Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh

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6 thoughts on “Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies, New College, University of Edinburgh

  1. This too was a TFTD without any faith based perspective save for a fleeting koranic reference from 1min59 to 2min03. “Your wealth and your child are a trial for you”. What the hell does that mean. I would say for most people lack of wealth is a trial. Especially for those with children who struggle to provide food, clothing and shelter for them.

    There was nothing in this TFTD that is not known very well by parents the world over apart from a rather stupid and ill referenced koran banality. And there was no seed in there either save that of further reinforcement that TFTD thinkers are not following the remit of TFTD unless that remit has now been so diluted from its original form so as to not offend the sensibilities of the vast majority of listeners who have never needed or those that have grown up and jettisoned the need for religious affiliation.

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  2. Literally 10 seconds of the allotted three minutes mentioned anything remotely related to the BBC’s “faith perspective”, and even then it was a passing, innocuous and otherwise superfluous reference.

    But the BBC ensure us TftD is “rigorously edited”. Yeah…okay.

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  3. Well said above though I’d go further. When she says, at the end, “more importantly, helping them to love themselves”, Mona’s saying something which is positively secular, isn’t she? Surely a religious perspective should put [insert IMF(s) here] at the heart of a talk about love & young people & mental health – damningly, though, there’s nothing to say about such crucial parts of real lives.

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  4. “Your wealth and your child are a trial for you”. What the hell does that mean?

    I think that it makes sense if you take the word trial to mean test, as in a test of character. Certainly this would be true regarding wealth. I recall reading about some guru who ran retreats as a way of separating gullible westerners from their money. The community that he lived in was pretty impoverished but he spent his money on a collection of Rolls Royces rather than on improving the lot of the people around him. Not only was he not particularly enlightened, he failed the trial, the test of character.

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  5. That would be the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, dubbed “the Bagwash” by Clive James in a 1981 TV review, in ‘The Observer’.

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