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Islamic Ideology


  • Fashion industry is the best religion. Keeps changing every fortnight, chest thumping 'my lingerie is the best' ! Haven't heard 'my religion is the best'. In fact this is considered out of syllabus. The correct expression is: 'this is the religion and you don't have to buy it with 'charrhawa' money; or shove it for free'. By Manzurul Haque - 8/24/2016 1:29:14 AM

  • Islam is not superior to any religion. It has its virtues, but sadly marred by its many flaws, which are proving to be immune to reform. Each religion in the world has its own virtues and its own flaws. A better religion is one that changes with the time, adapts, evolves, moves towards greater humaneness, accepts mistakes of the past. A wise man keeps this in mind and does not indulge in superiority games. Those who strut about with puffed chests saying 'my religion greatest' look as ridiculous as beady eyed, fat necked, bobbing head pigeons doing the mating dance. By secularlogic - 8/23/2016 1:20:59 AM

  • Thanks Manzurule for your complements. Superiority is different from supremacism. Supremacism can lead us to dominate, control, and subjugate others. Think of White supremacism in Botha government in South Africa. They looked down on 90% majority black people and did atrocities to them, until they were thrown out of power. Whereas Nelson Mandela, who was a humble man, like his spiritual leader, was able to forgive the white people who put him in prison for 27 yrs. He attracted millions of heart throughout the world. Supremacist cannot see reality, nor see the truth of a matter. Jews were proud that they were the ‘Chosen People’ of God and became supremacists and did not understand their Messiah’s message and crucified him. Many writers in this website are afraid that Zakir Naike’s 100 million followers could become supremacists and look down on others and harm them as happened in Bangladesh, or become vain and bitter for nothing.

    By Royalj - 8/19/2016 5:12:23 AM

  • Haquesaab,

    Supremacism may not be innate to Islam, but it certainly is central to the teachings of countless Muslim preachers. Ibn Taymiyyah, Abd al-Wahhab, Zakir Naik and Ahmed Deedat are good examples.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/18/2016 2:20:56 PM

  • Jn Mohiyuddin sb. When I wrote I was clear that  I meant this: 'If this gives superiority to Islam (in the eyes of others) what can we do ?' In fact I do suspect that the very coining of Islamic Supremacism is a deliberate propaganda tool to put Islam on the defensive. By Manzurul Haque - 8/18/2016 12:19:14 AM

  • Naseer Saheb, I was referring to Haque Saheb's earlier question, " If this gives superiority to Islam what can we do?" However I agree with his latest comment.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/17/2016 1:56:04 PM

  • GM Sb, Is that the question really? 
    Is that what Haque sb meant when he talked about the superiority of humanitarian virtues over militarism, mobocracy and mammonism?
    Why was it taken amiss?
    By Naseer Ahmed - 8/17/2016 12:33:59 AM

  • Why do we think in terms of superiority and inferiority in the first place ? Who coined these words? In matters of faith, a Muslim is rather humble and self-critical. He/she  is constantly asking for forgiveness, why? If I were to advise I would advise Muslims to be less self-critical to be able to develop tolerance for slight impurity. A supremacist is the one who is cocksure about his most irrational ideas so much that he can apply filth on his forehead and proudly display his naked body, and is never self-critical. There are many around us. By Manzurul Haque - 8/17/2016 12:00:11 AM

  • Naseersaab, forget the semantics and address the relevant question. Should we Muslims feel superior about our faith? In order to be good Muslims,  is it necessary for us to feel superior?

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/16/2016 1:28:44 PM

  • Royalji sb, namaskar. I guess you are a sernior person and from that angle alone you are entitled to my reverence. Rightly or wrongly, I derive my etiquette from the teachings of Islam. And I just don't know how I can avoid to be labeled with the stigma of learning humility from hundreds of commands of the holy Quran chastising man to be humble, because, referring to Islam for anything by a Muslim these days, is considered an ignoble act of Islamic Supremacism. ! But I assure you, I have no problem following Ariel Durant since the destination of decency is an article of faith for me. I want to also apologize to Jn Mohiyuddin sb if I have hurt his sentiments by directly crossing him. By Manzurul Haque - 8/16/2016 12:47:46 PM

  • Hi Manzurule! You cannot become a gentleman if you have a superiority complex. The definition of a gentleman is “A gentleman is one who is continually considerate” Says Ariel Durant. Superiority leads to hatred. Allah wants humble people in heaven. He doesn’t want anyone who beats his chest and shout at Allah. “Allah oppose the proud and favours the humble” By Royalj - 8/16/2016 6:05:59 AM

  • It is an excellent article. You have given the essential message of Islam. However my humble opinion is that you must use your scholarship to address the problems Muslims face today. Proving Islam is a religion of peace again and again is not warranted.

    Mohammad, have you ever thought of or dreamed of building an inclusive society, an egalitarian society, or an utopian society? For such a project, people must be exhorted to be humble and to love each other, without considering cast creed or race.  The main drawback among the Muslims is supremacism; it leads to intolerance and hatred. You may be knowing that heaven is ruled by love. In order to become citizens of heaven we must demonstrate our love towards others, even our enemies in this world; who are also the beautiful creation of Allah. We must be able to embrace anyone who come across in our life. You may have heard about the story of Good Samaritan. It was Samaritan, an enemy, who attended the fallen Jew not the Jewish priest.

