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Islamic Ideology (18 Jun 2019 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Is your unthinking and blind following of the Quran and its teachings in the best possible manner? I don't think so.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 9/28/2019 2:27:34 PM

  • Apparently, GM sb hates to follow the Quran and its teachings in the best possible manner  or with Taqwa!
    By Naseer Ahmed - 9/28/2019 12:48:06 AM

  • The Quranic concept of Taqwa is being abused to justify unthinking obedience and being stuck in the ethos of 7th century Arabia.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/8/2019 1:05:00 PM

  • The message of the Quran is simple and clear.  (3:138)” Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to the mindful!”  What comes out clearly from the Quran is:

    Faith or belief does not merely mean belief in God and the Hereafter and Muhammad as the messenger of Allah, but complete faith in Allah as the giver of the perfect religion to be followed in the best possible manner. The kafaru are those who do not accept that Allah’s guidance is the only guidance and therefore do not enter into Islam whole-heartedly. They follow their own whims. The degree of kufr varies from a half-hearted acceptance of Allah’s deen to total rejection.

     (6:71) Say “Allah´s guidance is the (only) guidance, and we have been directed to submit ourselves to the Lord of the worlds;”

    (2:208) O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy.

    (7:30) Some He hath guided: Others have (by their choice) deserved the loss of their way; in that they took the evil ones, in preference to Allah, for their friends and protectors, and think that they receive guidance.

    (26:221) Shall I inform you, (O people!), on whom it is that the evil ones descend?(222) They descend on every lying, wicked person,(223) (Into whose ears) they pour hearsay vanities, and most of them are liars.

    (29:38) (Remember also) the ´Ad and the Thamud (people): clearly will appear to you from (the traces) of their buildings (their fate): the Evil One made their deeds alluring to them, and kept them back from the Path, though they were gifted with intelligence and skill.

     (47:25) Those who turn back as apostates after Guidance was clearly shown to them,- the Evil One has instigated them and busied them up with false hopes.(26) This, because they said to those who hate what Allah has revealed, "We will obey you in part of (this) matter"; but Allah knows their (inner) secrets.(27) But how (will it be) when the angels take their souls at death, and smite their faces and their backs?(28) This because they followed that which called forth the Wrath of Allah, and they hated Allah´s good pleasure; so He made their deeds of no effect.

     (2:257) Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. The patrons of the Kafaru are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).

    Taqwa is therefore important to ensure that we do not stray from the straight path. It is only people of Taqwa who will be assuredly admitted to Heaven because it is only these who are at all times mindful of the good pleasure of Allah.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/8/2019 1:31:14 AM

  • Very simplistic arguments are being made in the name of Islam to promote a slavish mentality and to curb freedom of thought.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/5/2019 1:12:24 PM

  • (95:1) By the Fig and the Olive,

    (2) And the Mount of Sinai,

    (3) And this City of security,-

    (4) We have indeed created man in the best of moulds,

    (5) Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low,-

    (6) Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: For they shall have a reward unfailing.

    (7) Then what can, after this, contradict thee, as to the judgment (to come)?

    (8) Is not Allah the wisest of judges?

    Allah swears by the message brought by the prophets through the ages that there are two types of people - those who abase themselves to become the lowest of the low and those who rise above every other creation doing justice to their creation in the best of moulds. 

     Every creation of Allah is born with instincts, desires and lusts. The only creation of Allah that can free itself from its instincts, desires and lusts to become a moral agent is man. This requires belief in Allah and following what Allah’s shows us as righteous conduct.

     However, those who remain slaves of their own lusts, desires and instincts, are the ones who abase themselves below every other creation since man is capable of excesses that no other creation is capable of. Those who free themselves from their desires and lusts and even their instincts to become righteous and espouse a higher purpose, do justice to the mould in which Allah created them. Should Allah then not judge people by what they choose to espouse? Do we still doubt the judgment to come?

     Now who is really free and who is a slave?

     The righteous choose to become the slave of Allah by following every command of Allah and this frees them from their desires, lusts and instincts. They are driven by what is right and not what they desire.

    The rest who remain slaves of their own instincts, desires and lusts lack the freedom to practice righteousness.

