Rashid Rida

Syrian Muslim scholar and reformer (1865-1935)

Muhammad Rashid Rida (Arabic: محمد رشيد رضا, romanized: Muḥammad Rashīd Riḍā; 1865–1935) was a prominent early Salafist Sunni Islamic scholar, reformer, theologian, and Islamic revivalist. As a Salafi scholar who called for the revival of hadith studies and a theoretician of an Islamic state, Riḍā condemned the rising currents of secularism and nationalism across the Islamic world following the abolition of the Ottoman sultanate and championed a global pan-Islamist program aimed at re-establishing an Islamic caliphate.

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  • You complacent ones, raise your heads and open your eyes. Look at what other peoples and nations do. Do you surrender to what is being told about you in the world? Are you happy to see the newspapers of every country reporting that the poor of the weakest peoples [the Jews], whom the governments of all nations are expelling, master so much knowledge and understanding of civilization methods that they are able to possess and colonize your country, and turn its masters into laborers and its wealthy into poor?.. Think about this question (Zionism), and make it the subject of your discussion.. Then [contemplate] whether it is clear to you that you have neglected the rights of your homeland and service to your people and your community. Examine and contemplate, consider and consult, talk and discuss this matter. It is more worthy of consideration than creating disasters and insulting innocent ones.
    • Muhammad Rashid Rida, — Al-Manar, p. 108 (April 9, 1898)
    • Y. Muslih, Muhammad (1988). "3: Arab Reaction to Zionism, 1882-1914". The Origins of Palestinian Nationalism. New York, USA: Columbia University Press. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-231-06509-4.
    • Beska, Emanuel (2007). "Responses of Prominent Arabs Towards Zionist Aspirations and Colonization Prior to 1908". In Asian and African Studies. 16 (1): 37–38.

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