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Thoughts On Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Article, ‘Islam And Arab Culture’
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam
Thoughts On Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Article, ‘Islam And Arab Culture’
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

Apart from Islam, other religions have also had to face the conflict between the supremacy of the original language, and the need for people to understand what their religion says. The Buddha understood this and therefore, preached in Maghadi, the language in general use in that part of the world, known as Magadh. The holy language of the Hindus was Sanskrit, which few could understand, but Maghadi was intelligible to the general population. ...

Holy Language and its Religious Lasso
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

Unlike the classic Latin and other ancient languages of the Holy Seas which were once sacrosanct, Arabic language has retained its simulated holiness for nation of Muslims for over a millennium.

This religious rope has been firmly in the hands of the owners of the language and now tightly pulled round the nation’s neck. Everything of theirs that is: its culture, norms, apparel, scents, dates, water, its rites, modes of worship and even its geographical location on the planet earth is the focal point of religious Islam.

“Islam”, which is only an Arabic word for what was supposed to be a Code of life for humanity from its first prophet, is no more so, and is now the monopoly of Arabia.

The Universal Code which primarily eradicates all sectional and factional differences in order to unite humanity, is now fully Arabianised.

An erroneous statement cannot be taken to be true even if it is collectively made by all the intellectuals of the subcontinent. Similarly, a true word has to be accepted in any case, even if it is uttered by a single person. As for your saying that Maulana Maududi translated the “al-Nabi al-Ummi” as unlettered, it implies that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was educated, but not as much as Mr. Maududi himself was. One should keep in view that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a successful trader who travelled as far as Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen etc. to promote his trade works. Having noticed his honesty and trustworthiness in his trade affairs, Hazrat Khadija bint Khuwailid proposed to marry him. Success in trade affairs can only be hoped if it is entirely based on writing. And it can be expected from an unlettered man.....

That the Quran is not a book of poetry. Poets use key words in such a fashion that the word can take all or several of its many meanings and yet the verse remains intelligible or the same word is used in a single verse with different meanings. This is a characteristic of poetry. The Quran makes it clear that it is not a book of poetry and therefore it uses words to make the meaning clear and not to confuse or allow different interpretations. The key takeaway here is that one should not interpret the Quran as one would interpret poetry and debate about the different meanings that its verse can take but should take the simple and straightforward meaning communicated by it and as consistent with the rest of the Book…..

"I also remember when Islamic army of Mujahedin captured Kabul, they went to UNO compound, arrested President NAJEEB---a doctor and an extremely gentlemanly  person, hanged him, cut his GENETELIA and put them in his mouth and inserted a Kalashnikov in his rectum, left body hanging for a few days. Please see the photographs on Internet, u tube; it s still there. Mujahedin did the same thing what USA did in Vietnam and Cambodia. So please do not talk about their Islamic system. TALIBAN destroyed Afghanistan, killed hundreds of Muslims, burned girls schools and brought misery to people, the same Taliban has murdered more than 45, 000 Muslims  in Pakistan " -- Shershah Syed, Pakistan

....the phrase ‘Imposing Sharia law’ is idiotic, since what law isn’t imposed? Are there voluntary laws? The reason law is called law, and not ‘guidelines’, is because law is obligatory, whereas guidelines aren’t. By definition, en-forcing the law is an imposition on those who break it!....

Islam is a universal, gender neutral, peaceful, progressive, intellectually effervescent, socially liberal, educationally fervent, intellect driven, democratic and pluralistic religion. But the version of Islam that is being preached round the clock in poplar TV Channels and by countless Ulema and Imams in numerous madrasas around the world is exclusivist, misogynic, violence prone, intellectually frozen, socially repressive and regimented, educationally backward, scientifically retrograde, totalitarian and monolithic. This virtually stifles the advancement of Islamic societies, blocks any reform and reduces Islam to an atavistic cult – the civilisational sediment of a petrified world religion [1], paving the way for yet another form of colonization. Its appropriation of terror as proclaimed by its fanatic ideologues puts into question the integrity of all peace loving Muslims. More dangerously, its militant outfits draw inspiration from their ideological mentors, notably Ibn-e-Taimiya and his followers as well as some verses of the Qur’an and Hadith accounts in stark denial of historical relativism thereby associating Islam with terrorism. Hence, the present version of theology-dominated Islam must be resisted.

