Comfortable sitting on your chair? Ok now you are ready to read this article, an Op-Ed in the New York Times by Mustafa Akyol who discusses fatalism in Islamic thinking:
Islam's Tragic Fatalism
"Earlier this month, on the Muslim holy day of Friday, a horrible accident took place in Mecca near Islam’s holiest site — the Kaaba. A huge crane fell on the mosque that encircles the cube-shaped shrine, killing 118 pilgrims and injuring almost 400. This tragedy was the deadliest crane collapse in modern history, and thus it begged for an investigation. Yet, in a highly religious country, the technicians that operated the crane, the Saudi Binladen Group, had an easy way out. One of them spoke to the press and simply said: “What happened was beyond the power of humans. It was an act of God.”
To their credit, the Saudi authorities did not buy this argument...."
Continue reading the article, in the New York Times here.
Good food for thot......but Wallahualam. Comment from Syed Akbar Ali which I copy pasted from his latest blog post: