‘a good Muslim, a knowledgeable Muslim’

BBC on Moussaoui, repeating some of what we’ve said here:

Abdul Haq Baker was the mosque’s chairman and became Moussaoui’s friend and confidant. Mr Baker remembers Moussaoui as an affable individual with a sense of humour which attracted him to others, but also an admirable seriousness about his faith. “He wanted to revive his roots which were in Islam. He wanted to be a good Muslim, a knowledgeable Muslim, who wanted to know how to implement the tenets of Islam…”

Seems about right to us.

UPDATE

The Archbishop of Sydney, George Cardinal Pell, would, we think agree with us that Moussaoui has been doing his best to be a religious man:

“Considered strictly on its own terms, Islam is not a tolerant religion and its capacity for far-reaching renovation is severely limited,” he said….”In my own reading of the Koran, I began to note down invocations to violence. There are so many of them, however, that I abandoned this exercise after 50 or 60 or 70 pages.”

We’re beginning to see some sort of pattern here, but the picture still appears a little fuzzy. After all, didn’t our leaders tell us to believe that “Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.” If so, it has been the most successful hijacking in history.

UPDATE II

P J Nasser helpfully reminds us that the irenic suras in the Koran mostly come from Mohammed’s time in Mecca, and the bellicose ones (later, hence more authoritative) from Medina.

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