Muhammad Yunus, I am in full agreement with you when you say,
majority of Muslims, the world over, may have been offended or even shocked by
this remark as this amounts to putting a tag of terror on their faith for the
heinous crimes committed by an infinitesimally small minority of its followers.
But they must not take the words of these great leaders as anti-Islamic
rhetoric and search their souls.”
Dear Mhammed Arif,
Islam as it came to the world was a radical religion.That was 14 centuries ago.
Radical Islam today as understood by the world/ world leaders and
defined in the opening para of the article is the ideology of declaring
innocent people of any religion as kafir and killing them in terror attack –
under the ambit of Islam. The Prophet never did this. The Qur’an forbade the
Prophet from coercing people in any way, let alone terrorizing them doing this
in the following verses:
“If your Lord so willed, everyone on earth would have believed,
all together. Will you (O Muhammad) then compel people until they become
“We know best what they
say; but you (O Muhammad,) are not to force them. So remind with the Qur'an
those who fear My warning” (50:45).
“So remind (them, O Muhammad) – for you are one who reminds
(88:21); and have no power over them” (88:22)
Yes! The Prophet fought
battles against attacking armies or against tribes that repeatedly broke treaty
So, based on the arguments laid out in the article, which
relates to present times is true to its caption: “Radicalism
Under The Banner Of Islam Is Mutation Of Islam Into A Cult Of Satan”
If it is narratives that have caused the problem and if these narratives
are well founded in our ahadith, then what success can we gain by spinning new
narratives? There are narratives for peace time and narratives for times
of war but there does not appear to be clear principles which cut through all
the false narratives. This is because we have corrupted our understanding of
the Quran by laying on it layer upon layer of defective scholarship. If we understand
the Quran correctly, and exactly as the Quran itself makes the meaning clear,
we have no need for any narratives!
Let us understand clearly the root of the problem. The following is a daily prayer of devout
(286) On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It
gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:)
"Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay
not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord!
Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our
sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help
us against the kafirin.
(4:141) ….And never will Allah grant to the kafirin a way (to triumph)
over the Momineen.
(8:18) That, and also because Allah is He Who makes feeble the plans and
stratagem of the kafirin. (19) (O Kafirin!) if ye prayed for victory and
judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will
be best for you: if ye return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good
will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is
with the momineen!
Now if Kafir is understood as non-Muslim and Momin as Muslim, which is how
these words are understood by the Muslims, then the Islamic ideology is easy
prey to those who would like to hijack it for their political goals. Verse
2:286 makes all Muslims yearn and strive for victory over the Kafirin, 4:141 and
8:18 guarantee victory to the Momineen over the Kafirin without ifs and buts
and even if the forces of the Kafirin are great in numbers and in power. Is it
any wonder then that the extremists are so successful?
Now if Kafir is understood correctly as a religion neutral term which
means an ingrate rebel against truth, reason, justice and the laws of the civil
society and if Momin is correctly understood as a person who is on the side of
what is right and just in any given situation irrespective of his religion,
then the Muslims are no longer at war with non-Muslims nor can they take Allah’s
help for granted in any war unless they are on the side of right.
There is not even a single verse of the Quran in which the meaning of
Kafir is (disbeliever = non-Muslim) nor is the meaning of Momin Muslim unless
he is on the side of justice and truth.
In the 1971 war, the Indian army triumphed over the Pakistan army. If per
(4:141) Allah never grants to the Kafirin a way (to triumph) over the Momineen,
then it was the Indian army which was an army of the Momineen and the Pakistan
army which was an army of the Kafirin. There is no doubt that this was so. The
meaning of these two words should therefore be clear. These are not only
religion neutral but dependent upon a given situation. The Pakistan army was an
army of oppressors of the Bengali people and the Indian army was an army sent
to liberate the Bengalis from the oppression of Pakistan and its army. The
oppressors are without doubt referred to as Kafirin in the Quran and those who
fight against oppression of any kind as the Momineen.
For more on the subject, read my articles:
Corruption of Islamic Theology
how our scholars have systematically corrupted Islamic theology, please read:
1. The Misrepresentation of the Quran through Mistranslation
Is Kufr And Who Is A Kafir In The Quran? (Full and Revised Text of the New Age
Islam Series on the Subject)
Much discussed and debated Medinian Verses Relating to Fighting
Politics of Religion and the Changing Concept of Shuhuda over the Years
Path Must Our Young take?
can prevent our youth from being misguided by the charlatans? Or how can we
channelize the idealism of the youth in the right direction? It is by informing
them of what makes a good Muslim as per the authentic message of the Quran.
This is covered in the article:
Role Models in the Quran