Quotes by Indonesian authors


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"All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam, which teaches one to be lenient towards others and to understand their value systems, knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion"
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"I am a follower of Mahatma Gandhi"
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"If we cling to the institution of Islam, then we tend to defend it against whatever we see as a danger to it, so because of this we see now that many people are defending states, defending territories, defending everything institutional in the belief that they defend Islam"
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"Well, the most important thing about Islam is that we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam. The first one is the institution of Islam... second, the culture of Islam"
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"I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence, and that we can move towards democracy without violence; that way, God will allow it"
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"What honour have we got left, when nobody is listening to us?"
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"Oil wealth has been a curse on us, made us weak and docile"
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"Likewise the leader of any state has to do the same, he has to enforce Shariah firmly, for he will be held in account later in the afterlife if he fails"
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"Islam is perfect, there is nothing to be added or changed"
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"But the leaders of the OIC could not even accept Mahathir's proposal, yet they talk about respect and honour"
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"Because Islam in its original form was tough and hard, not weak and pliable"
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"You are right, but the weakness does not come from the millions of Muslims in the world. They do not mind being radical, they have no fear to speak out and to protest and to jihad"
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"Why should we use the Dollar even when we trade among ourselves?"
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"What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?"
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"We have shown that Islam can rule the world perfectly for 14 centuries, and during this time of Muslim power we did not borrow ideas like democracy from others, so why do we need to learn democracy from them now?"
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"Our Prophet was a radical too- he fought against the injustices of his community and challenged the feudal order of his society, so they called him a radical. So what? We should be proud of that!"
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"Today the Western powers and media want to domesticate us like sheep, to keep us tame and domesticated"
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"There is not a single Muslim leader today who has the courage and commitment to defend Islam and Muslims, they are all in awe of the United States and other Western powers, and are indebted to them"
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"Muslims must believe that all power, success and victory comes from God alone"
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"Look at the Afghans, during the time of the Soviet invasion. They were among the poorest Muslims in the world, yet they were sustained by their faith in God, and God alone"
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"But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam"
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"But the weakness comes from these Westernised co-opted Muslim leaders who just want to look good in the eyes of the West and Western media"
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"The Muslim leaders swallow the advice of the Western powers and bodies like the IMF and World Bank, even when it is bad for their countries and they know this"
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"The only model to follow is pure Islam"
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"So we want an Islamic state where Islamic law is not just in the books but enforced, and enforced with determination. There is no space and no room for democratic consultation. The Shariah is set and fixed, so why do we need to discuss it anymore? Just implement it!"
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"Islam is fixed, stable, ordered and disciplined, and so are Muslims"
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"Arab leaders worry more about making money from the profits they get from oil and gas that they turn the other way when Lebanon is being destroyed right next to them. Their neighbours are being murdered, but they only make calculations for their own benefit"
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"This is why I have always said that it would be better if Muslims were poor"