Prince Charles at the Oxford islamic center

In October of 1993, Prince Charles addressed the Oxford center of Islamic Studies. A major patron of the Center, he was asked to speak about his Knowledge of Islam. The following paragraphs are some excerpts of his talk:

“The depressing fact is, that despite the advances in technology and mass communications of the second half of the 20th century, despite mass travel, the intermingling of the races, the ever growing reduction – or so we believe -about the mysteries of our world, misunderstanding between Islam and the West continue… As far as the West is concerned, this can not be because of ignorance. There are more than billion Muslims worldwide. Many millions live in Commonwealth. Ten million of them live in the West and around one million live in Britain. Our own Islamic community has been growing and flourishing for decades… it is odd, in many ways, that misunderstandings between Islam and the West should persist. For that which binds our two worlds to gather is so much more powerful than that which divide us. We share many key values in common… another obvious Western prejudice is to judge the position of women in Islamic society by the extreme cases. The rights of muslim women to property and inheritance, to some protection if divorced,and to the conducting of business were rights prescribed by the Qur’an 1400 years ago. In Britain at least, some of these were novel even to my grandfather’s generation!”

He goes on to remind the west of its apparent forgetfulness and indebtedness to the Muslim world, stating,

“We have underestimated the importance of 800 years of Islamic society and culture in Spain between the 8th and 15th centuries… to the preservation of classical learning during the Dark Ages, and to the first flowerings of the Renaissance… not only did muslim Spain gather and preserve the intellectual content of ancient Greek and Roman civilization, it also interpreted and expanded upon that civilization and made a vital contribution of its own in so many fields… in science, astronomy, mathematics, algebra…law, history, medicine, pharmacology, optics, agriculture, architecture, theology, and music… Many of the traits on which modern Europe prides itself came to it from Muslim Spain. Diplomacy, free trade, open borders, the techniques of academic research, of anthropology, etiquette, fashion, alternative medicine, hospitals, all came from this great city of cities. Medieval Islam was religion of remarkable tolerance for its time, allowing Jews and Christians the right to practice their inherited beliefs and setting an example which was not, unfortunately, copied for many centuries in the West…”

Near the end of Prince Charles’ speech he said, “More than this, Islam can teach us today a way of understanding and living in a world which Christianity itself is poorer for having lost. At the heart of Islam is its preservation of an integral view of the universe. Islam refuses to separate man and nature, religion and science, mind and matter, and has preserved a metaphysical and unified view of ourselves and the world around us… But the West gradually lost this integrated vision of the world with Copernicus and Descartes and the coming of the scientific revolution.”

What a beautyful representation of some of the facts about Islam, it’s history and Arab contribution to the world. But how many westerners have heard this speech in total ? How many fearful minds and hearts could have been comforted and enlightened by this message ? Did the Western media advertise this advocacy for true Islamic understanding? No because the media’s agenda is at odd with what Islam stands for.

