Dear Secular Logic,
I would like to make one thing crystal
clear before I begin. I don’t believe in any organized religion . I have no
faith in God. I’m an Ex-Muslim Atheist , and I’ve been quite critical about Islam.
What you mentioned so far is factual .
But underneath your logic there is victimization. We can always debate on
theological disputes – you might dislike certain excerpts of Quran; which is
perfectly fine. But when the dislike turns into hatred towards any group of
people belonging to any community then the real problem arises . Historically
Muslims have done terrible things to Non-Muslims but the real victims of Muslim
bigotry were Muslims themselves. The last 1400 years is the testimony of Muslims
killing fellow Muslims for power and kingdom.
We cannot go back and undo what occurred
in 1100’s and 1500’s. However , the manufactured hatred by the Sangh Parivar
cannot be justified. It maybe a reaction due to the historic injustice. But if
we take the same logic then every Dalit has the right to discriminate upper
caste Brahmin. I would never endorse discrimination either from a Dalit or an upper caste.
This statement was really in bad
taste, “..... Can you name one initiative by the muslim community that can be
called a goodwill building measure? Even a symbolic gesture will do. No, you
are gathering behind that mad preacher and the rabid MIM”
Muslim community doesn’t require
initiative for goodwill building. This is already being done through politically
motivated iftar parties. This solution doesn’t look pragmatic. It might work in
Hindi cinema or some daily dose of soap
operas. Muslim community badly need a platform where they can introspect and
involve in critical thinking without any fear and danger from other fanatics
within their community. But India’s track record had been abysmal.India is the
only country where triple Tallaq exist. We fail to provide security to Taslima
Nasreen. We ban books pulping them and vandalize art works. Do we really have
the moral high ground. I think you are criticizing the wrong people. Muhammed
Yunus and Sultan Shahin are part of the solution . They are not Saudi
billionairs and owners of oil fields. They are doing the best with the limited
resourced available, also facing the impending dangers from the Mullas.“Ideology
koo $$$endhan kii zaroorat hai bhai.”
It’s rather unfortunate that out of
frustration you compared MIM with NAI. On the contrary if yo go through the
articles in NAI , especially from Pavez Hoodbhoy you will be surpised to see
that the attempt is to silence the Mad preachers and bring a counter narrative.
the Qur’anic perspective, every human being, regardless of religion or even if
he claims to be an atheist, is a repository of taqwa that remains embedded in
the deeper recesses of his subconscious self, and thus remains a shadow taproot
of his moral values, his ‘nafsul lawwama’ or
the self reproaching instinct/ conscience (75:2). But the divine
creative scheme also vests humans with a counteracting instinct – the ‘nafsul
ammara’, the base or animal instinct that prompts him to commit evil (12:53).
Thus all human beings, regardless of religion can attain the height of the
muttaqi or fall into the depth of moral depravity or evil as propounded in the
verse 91:8, quoted in the beginning of the discourse. The Qur’an puts it
succinctly in its cryptic vocabulary:
“Indeed We have created human
being in the finest frame of taqwa (ahsani taqwim) (95:4), but then We debased
him to the lowest of the low (95:5) - except those who believe and do good
deeds: theirs is a reward unending” (95:6).
The Qur’an’s broader
notion of taqwa – an irrefutable testimony to its universalism
is to dispel the myth of Islamic exclusiveness propagated by the foursome of
its ignorant detractors - the mullas, the orthodoxy, the propagandist
scholarship and the Islamopath intellectuals.
Is the Quran a Book of Contradictions?
A comment another the same article further expands the discussion in the article.
By Naseer Ahmed - 4/27/2015 1:50:49 AM