     Man is the only creation which can free itself from its instincts and desires to make moral choices which is why Allah says that He has created man in the best of moulds. Man is therefore the only creation which is provided guidance by Allah on righteous conduct and will be judged by Allah on how we act on the guidance provided.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/5/2019 4:11:58 AM

  • Islam should get out of its 7th century Arab self-definition of submission and  mental enslavement. Islam to us should mean enlightenment and freedom.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 6/27/2019 10:07:02 AM

  • The Quran presents evidence and arguments to support:

    1.      1. Belief in Allah with all His attributes as the Creator, Sustainer, Controller, etc.

    2.      2. Negation of any other god besides the One and only God.

    3.      3. His divine plan for the guidance of mankind through the ages and how this has unfolded

    4.      4. His unfailing practice to reward the believers who do good deeds and punish the rejecters of Allah’s deen who practice injustice and oppression.

    5.      5. His absolute control on all creation and granting of limited autonomy to man making him a moral agent capable of making moral choices freely.

    Having made the path of Truth clear from the path of Error, Allah also forbids compulsion in religion. Man is asked to freely choose to follow the deen of Allah. While he is free to follow/not follow or follow selectively, for the supreme success in this life and the Hereafter, Allah informs us that Taqwa is required. Who is a Muttaqi? A Muttaqi is one who chooses to follow all of Allah’s commands in the best possible manner, and scrupulously avoid what Allah forbids. He is a person who has freely, without compulsion, having understood the reality of Allah and His attributes, decided to repose complete faith in Allah and His word in the Quran.

    It has always been beyond man’s capacity to fully understand all of Allah’s commands. Over the thousands of years of practicing Allah’s commands, we know why the things that Allah commands are good and why what Allah forbids are bad but not everything is clear nor does the Quran even attempt to explain every command. For example, the Quran does not explain why eating of pork is forbidden or why marrying into certain persons related by blood is forbidden but not others and why marrying foster mother/siblings is also forbidden but not marrying first cousins.  If we can figure out good reasons for these based on the biological sciences and/or the social sciences well and good, and even if we cannot, we must still obey the commands.

    The meaning of Islam is submission and a Muslim is one who submits completely to Allah without reservation like a slave. The triliteral root ʿayn bā dāl (ب د ع) from which we get words such as abid, mean both worshipper and slave and are used to mean both in the Quran. For example, in verse 2:178, the word clearly means slave “ O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave (wal-ʿabdu)  for the slave (bil-ʿabdi),  .......” There are numerous verses in which the Quran uses the same word for the worshippers of Allah. For example verse 2:186 “And when My slaves (ibādī) ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near........”. A Muslim is therefore one who submits to Allah and is a dutiful slave of Allah.

     The invitation of the Quran is therefore to use your intellect and power of reasoning to accept/reject:

    1.      1. Whether the Allah of the Quran exists

    2.      2. Whether the Quran is the word of Allah

    If the answer to the above two questions is yes, then decide whether you want to be  a Muslim which means a slave of Allah willing to obey all of Allah’s commands in the best possible manner and scrupulously avoid all that He has forbidden.

    Between a Muttaqi Muslim at one end, and an open kafir at the other end, we have in between those who are weak in practice but strong in their convictions and admitting their weakness. These are also Muslims. And then there are the hypocrites who are disdainful of the good Muslims.

    The Quran makes clear what it takes to be considered a Muttaqi.  It is the Muttaqi who is guided by Allah’s light and the others are in varying degrees of darkness. He has done his thinking and decided to become a Muttaqi.  Unlike the hypocrite, he does not have to think each time whether to tell the truth or to lie. He chooses to speak the truth every time and having done so, he no longer needs to re-think on the subject. The hypocrites are reluctant Muslims who need to constantly think whether to act as a Muslim or not. The kafir, the apostates and the hypocrites can only be expected to take digs at the very meaning of Taqwa.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 6/27/2019 2:57:43 AM

  • mr ghulam, I like reading mr naseer’s articles very much.  There is much wisdom in his articles.  I notice that you often comment in very argumentative and disrespectful ways.  However, I often find that some aspects of your comments are also thought provoking. But so we can have our minds in a more rational and expansive and open manner, please minimize the nastiness.   
    By Omer - 6/23/2019 5:06:57 PM

  • Naseer sb. now claims to be the master of original thinking! I have to laugh! He may be using "original" tricks to make unthinking followership official.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 6/19/2019 1:09:04 PM

  • I have defined Taqwa explicitly and it is not as "unthinking followership". GM sb lies. My more than 100 articles are based on original thinking to make the Quran clear to unthinking people like GM sb. The Quran itself says explicitly "let there be no compulsion in religion because the truth is made to stand out clear from error". 

