It was apparent from the interview that Wafa Sultan has stopped being a Muslim for reasons that she alone can tell. This fact alone will discourage even the most moderate Muslims from listening to her. She is exactly like Irshad Manji. Western readers can get excited as they want over Sultan and Manji, but don't expect Muslims to heed the call of a former Muslim and a lesbian.The same thing has been said about Ayan Hirsi Ali. But shouldn't "real" Muslims ask themselves what is it about their religion that caused these women to become apostates?
In addition, I believe the Sultan vs the Al Azhar professor debate was an attempt by Al Jazeera to discredit anyone who thinks differently about Islam. By putting these 2 together, Al Jazeera was forcing its viewers to choose between Sultan and the professor. 99.9999% of viewers had no option but to side with their fellow Muslim the professor.
Mar 14, 2006
Muslims won't listen to Wafa Sultan
Because she's no longer a Muslim, says Big Pharoah. Sultan appeared on al-Jazeera twice to discuss radical Islam. She's opposed. Sultan was also the subject of a New York Times profile last weekend.