    very impressive panel, I wrote a paper on archbishop Desmond Tutu 4-5 years ago, and Dr. Esposito is a reknowned scholar of Islam. and of course, shaykh hamza is.. shaykh hamza :). may Allah (swt) protect and increase him in knowledge and his work.

    The audience members themsleves were quite impressive as well, even Karen Armstrong got in a Question (she has quite a few books out about Islam)

    my favorite quote was something along the lines of shaykh hamza being classified as having OCD for praying 5 times a day, lol. So very true!

  4. MiM Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi at a rally near Charminar in Hyderabad

    Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi booked for diatribe
    27 Nov, 2006

    HYDERABAD: Police have slapped cases under section 505 (1)(B)’290’153A against Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi and two others for allegedly making “inflammatory Speech and instigating public ” at a meeting in Hafeezbaba Nagar late on Saturday night which was attended by thousands of People . Police themselves were at the receiving end of Akbaruddin Owaisi’s diatribe.

    The MIM party had taken permission from police to hold their public meeting and were told to close it by 10 pm as per rules.

    Chandrayangutta legislator and MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, who spoke at the meeting, reportedly made provocative speeches, bordering on communal lines.

    Akbaruddin also allegedly criticized editors of two major Urdu newspapers for supporting the Communist Party and also against city police commissioner A K Mohanty. “Akbaruddin in his speeches used instigating and inflammatory language, which might have caused communal disharmony, and also used abusive language,” the Kanchanbagh police said. In his speech, Akbaruddin also criticised the traffic police for imposing challans on traffic rule violators.

    “If the traffic police penalise you, smash their heads. I am with you. I will ensure that no case is booked against you,” Akbaruddin allegedly told the gathering. The speeches were also extended beyond the permitted time, i.e 10 pm. “The speeches went on till 10.30 pm and a case for creating public nuisance was also booked against the organisers,” Kanchanbagh police inspector Ramdass Teja told on Sunday. The organisers were also booked for creating nuisance by bursting crackers and using microphones beyond the stipulated timing. However MiM Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi speaking to Mediapersons said he stands by what he said and refused to say sorry to the Police Department and said that he wont take back his words and what he has said is Reality which is being faced by the people of Hyderabad and this is an Conspiracy by Anti Mim elements to silence the MiM Leaders but added we will not keep silent on the daily harrasment being faced by the People .
    Cases were booked against Mohd Asif, the organiser of the meeting, and Mirza Ali Baig, a MIM activists. Ramdass Teja said they have audio tapes of the speeches as proof to proceed in the case. Cases were booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 153 (a) (delivering provocative speeches), 290 (creating public nuisance) and others. Police, however, are yet to make any arrests

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