Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tony Blair, Napoleon, Sarojini dan Al-Quran

The British Prime Minister Tony Blair says that he has read the whole Qur'an three times. In his statements, he often mentioned his admiration for the Qur'an's moral teaching. On March 29, 2000, the BBC reported on Blair's admiration for the Qur'an in a feature entitled "Blair: Qur'an Inspired Me."

He was reported to have said that Islam was a good and peaceful religion, that he owned two copies of the Qur'an, and that he was quite inspired by it:

“If you read the Koran, it is so clear the concept of love and fellowship as the guiding spirits of humanity”.

Two or three days before the 9/11 attacks, the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday published an article in which Blair said that former US president Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea had given him a copy of the Qur'an as a gift, that he had begun to read it and that it given him courage in times of difficulty. After the attacks, Blair once again said in an interview on Al-Jazeera television that had read the Qur'an. He also added:

“I read the message of the Koran, insofar as it can be translated. And I read about Islam and I enjoy doing that. And I think that I have learned things about the Koran that I never knew before and I think a lot of Christians would be interested”.

Time magazine described Blair as "long-time student of the Koran" in one article about him.

Napoleon Bonaparte

“I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the prinsiples of the Qur'an wich alone can lead men to happiness.”

- ‘Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte’ by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne

Sarojoni Naidu

Sarojini Naidu - (1879-1949) Seorang penulis, pemuisi dan salah seorang pemimpin paling menonjol sebelum masa Kemerdekaan India. Presiden The Indian National Congress dan merupakan Gabenor perempuan pertama dalam masa pembebasan India.

“Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur'an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world".

(From a lecture on "The Ideals of Islam" quoted in the book Speeches and Writings of Sarojini Naidu)

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