    What matters is love. When we love others we get the real sense of justice. It gives us the discernment to know what is good and what is bad. Corporate face of love is justice

    Allah says “Everyone will know you are my disciple if you love one another”

    By Royalj - 8/16/2016 5:47:11 AM

  • Does humility require that humanitarianism be ranked below militarism, mobocracy and mammonism?

    Moreover, humility is a human virtue and not a humanitarian virtue.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 8/16/2016 4:04:30 AM

  • Haque sahib, an important humanitarian virtue is humility.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/14/2016 7:11:20 PM

  • secularlogic. "Superiority of man/woman, as defined by Islam" is the right expression. Please get rid of your anxiety. By Manzurul Haque - 8/14/2016 11:19:30 AM

  • So funny that my earlier comment is sandwiched between to diametrically opposite views regarding the superiority of Islam. I suspect Mr Mohiyuddin  may be in a minority of one regarding this matter.  By secularlogic - 8/14/2016 1:52:30 AM

  • I seek superiority based on humanitarian virtues and that's what makes me un-impressed by the superiority of  military power or money power or mob power. By Manzurul Haque - 8/13/2016 11:11:15 PM

  • We stand for peace, pluralism and sanity. We do not seek superiority.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/13/2016 1:10:35 PM

  • Every mother things her child is the brightest and most beautiful. She condones all flaws, and tries to hide them and make light of them. Even the mother of an ugly child. In a mother, it is an endearing aspect of love. In matters so serious as faith, where lives are on the line, we should not act like mothers. By secularlogic - 8/13/2016 4:35:50 AM

  • An outstanding presentation of the long-standing faith of Muslims. This narration is our folklore and generations of Muslims over centuries have been brought up under these cultural beliefs. If this gives superiority to Islam what can we do? Should we give up good to please the barking evil? Let them bark. They are fanatics anyway. By Manzurul Haque - 8/13/2016 12:16:41 AM

  • The previous comment was wrongly posted in this thread. I request the editors to delete it here. By Naseer Ahmed - 8/12/2016 11:45:52 PM

  • The Draupadi incident would not have been mentioned but for the fact that Secular Logic said in a different thread that if he were a Muslim he would have died of shame for the verse that allows sex with female slave. So, I have given him an opportunity that he missed not being a Muslim to die of shame as a Hindu.

    The Draupadi incident describes the society of those days. A wife could be sold or lost in a game of dice and the new owner could do anything with her including disrobing her in full public view with what intent we know. She was saved by a miracle but without any principle being established about the impropriety of enslavement in this manner or how a slave could be treated. The fact that the five (ex) husbands and the elders of the Pandavas and the Kauravas and their gurus were mute spectators to what was taking place speaks volumes for the status of a slave in that society and the absolute rights of a master. And these were not ordinary folks but the nobility and the highest and most principled acharyas.

    Just because these rules are not codified does not make that society any better. That Dushyasan was killed in war by Bheema who drank his blood also does not change the rules of that society as it concerns slavery.

    In Islam, what happened to Draupadi is impossible and a slave had rights to good treatment and could take his master to an Islamic court even for being slapped and if the charge was proved, the master could be forced to free the slave.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 8/12/2016 11:40:34 PM

  • Goods that sultan shahin every now and than puts Mohmmad Yunas articles, he is the only one I have seen admits pitfall properly and put Muslims and Islamic histroy in proper light.

    I always appreciate Mohmmad Yunus sincer work, though I do not had agreement on lots of point, lots of Hindius too in comment section.

    His articles are of more spirtual nature which he bring it like cream from all jumbo-Bombo of Islamic and Muslim political history which is very very hard task.

    His articles always inspire me nearness of God, though Islam and Muslim had very bad impact on human civilisation apart from golden age, but that is the case for every relgion not Islam alone can be blamed for it, the only difference is other relgious community had moved away from their past Jumbo-Mombo and looking forward for future of human race, keeping certain moral and traditional standards from their old past which suits in the Mordern man.

    By Aayina - 8/12/2016 10:00:05 PM

  • This is a work of painstaking scholarship and Yunus sahib must be thanked for it. A message that renounces violence and upholds love, justice and forgiveness is crucially relevant at this time.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/12/2016 1:12:18 PM

  • As per your reading, the military verses are only meant to be applied to that time and circumstance. Where does it say so? And if it is so topical, how can you still keep teaching that stuff to your people as current religion. Shouldnt it be taught as medieval history? By secularlogic - 8/12/2016 11:53:36 AM

  • Surah Tawbah was needed to set Islam on a permanent footing and rid the world – at least the Islamic world of the culture of loot, murder and arson that conquering armies committed through the Medieval ages Well, it certainly did not achieve that, neither in the islamic world nor outside it, as we know from history. What about the Jihad verses? What about the verse that asks muslims to not rest unless all over the world worship is for Allah alone? What about the verses that rain abuses on the Kafir? Cherry picking can prove anything. You can make islam what you want. Your version,or the Saudi version, or the Daesh version. Each of them as valid as the other, because they all omit something to suit their own leaning. By secularlogic - 8/12/2016 11:51:06 AM

  • Where is the peace. Show it to me. Show it to me in history, show it to me in the present. You mock us, with your assertions.Just words do no good. Proof is needed. So many people read the Quran. How come they understand it differently? Are they wrong? Or are you wrong. If indeed God has written that stuff, he sure needed a good editor and copy editor.  By secularlogic - 8/12/2016 11:44:36 AM