    Have the people given up the path of error because the truth now stands clear from error? No, they haven't and GM sb is one such person. To people who have chosen the path of error, Allah makes the path of error easy until they become "deaf, dumb and blind" to all reason. To them, Taqwa is a bad word.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 6/19/2019 4:08:08 AM

  • Totally Anti Islam
    By Ali Ahmed - 6/19/2019 1:55:33 AM

  • Naseer sb.'s methodology is useless if it makes him define taqwa as unthinking followership.
    Instead of laying excessive stress on obedience we must emphasize our free choice of being righteous and pious.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki - 6/18/2019 12:17:08 PM

  • The following is a beautiful Surah contrasting a person with Taqwa with another without.

    A Muttaqi, by being heedful and devoted to Allah, shows complete faith/trust in Allah.  The one without Taqwa on the other hand considers himself self-sufficient and therefore remains heedless of Allah. Allah guides those with taqwa and they will be the ones who attain complete satisfaction or all that they desire.

    Surah 92 Al-Lail / The Night

    بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا يَغْشَىٰ              

    (1) By the Night as it conceals (the light);

    وَالنَّهَارِ إِذَا تَجَلَّىٰ      

    (2) By the Day as it appears in glory;

    وَمَا خَلَقَ الذَّكَرَ وَالْأُنثَىٰ             

    (3) By (the mystery of) the creation of male and female;-

    إِنَّ سَعْيَكُمْ لَشَتَّىٰ      

    (4) Verily, (the ends) ye strive for are diverse.

    فَأَمَّا مَنْ أَعْطَىٰ وَاتَّقَىٰ

    (5) So he who gives (in charity) and seeks (Allah) (wa-ittaqā),

    وَصَدَّقَ بِالْحُسْنَىٰ     

    (6) And (in all sincerity) testifies to the best,-

    فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ لِلْيُسْرَىٰ     

    (7) We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Bliss.

    وَأَمَّا مَن بَخِلَ وَاسْتَغْنَىٰ            

    (8) But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient,

    وَكَذَّبَ بِالْحُسْنَىٰ      

    (9) And gives the lie to the best,-

    فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ لِلْعُسْرَىٰ    

    (10) We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Misery;

    وَمَا يُغْنِي عَنْهُ مَالُهُ إِذَا تَرَدَّىٰ     

    (11) Nor will his wealth profit him when he falls headlong (into the Pit).

    إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا لَلْهُدَىٰ        

    (12) Verily We take upon Ourselves to guide,

    وَإِنَّ لَنَا لَلْآخِرَةَ وَالْأُولَىٰ             

    (13) And verily unto Us (belong) the End and the Beginning.

    فَأَنذَرْتُكُمْ نَارًا تَلَظَّىٰ   

    (14) Therefore do I warn you of a Fire blazing fiercely;

    لَا يَصْلَاهَا إِلَّا الْأَشْقَى

    (15) None shall reach it but those most unfortunate ones

    الَّذِي كَذَّبَ وَتَوَلَّىٰ   

    (16) Who give the lie to Truth and turn their backs.

    وَسَيُجَنَّبُهَا الْأَتْقَى     

     (17) But those most devoted to Allah (l-atqā) shall be removed far from it,-

    الَّذِي يُؤْتِي مَالَهُ يَتَزَكَّىٰ

    (18) Those who spend their wealth for increase in self-purification,

    وَمَا لِأَحَدٍ عِندَهُ مِن نِّعْمَةٍ تُجْزَىٰ

    (19) And have in their minds no favour from anyone for which a reward is expected in return,

    إِلَّا ابْتِغَاءَ وَجْهِ رَبِّهِ الْأَعْلَىٰ         

    (20) But only the desire to seek for the Countenance of their Lord Most High;

    وَلَسَوْفَ يَرْضَىٰ        

    (21) And soon will they attain (complete) satisfaction.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 6/18/2019 7:23:11 AM