The birth of Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) is a great blessing for us and his death is very saddening for us too, however Shariah has ordered us to rejoice and thank Allah on blessings, whereas on calamity it has taught us to have patience while hiding it, this is why Shariah has told us to do Aqiqa on birth which is a form of being happy and thankful to Allah for giving us birth, but on death there is no concept of sacrificing an animal and even lamenting is forbidden. Hence in light of rulings prescribed by Shariah one should rejoice in Rabi ul Awwal on birth of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) [Husn al-Maqsad fi Amal al-Mawlid Page No. 54-55] ......

The word “Allah” was used in Arabia even before Islam. Islam only adopted this word, and did not invent this word. This word was prevalent among the idol-worshipers of pre-Islamic Mecca. The Quran itself certifies this fact, as the following Quranic verse indicates: “If you ask them who it is that has created the heavens and the earth and subjugated the sun and the moon, they will certainly say, ‘Allah.’” (29:61)...

Muslim theologians have a way of explaining the inconsistencies of the Quran. They have a rule for interpretation called, “Abrogation.” Whenever verses are in contradiction, the chronology of the verses determines their significance and proper interpretation. Later verses abrogate (cancel or supersede) earlier contradictory verses.

This creates an enormous problem for those in the West who insist on believing Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Almost all the peace and tolerance verses of the Quran come from the earlier period of Allah’s alleged revelation to Muhammad in Mecca, when the Prophet still hoped to convince the Christian and Jewish minorities in Arabia of the compatibility of the new revelations with their faith. But what Muhammad knew of Christian and Jewish Scripture was not extensive, often quite distorted, and usually heretical. The verses of fire, sword, destruction, and oppressive subjugation for those who do not convert to Islam come from the later period in Medina, when Muhammad’s efforts to convince the Jews and Christians to follow him as the final and authoritative Prophet of God had failed....

Candidly speaking, I was dumbfounded to read the comments of so many pertaining to Maulana Wahiddudin’s article titled, “Muslim Separatism is Un-Islamic. The spirit of Maulana’s message was to enlighten us about how the Muslims of modern days have drifted towards “Identity Conscious” ways of living which has helped to trigger the defeatist mentality. Maulana Saheb has correctly pointed out that such an unnatural identity-consciousness has produced “ghetto country, colony, institutions and society.

 I say “GHETTO THINKING” is what we the Muslims are skilfully applying in many of the Islamic forums across the world. This particular on-going discourse on New Age Islam has pretty much gone out of context. Muslim minds are now very deeply entrenched into focusing only on the categorised versions of Hadiths: The Sahih or Genuine; the Hasan or the Fair; and the Da’if or the Weak.

Salafism has to be acknowledged as a phenomenon, which propagates an extreme version of Islam with cultish aspects. Anybody who wants to combat Salafism in Germany has to grapple with it critically and differentiate it from Islam. Unfortunately many Muslim organisations shy away from this, as they are fearful of being tainted by association. Yet many still harbour admiration for Salafists as they consider them to be truly devout Muslims. Right-wing populists are bent on implementing expulsion policies. On the left, there is a clear tendency to shy away from conflict and attribute the phenomenon of radicalised Muslims to discrimination in society.

To debate Salafism, one has to discuss the values and strengths of democracy. It has to be done without anxiety, judgment or taboos and must be undertaken within Muslim communities. There is a need for a re-interpretation of Islam, which accepts democracy and has clear positions with respect to a country’s constitution. Only via this route can Muslims find freedom of interpretation in Islam and democracy....

 

Stratification of religions is a futile exercise. No single religion has a monopoly over violence. Violence has no religion. When you don't miss a chance to dump on Islam and Islamists as somehow more homicidal, you shouldn't be surprised of being labelled Islamophobe. When you walk like a duck.......

On 4 May 2013, at 18:26, Syed Asghar Huda wrote:

A German's View on Islam - worth reading. This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.

 A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

In the course of a discussion on the subject of Jihadism, on another thread, I had asked a regular contributor: "Do you consider Islam a political, fascist, totalitarian ideology or a spiritual faith that accepts not only myriad interpretations of Islam but also other faiths and calls them all Islam?”

The person concerned did not reply despite repeated reminders. But Mr. Ghulam Mohiyuddin responded, thus helping our discussion go forward, though in a different though related and important direction.

I am bringing it on a new thread now to facilitate further discussion in a more pointed manner....

The method these prophets taught was prayer and hymn. They taught men and women to call out to God at every instant of their lives, over and above the specific times of prayer and worship. The prophets taught everyone to look into the mechanisms of one’s ego. The application of this simple reflective technique would reveal the beauty of God....

