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Interfaith Dialogue (12 Nov 2018 NewAgeIslam.Com)


Encourage the Prophetic Models of Peaceful Coexistence

 

 

By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

12 November 2018

Muslim clerics are required to clarify the universal message of Islam and the Prophetic models which encourage peaceful coexistence with all communities. They are required to do so in the best way both in words and actions, in order to curb the rising hatred and disorder [Fasad] in the land. Based on the established major maxims of Islamic jurisprudence supported by the Quran and Sunnah, as they learn in their Islamic seminaries, they should step to the fore and help the multi-cultural society live with positive mindset. 

The role model that Muslims must follow for developing coexistence is the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as God Almighty says about him in the Quran “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often”. (33:21)

Historically analyzing we find that the beloved Prophet has left Muslims with four significant models of developing coexistence with non-Muslims whether they live in minority or majority, in or out of Islamic country. We find the first model in the Makki period where patience and coexistence were characterized as the major rules of conduct. The model of Abyssinia is the second model where loyalty was the dominant value. The third model can be seen in the first stage of Medinian period which featured pluralism and peaceful coexistence. The fourth exemplary model is the second stage of Medinian period where justice and intellectual insight were striking features of this model.    

These four models are completely ignored in the methodology adopted by the extremist think-tank living in our modern time. Strange as it is that these extremist mindsets take refuge in Non-Muslim countries and enjoy protection, yet they repeatedly stick to using ill words directing to the original natives of such countries. Such extremists make much negative speech and persistently express their hatred and bigotry towards them for not being Muslims. This is the main reason that incites negative feelings of hate, prejudice and bigotry against Muslims and Islam.

Such extremists are actually working against the Quran which asks to follow in the footsteps of the beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), as God Almighty says, “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often”. (33:21). This Quranic verse teaches to follow the Prophetic models but sadly enough, the extremists who claim to follow the Quran do not follow the four main models of the beloved Prophet as discussed above.

It is also important for the Muslim clerics and scholars to tell their followers that after the Prophet (peace be upon him) migrated to Medinah, the Muslims not only achieved religious freedom but also ensured that freedom and security for all Medinian communities including Muslims, Jews, Hypocrites and Pagans. They must keep in their mind that the beloved Prophet established what is popularly known as the Meethaq-e-Madina (the Constitution of Medinah). This Constitution focused mainly on four principles; 1) peaceful and secure environment for all regardless of religion, caste, culture etc, 2) protection of religious freedom for all communities, 3) equal opportunity for public participation in the spheres of economy, military and politics, and 4) an affirmation of individual responsibility. This inspired the groundwork for a “social contract” comprising a commitment to equal treatment to all the Medinian citizens. 

A regular Columnist with NewAgeIslam.com, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background and English-Arabic-Urdu Translator.

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   69


  • I do not have any fixed strategy. The end result of hat Prof. Moosa says and what I say would be the same. 

    Can you show me where I said, "The 

    Q   Quran is for compulsion in religion

    2.     Kafir means non-Muslim

    3.     The Quran is misogynistic

    4.     The Quran is exclusive.

    5.     The Quran is for a perpetual war against the non-Muslims." If you want to quote me, please use my exact words. Your attempt to summarize my comments is very misleading. Let us not play such tricks with each other.




    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/12/2018 12:50:59 AM



  • Naseer Ahmad Sahab, Assalam alaikum, 
    Please answer this question. I need it. 
    "Did Akbar become so secular because it was best for expansion of his kingdom?"

    By Kaniz Fatma - 12/12/2018 12:46:38 AM



  • Why do you quote Prof Moosa when your strategy is different from his? You want to leave the Quran aside and even insist and maintain that:

     

    1.     The Quran is for compulsion in religion

    2.     Kafir means non-Muslim

    3.     The Quran is misogynistic

    4.     The Quran is exclusive.

    5.     The Quran is for a perpetual war against the non-Muslims

    And say that the “Progressive Muslims nevertheless reject all of that and are for charting their own path keeping the Quran aside”. You want to declare the Quran irrelevant for present times not to be taken seriously. In simple language, you are an apostate, but you lack the integrity to openly make known your intentions. You are an apostate calling upon other Muslims also to apostatise but also a hypocrite who does not want to be open about it. Now you will cry “abuse” saying I called you an apostate and a hypocrite, but telling the truth is never abuse.

     

    No wonder you do not like my articles because these prove how wrong you are.


    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/11/2018 10:56:07 PM



  • Naseer sb.,

    Let me put it this way: let us redouble our efforts to respect the dignity of others irrespective of their faith or gender, to treat women as equals in rights and status, to extend religious freedom by not threatening others with dire consequences in the after-life and by decriminalizing  apostasy and by respecting the belief systems of others as much as we respect our own.

    Since the Quran can be quoted to support as well as to oppose those principles, let us assert that we, as progressive Muslims and as believers in the spirit of the Quran, are committed to those principles.

    We do not have to change anything in the Quran. We can focus on the verses that have eternal value and treat the others with inattention. What you say or do not say is not important. Let us talk of principles that we as progressive Muslims endorse and would like advanced.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/11/2018 1:05:29 PM



  • What GM sb is saying in effect is that irrespective of what I have said, he believes that the Quran:

    1. Uses undignified terms such as Kafir for other people

    2. Says that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man

    3. Is for compulsion in religion

    4. Is not inclusive and excludes all other faiths.

    He quotes Moosa as follows:

    Moosa asserts that progressive Islam doesn't mean changing the Quran or changing Hadith, but is instead about having alternative methodological approaches that are going to allow us to find different kinds of answers from tradition, and answers that will be much more amenable to our experiences and our way of life, be much more equitable.

