Tawfik Hamid

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Tawfik Hamid
Tawfik Hamid.jpg
Born1961
Egypt
OccupationJournalist and author
NationalityEgyptian
SubjectHuman Rights, Religion
Notable works"Inside Jihad"

Tawfik Hamid (born 1961) is an author from Egypt. A self-described former member of the militant al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya,[citation needed] Hamid says that he advocates a peaceful understanding of Islam that is compatible with universal human rights and intellectual freedom.[not verified in body] He says that he started to preach in mosques to promote his message and, as a result, became a target of Islamic militants, who threatened his life. Hamid then migrated to the United States where he has lectured at UCLA, Stanford University, University of Miami and Georgetown University against Islamic fundamentalism[citation needed]. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of The Intelligence Summit,[1] an annual conference on security. Hamid has also appeared on television programs, including Fox's Glenn Beck Show, Fox News Channel, and the BBC's Religion and Ethics.[2]

Hamid, also known as Tarek Abdelhamid, has a medical degree in internal medicine from the Cairo University, and a master's degree in Literature from the University of Auckland.[3]

Website and beliefs[edit]

Hamid owns and runs a website, IslamforPeace.org "to revive Islam, save it from anachronistic interpretations, and make it a true power to support the values of liberty and humanity." [4][5] Dr. Hamid says he believes in developing respectful and positive relationships with other nations and religions. He says that he learned that position from the Qur'an.[6]

Methodology[edit]

Hamid states on his site that his methodology is to incorporate three processes to get a holistic understanding of the Quran to teach others about it.[7] These steps are:

  1. A probing analysis of the subtleties and complexities of the Arabic language to develop a more precise understanding of the Quran and the message it offers.
  2. Knowledge of the historical circumstances which occasioned the revelation of key Quranic verses.
  3. Interpreting Quranic suras (chapters) and verses holistically to better appreciate their overall significance and synergistic qualities, rather than individually, which leads only to literal interpretations that do not take into account other verses and even whole segments of the Quran.

Views on radical Islam[edit]

In a 2009 Wall Street Journal article, Hamid said that Islam should prove its peacefulness and called Islamic scholars and clerics "to produce a Shariah book that will be accepted in the Islamic world and that teaches that Jews are not pigs and monkeys, that declaring war to spread Islam is unacceptable, and that killing apostates is a crime." [8]

He says that Muslim fundamentalists believe that Saudi Arabia's petroleum-based wealth is a divine gift and that Saudi influence is sanctioned by Allah. Thus, the Salafist extreme brand of Sunni Islam that spread from the Saudi Arabia to the rest of the Islamic world is regarded not merely as one interpretation of the religion but as the only genuine interpretation. The expansion of violent and regressive Islam, he continues, began in the late 1970s and can be traced precisely to the growing financial clout of Saudi Arabia.[2]

In a 2006 radio show (the Orla Barry Show, part of Newstalk), he was quoted as saying: "There are different degrees of evil. Jemaah Islamiya represents the active evil or active terrorists let us call them who are ready to commit violent acts and all such atrocities. But the majority of Muslim are all passive terrorists. They believe in this evil. They support it either by money or emotionally they are not against it...The vast majority of Muslims were against any peaceful understanding. And they prefer this violent traditional teaching of Islam." [9]

Views on Israel[edit]

Hamid said that most Muslims correlate the word Israel to the word Azrael that sounds like Israel but means "angel of death". This created a link in the minds of most Muslim children the need to hate the word Israel. In an article titled "Why I loved Israel based on the Qur'an", he writes that according to the Qur'an, God gave the Israelites the land of Israel as their promised land (Quran 17:104: And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, "Dwell securely in the land of promise").

He explains the Quran went even further to consider the Promised Land as the permanent inheritance for the Israelites (26:59) "Thus it was, but we made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things (the Promised Land)" [10] He continued by saying, "No Muslim has the right to interfere with the gathering of the Jews in Israel, as this is the will of God himself" [10]

In 2007, Hamid served as a keynote speaker for The Intelligence Summit and now sits on their advisory board.

Bibliography[edit]

Hamid is the author of "Inside Jihad." Originally self-published in 2007, the book was republished by Mountain Lake Press in 2015 in an updated and expanded edition, Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works, Why It Should Terrify Us, How to Defeat It. He has written opinion pieces for The Wall Street Journal, including Islam Needs To Prove It's A Religion Of Peace,[11] How to End Islamophobia[12] and The Trouble with Islam.[13] He also writes the "Inside Islam" column for Newsmax.[14] Hamid participated in a symposium[15] published by National Review Online, where he expressed his view on the Sudanese teddy bear blasphemy case.

Hamid recounts his transformation into a jihadist in a piece published by the Hudson Institute, entitled The Development of a Jihadist's Mind.[16]

Criticism[edit]

Chris Bail, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University, has critiqued Hamid in his book, "Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream".[17]

Articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brent Beleskey - HOME". www.intelligencesummit.org. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  2. ^ a b Coren, Michael (November 3, 2006). "Hot for martyrdom". CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Tawfik Hamid - Mission statement Archived 2008-11-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "ISLAM for peace". www.islamforpeace.org. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  6. ^ "ISLAM for peace". www.islamforpeace.org. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  7. ^ "ISLAM for peace". www.islamforpeace.org. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  8. ^ Hamid, Tawfik (2009-03-09). "Islam Should Prove It's a Religion of Peace". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  9. ^ As cited in http://www.publiceye.org/liberty/training/Muslim_Menace_Complete.pdf
  10. ^ a b T. Hamid, Why I love Israel Based on the Quran, June 2004
  11. ^ Islam Needs To Prove It's A Religion Of Peace
  12. ^ How to End Islamophobia
  13. ^ The Trouble with Islam
  14. ^ Hamid, Tawfik. "Tawfik Hamid - Inside Islam". Newsmax. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  15. ^ Not Child's Play Archived 2008-02-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ The Development of a Jihadist's Mind
  17. ^ Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream

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