I’am reading Tariq Ramadan’s latest work, Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation.  I want to excerpt a portion in which I believe he asks some critical questions that are important for Muslims to reflect upon,

“why does recourse to Ijtihad, so long called for, fail to produce the expected renewal? Why has the innovative, bold, creative spirit of early times given way to timid approaches that only consider reform in terms of adapting to the world and no longer with the will and energy to change it? How can we explain this divide, this huge gap between the “Islamic sciences” (or “sacred sciences”) and all the “other sciences,” defining distinct and well-secured fields of authority, but making it impossible to respond adequately to the challenge of our times?”(p.3)