Mustafa Akyol quotes

  • I think forcing people to uncover their head is as tyrannical as forcing them to cover it.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #God #Thinking #People

  • Rage is a sign of nothing but immaturity. The power of any faith comes not from its coercion of critics and dissenters. It comes from the moral integrity and the intellectual strength of its believers.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Integrity #Intellectual #Immaturity

  • Those who hope to nurture genuine religiosity should first establish liberty.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Liberty #Firsts #Genuine

  • Disapproving and boycotting is the Quranic thing to do, whereas violence and threats are not.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Violence #Threat

  • Even touching Erdogan is a form of worship,
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Touching #Worship #Form

  • The main bone of contention is whether Islamic injunctions are legal or moral categories. When Muslims say Islam commands daily prayers or bans alcohol, are they talking about public obligations that will be enforced by the state or personal ones that will be judged by God?
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Prayer #Islamic #Talking

  • The Arab Spring has heightened the ideological tension between Ankara and Tehran, and Turkey's model seems to be winning.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Spring #Winning #Turkeys

  • It is no secret that many Islamic movements in the Middle East tend to be authoritarian, and some of the so-called 'Islamic regimes' such as Saudi Arabia, Iran - and the worst case was the Taliban in Afghanistan - they are pretty authoritarian. No doubt about that.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Islamic #Iran #Doubt

  • There are strengths in Islamic tradition. Islam actually, as a monotheistic religion, which defined man as a responsible agent by itself, created the idea of the individual in the Middle East and saved it from the communitarianism, the collectivism of the tribe.
    -- Mustafa Akyol

    #Islamic #Men #Ideas

  • That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  • With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.

  • Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

  • Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small. Our expectations are too limited.

  • My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.

  • I think I feel rather differently about sympathy to what seems the normal view. I like just to feel it is there, but not always expressed.

  • Because of a friend, life is a little stronger, fuller, more gracious thing for the friend's existence, whether he be near or far. If the friend is close at hand, that is best; but if he is far away he still is there to think of, to wonder about, to hear from, to write to, to share life and experience with, to serve, to honor, to admire, to love.

  • Indo-European peoples and Semitic peoples are today still completely different... Jews almost everywhere form a special society... Muslims (the Semitic spirit is today represented mainly by Islam) and the Europeans stand face to face like two beings of different species, having nothing common in the way of thinking and feeling...

  • There's the South Pole, said Christopher Robin, and I expect there's an East Pole and a West Pole, though people don't like talking about them.

  • Find a need and fill it. Successful businesses are founded on the needs of people.

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