"Man is certainly free, but he is responsible for this freedom before God as before men. This responsibility is inevitably moral. In order of this morality, to be free is to protect the freedom of others and their dignities"
— Tariq Ramadan, Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity (via tariqramadan)
(Source: lespritmodestee, via tariqramadan)
"Take a boy like my son, who was 12 years old. He was born between two intifadas. What does he know but tanks and soldiers and jet fighters? He only meets Israelis who are soldiers. He thinks all Israelis are soldiers. This does not help us. Seeing each other as human beings helps us."
Ismail Khatib, whose 12 year old son was accidentally killed by Israeli soldiers.
From “Six inspiring stories of Jews saving Muslims and Muslims saving Jews”
"No one must ever let power or social, economic, or political interest turn him or her away from other human beings, from the attention they deserve and the respect they are entitled to. nothing must ever lead to a person to compromise this principle or faith in favour of a political strategy aimed at saving or protecting a community from some peril. The freely offered, sincere heart of a poor, powerless individual is worth a thousand times more in the sight of God than the assiduously courted, self-interested heart of a rich one."
— Tariq Ramadan (via arzitekt)