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Who Is Tariq Ramadan?

Once again the controversial Tariq Ramadan whose grandfather was among the founders of the Muslim Brotherhood and his great uncle was a noted liberal Islamic reformer is the center of controversy. The city of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University had decided to fire him as a community adviser and a visiting lecturer in religion. The Swiss lecturer and theologian has been accused of talking “moderate” when with Westerners and “radical” when in the presence of Muslims. He has been hailed by some as a Muslim Martin Luther King and by others as an anti-Semite who associates with terrorists.

The Dutch city and university accused Ramadan of supporting the present Iranian government despite its horrible attacks on Iranians who protested recent elections. Ramadan insists he is against the repression of reformers and supports Iran’s “long march… toward transparency and respect for human rights.”

Let’s face it, these days being a Muslim moderate opens one for attacks from numerous directions. In all honesty, we do not know if Ramadan is a radical Muslim or someone seeking to present diverse viewpoints. Allow the public to decide who he is, not political leaders.

Controversial Muslim Leader OK In Rotterdam

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan was hired by the city of Rotterdam to “help lift the multicultural dialogue to a higher level.” The scholar supposedly was to lead public debates which are aimed at bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures in the Netherlands. Last month, a gay magazine, Gay krant, charged that Tariq Ramadan had made homphobic and mysogenistic statements on tapes that were distributed to the Mulsim community. Critics charge that Ramadan says one thing in Arabic to Muslims and another to the Dutch community of Christians. However, the city of Rotterdam, after investigating the allegations, said there was no evidence to support claims against him, and extended his contract for two years.

Ramadan’s basic meesage if that Islam and European culture do not have to be at odds and he wants development of what is termed, European Islam. Right wing party leader, Bas van Tijn, of WD, argues that Ramadan is not qualified to bridge communities because he does not speak Dutch. If he does lack knowledge of Dutch, it does seem unusual to appoint him to head a drive to bridge communities.