     

    Using the methodology outlined by Prof Moosa, can GM sb show us how without changing the Quran or the Hadith, he will:

    1. Remove the word kafir from the Quran without changing the Quran

    2. Show that it does not say a woman’s testimony equals half that of a man while disagreeing with me simultaneously when I say the same thing.

    3. Show that the Quran never allows/allowed  compulsion in religion while disagreeing with me when I say so.

    4. Show that Islam is inclusive of all other faiths while disagreeing with me when I say so


    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/11/2018 1:38:03 AM



  • What GM sb is saying in effect is that irrespective of what I have said, he believes that the Quran:

    1. Uses undignified terms such as Kafir for other people

    2. Says that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man

    3. Is for compulsion in religion

    4. Is not inclusive and excludes all other faiths.

    He quotes Moosa as follows:

    Moosa asserts that progressive Islam doesn't mean changing the Quran or changing Hadith, but is instead about having alternative methodological approaches that are going to allow us to find different kinds of answers from tradition, and answers that will be much more amenable to our experiences and our way of life, be much more equitable.

     

    Using the methodology outlined by Prof Moosa, can GM sb show us how without changing the Quran or the Hadith, he will:

    1. Remove the word kafir from the Quran without changing the Quran

    2. Show that it does not say a woman’s testimony equals half that of a man while disagreeing with me simultaneously when I say the same thing.

    3. Show that the Quran never allows/allowed  compulsion in religion while disagreeing with me when I say so.

    4. Show that Islam is inclusive of all other faiths while disagreeing with me when I say so


    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/11/2018 1:37:52 AM



  • Naseer sb.,

    The position of progressive Muslims on the questions you ask is, as far as I understand it,  as follows:

    (1) Words like kafir are very undignified and we should not use them for anyone.

    (2) The idea that a woman's testimony is worth only one half of man's testimony is abominable and should be discarded.

    (3) All compulsion and coercion in matters of religion must be discarded.

    (4) Islam should be free of supremacist ideas. When you said God protects the Quran from contamination but does not provide the same protection to the Bible, you were being a supremacist.

    I hope I have made it simple enough for you.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/11/2018 12:50:17 AM



  • Hats Off's is stuck with jizya and sex slavery, things that progressive Muslims like Prof. Moosa and I have never supported. We do support human dignity as an important part of Islam. If Hats Off has any problem with supporting human dignity, let him say so.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/11/2018 12:38:52 AM



  • So, what are you and prof Moosa trying to prove with your "interpretations"?

    1. That Kafir means non-Muslim?
    2. A woman's testimony is worth half that of a man?
    3. There is compulsion in religion?
    4. Islam is the only true religion and all others are false?

    Is that what you are trying to achieve?


    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/10/2018 9:57:12 PM



  • if human dignity were at the core of islam then why jizya and sex slavery and polygamy?
    By hats off! - 12/10/2018 4:27:57 PM



  • The "clear meaning" is only in Naseer sb.'s mind and it has been refuted often enough already in these discussions.

    Naseer sb. has already been proven wrong (although he does not know it) in his explanations of  Kafirin , a woman’s testimony, no compulsion in religion, the inclusiveness of the deen of Islam  etc. 

    My only comment on kafirin has consistently been that the word should  not be used and should be made obsolete.



    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/10/2018 11:00:42 AM



  • “Human dignity is at the core of all Islam's messages. And if knowledge does not deliver on human dignity, then that knowledge really is questionable. So those kinds of interpretations of the past that talked about non-Muslims in a particular way, that talked about women in a particular way, are no longer dignified. That has to change.

     

    Give up your interpretations and take the correct meanings and it changes automatically. If you take the correct meaning, the non-Muslims are no longer the Kafirin (GM sb has however vociferously disagreed in the past and insisted that they are the kafirin. He is the one who is against human dignity), a woman’s testimony is not half that of a man, there is no compulsion in religion is an absolute law, the deen of Islam comprises other religions as well, ….……..


    So, where is the problem? The problem is with your interpretations.


    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/10/2018 1:19:56 AM



  • Religion is not plasticine that can be shaped any which way as one pleases. It is what it is and made clear by Allah. It suits people like GM sb, prof Moosa and many of the Islamic scholars to ignore the clear meaning and keep playing around with “interpretations”.

    If I am wrong, it is easy to prove that. One only must come up with a better alternate interpretation and defend it against what I have said. If they cannot come up with an alternative interpretation that stands the test of authenticity and conformity with the rest of the Quran better, then I have succeeded in extracting the correct clear meaning. You have more than hundred articles to try to prove me wrong. So, stop shadow boxing and get real or keep quiet.


    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/10/2018 1:08:03 AM



  • Naseer sb. insists that his interpretation is the only correct interpretation but claim that it is not interpretation at all but the exact meaning of the verse, perhaps told to him by God Himself!

    When he does not understand what Prof. Moosa or I are saying, he resorts to his usual tafriki tricks.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/10/2018 12:38:18 AM



  • Honesty requires not having to go beyond and outside of the Quran. If the Quran can stand up on its own and make sense to Prof Moosa and GM, they should accept it, else they should reject it. There is no point in fooling around and going about in circles neither believing nor rejecting and mouthing meaningless nonsense.

     

    By Naseer Ahmed - 12/9/2018 10:11:15 PM



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