#Islamophobia # Prince Charles #womenrights in islam

37 comments on “Prince Charles at the Oxford islamic center

  1. He is reminding the world, how tolerant islam is

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  2. Humans are interesting Creatures We get very Attached to our Tools
    in Fact even a Smart Phone will Become not only an Extension of our
    Arm not really Different than our Hand yet Even More Verily a Part of Our
    Mind too even the Source of our Thoughts as Creativity may be Replaced
    By Links We only Share and then there is Written Words After a Tool Like
    A Rock to Crack Open a Nut.. True.. Apes still Use Rocks in the Wild but We Humans
    Use iMaGiNaTioN Potentially More Even A Desert Rock in the
    Sky Will become illuminated by Colors
    of Romance no Longer Just
    A Moon a Piece of Desert Earth
    In the Sky Becomes What May
    Lead as Muse for more Human
    Children to come.. True.. a bit of Light
    Helps at Night to Find A Way Longer.. no Wonder
    Appreciation of Moon Grows With No Limits of
    Even more Metaphors of Human iMaGiNaTioN
    Free as Source of most All of our Novel iNVenTioNs
    of Creativity are still coming more to Be Science And Art Fruition Now…
    Smiles.. my Friend Imran Ali nice to See You Posting Again the Words Differently
    Spoken in Arabic and English of Course that Close to Half the World Share in Common
    Are ‘Love’ and ‘Jesus’ as Symbols for Essence of what and who they are.. the Closer
    The Word and Symbol Jesus Gets to An Essence of Agape Love For All Consuming
    All of Nature yes too of course Humans too with the Least Harm Possible the Happier
    i am and still am.. when God Becomes Love This Way too as a Positive Force
    For All as Love iNHeReNT Consuming others Altruistically With the
    Least Harm as Even Bonobos Naturally Do in a Jungle With No
    Written Words as Tools at all.. Problem with Words is they
    can and will become ‘Rarified Abstract Constructs’ And
    Worshipped As Empty Shells of Essence with no
    Longer Any Spirit Wind Left Within to FeeL and
    Sense/’See’ as Real.. Love Altruistically
    To Give and Share For Free
    As there are Versions
    of the Word ‘Jesus’
    That Better
    Reflect Human
    Innately Naturally Supported
    Altruistic Love With Enough Empathy
    Sympathy and Compassion to Feel and
    Sense other Folks Feelings to Avoid Harming
    Them With too much Consummation Now Still A
    Human “Naked” oF All Abstract Constructs in Written
    Words Will Find this Essence of Love Free For God and
    ‘Jesus’ as Innate Nature Provides Altruistically When Two or More
    Humans Come Together in A Natural Bond of Agape Human Love…
    As Long as A Village does not exceed the Social Human Capacity of
    150 to 200 Sets of Eyes A Village Will Thrive not unlike A Lion Pride..
    Additionally True about as Many Close and Intimate Friends Human
    Will Accommodate in Peace And Harmony of Balance is about 5…
    Social Stress is among the Highest Factors of Life that causes
    Overall Distress Leading to Lots of Misery and Suffering
    in short Social Stress Makes Humans Sick and yes
    Less Likely to Reproduce too.. Tradition is
    Yes in General.. ‘Religion’ as the Bonds that
    Bind Humans together for Best Cooperation
    For Surviving and Thriving in Moving Connecting Co-Creating
    Ways of Enhancing Productivity to Make A Social Group Work..
    Will be A Difference Between Mayhem and Order.. there is a Unifying
    Or Dividing Overall Factor of How Our Species Stays in Balance with Rest
    of Nature.. Nope Humans Overall are all set to Kill off 1 in 8 of all the Species
    of Plants and Animal Species from the Planet Earth… We Humans are evolved
    to Live in Much Smaller Groups in Balance With Nature.. Culture Has Become
    the Virus and Human Cultures as Extension of Nature We Co-Create Have
    Become Tools to Dominate the Earth and Tools Yes by our own Hand of
    Nature to limit continuing Reproductive Success of Being Human
    Without Tradition that Serves to Bond and Bind Humans
    Together Under Common Meaning/Purpose Humans
    Withdraw to their ‘Own Devices’ Literally of course my
    Friend in this instance..
    in other Words the Problem
    is much Greater than Definitions
    of Words the Problem Overall is that
    Humans are No Longer in Balance with a
    Hand that Feeds us All Yes Nature That Feeds US
    With Our Overall Hands and Feet So far out of Balance
    Now that Young Folks in Japan are no longer interested in
    Having Actual Physical Relations With Each other and Robot
    Dogs in Carriages are even Replacing FlesH and Blood Human
    Interaction Yet Nature Smiles as Nature is’ tired’ of Being Raped by just one Species..
    yes as i watch folks with their Heads Downs in Phones Away from Beautiful Horizons
    of Sunsets and Sunrises In some ways both Nature and God Laughs at Us my Friend
    and now
    it is up
    to us
    to Exist as
    A Human One too…
    Would Be Nice if Everyone
    Could Bond Around a Story
    Like Jesus All about LoVE
    But Perhaps Nature changes
    Nature’s Mind Now Dancing
    Singing Now There is enough
    oF A Virus of Human Culture Eating
    the Face of Living Earth Without any Additional
    Edifice of Human Beings Either Flesh and Blood
    or more Skyscrapers my Friend.. in other words
    When Population Stress Happens Nature Yes
    Species Cull Nature At Hand Out of Balance..
    Yes We Humans Have Lot of Reasons Yet Nature
    And God Does Balance Without And With Our Help..
    Pandora’s Box is Open Hold on Tight Until Sky Falls..:)

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  3. The Prince seems to have done his homework well, my Dear Imran. …Altogether has presented a good understanding of Islam. …I have had some good Muslim friends, Zobair Ahmad Khan, Taj Hussein among them. As You know we Indians have not had much (serious) difficulty between us. But the present is another matter. May the ‘Rahim’ have mercy on us. …Regards.

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  4. Good to see your back with a post Imran, had been impatiently waiting to see your gems here – and very nice reminder to all in times of xenophobia, religious intolerance and divisive politics in not only south asian region but on a global scale. MashAllah πŸ™‚

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  5. Good to see… how people are understanding Islam better!

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  6. Thanks for all your likes πŸ’“ Do follow me for more more content 😊

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. Undoubtedly, there are millions of peace-loving Muslims.

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  9. Thank you, Imran for sharing Prince Charles’s speech full of truth, understanding and realizing the message of Islam. Islam is not only for Muslims but the way of life to lead for the entire humanity. Bright blessings

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  10. Superb my friend πŸ™πŸ‘ŒπŸ™

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