Quotes by: Tariq Ramadan

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The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.
Tariq Ramadan
The strength of democratic societies relies on their capacity to know how to stand firm against extremism while respecting justice in the means used to fight terrorism.
Tariq Ramadan
Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion.
Tariq Ramadan
In its haste to bolster nationalism, in its obsession with security, Europe is losing its soul.
Tariq Ramadan
The challenge for Muslims in America is to respect the fears of ordinary people while resisting the exploitation of those fears by political parties, lobbies and sectors of the media. To meet this challenge, Muslims must reassess their own involvement, behavior and contributions in American society.
Tariq Ramadan
The great majority of Americans do not know much about Islam but nonetheless fear it as violent, expansionist and alien to their society. The problem to overcome is not hatred, but ignorance.
Tariq Ramadan
Terror will crash down on us if we fail to understand that a pluralistic society requires the personal and daily commitment of every citizen.
Tariq Ramadan
We must master our egoism, and through this mastery, step outside ourselves and educate ourselves in giving. Fasting requires that we rediscover all that is alive around us, and reconcile ourselves with our environment.
Tariq Ramadan
Our democratic societies are in danger. In allowing ourselves to be infiltrated by fear, to be blinded by the passion of identity, we are entertaining the most serious illusions about our freedom.
Tariq Ramadan
Our pluralist society must provide its citizens with the tools to understand religions, their symbols and their practices.
Tariq Ramadan
Clarity and consistency are not enough: the quest for truth requires humility and effort.
Tariq Ramadan
Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land.
Tariq Ramadan
The month of Ramadan is the world's most widespread fast and yet its teachings are minimised, neglected and even betrayed (through literal application of rules that overlooks their ultimate objective).
Tariq Ramadan
Being Muslim has become synonymous with pointed questions, with tension and mistrust, even with conflict. It has become a global phenomenon with profound consequences for inter-communal relations, political rhetoric and policies at the local, regional, national and international level.
Tariq Ramadan
The rich stick together; the poor and the marginalised are thrown together.
Tariq Ramadan
Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness.
Tariq Ramadan
The very moment you understand that being a Muslim and being American or European are not mutually exclusive, you enrich your society. Promote the universal principles of justice and freedom, and leave the societies elsewhere to find their model of democracy based on their collective psychology and cultural heritage.
Tariq Ramadan
It is only through the opposition of ideas that we can learn to be self-critical, to work towards intellectual humility.
Tariq Ramadan
We must delve deep into history the better to engage a true dialogue of civilisations. Fear of the present can impose upon the past its own biased vision.
Tariq Ramadan
No civilisation can claim to have a monopoly on universal values and no one can claim to be always faithful to his own values.
Tariq Ramadan
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