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NY Times: 'Islam' is Bells, Music, Dancing, Free Food
by Lisa Graas
Do you love rose petals and music? Dancing with bells on your feet? How about free food? If you enjoy all these things and were reading the New York Times yesterday, you may have been surprised to find out that you are actually a Muslim. A Sufi Muslim, to be exact. Headlining the New York Times' online edition was a heartwarming story of hippies…er, um…Sufi Muslims in Pakistan who wish only to dance, sing, practice tolerance and eat free food. If you took the New York Times' word for it, you might think the Sufi Muslim's only troubles in life were attacks from what the New York Times refers to as "hard-liners." Considering that I hold to strict Catholicism, I couldn't help but wonder if they were referring to me in their "hard-liner" reference.
What the New York Times does not mention is that while Sufism today may be rather relativist in many areas, there are actually Sufi Muslims who are themselves "hard-liners." In August, Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, pointed this out in a story about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is a Sufi Muslim.
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