 
Does Islam Promote Violence?
Khama Bagosh Madzallah, New Age Islam
Does Islam Promote Violence?
Khama Bagosh Madzallah, New Age Islam

Although the Prophet of Islam issued explicit orders in many fights to not to harm children, women and elderly persons but in some traditions a conditional authorization is there, like in Muslim Sharif, Bab-ul-Jihad narration no 4457 it is said; “those children should not be killed about whom it is not known what they would become in future”. The traditions allowing killing of children and women during night assaults can also be found. A lot of repugnant material in the Islamic history can be found about this topic especially after conquer of Mecca, where in some cases this act is permitted and sometimes not....

Would Islam Ever Dominate The Current World?
Khama Bagosh Madzala, New Age Islam
Would Islam Ever Dominate The Current World?
Khama Bagosh Madzala, New Age Islam

If you question any firm believer whether Muslim, Sikh, And Hindu or a believer from their self declared minority, the abrupt answer would be: “All except me would go to Hell…”, only being chosen to travel the right path by the creator of the universe is me and upbeat is my destiny. The person suffocating - living with societal backwardness would be narrower minded towards others, the more detailed knowledge of the beliefs would result in more disrespect for other’s beliefs.
I have a good memory of my incidental stay in a city like town of Akura Khatak on my way to Peshawar from Islamabad. My host stressed me to visit the seminary “Madrassa Haqania” (in 1996), which is the theological home of most of the members of the Taliban cabinet. My host was highly emotional as we entered the great the building. He told me that the principal of this school Moulana Sami-ul-Haq was the teacher of the Afghan rulers and his father “Moulana Abdul-Haq” defeated late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the elections. I knew Moulana Sami-ul-Haq since I had been an active journalist. I suggested that we should meet Moulana, if possible. My host agreed and after some time we found ourselves waiting in the lounge for guests adjacent to Moulana’s room. …

To evaluate a religion, we need to distinguish the three great human needs religions typically claim to satisfy: love, understanding, and knowledge.  Doing so lets us appreciate religious love and understanding, even if we remain agnostic regarding religious knowledge.  (For those with concerns about talking of knowledge here:  I’m using “knowledge” to mean believing, with appropriate justification, what is true....

 

Dear Naseer Saheb,

This dialogue has taken a rather serious turn in a somewhat different direction with wider implications. I am, therefore, taking it to the home page for a wider participation of our readers.

Religion may have nothing to do with terrorism in our view. But when terrorists put out manifestos (you have read Osama bin Laden’s letter to America, now on the site) and publish magazines (look at Nawa-e-Afghan Jehad, for instance, and many others) which shout from rooftops that their inspiration for terrorism for the sake of world domination is their religion, Islam, and Islam is our religion as well and I don’t think that my religion teaches terrorism, then I do have to protest. I do have to point out that though these people are indeed part of my religion, they are a small group called Wahhabis or Salafis and they all come from only one set of madrasas, Deobandis, which were founded over a century ago with similar intentions of “fighting the infidel.” ...

Before you go further reading this comment, please go to http://nawaiafghan.blogspot.in/  Find a recent issue, say July 2012.  The cover Story screams “Shariat ya Shahadat” (Islamic code of life called Shariah or Martyrdom). It asks Muslims to choose between the two. There is no third choice: either establish Islamic Sharia in the world or gain martyrdom.  And, I am sure you know that many Muslims around the world including those living in and enjoying the munificence of the West have made this choice in favour of Martyrdom in the pursuit of establishing Shariah.

In this issue alone you will come across articles like: Sahaba-e-Karam rizwan alaihum ka shauq-e-Shadat (how the companions of Prophet Mohammad saw loved martyrdom) by Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadwi Rahmatullah Alaih, How companions died for the Prophet by Hafiz Ibnul Imam, My Days With Shaikh Osama bin Laden Rahmatullah Alaih, (a tribute  to the late terrorist-in-chief ) by Shaikh Dr. Aiman Al-Zawahiri madzillahu, A call for action to my brothers in the land of revelation and Islam – Saudi Arabia – by Shaikh Dr. Aiman Al-Zawahiri madzillahu, Woh haalatein ke jin mein kuffar kea am logon ka qatl jayez hota hai (Situations that religiously justify killing common people among infidels by Shaikh Yusuf al-Abeeri Rahmatullah Alaih Ta’a’la, Jihad fi sabeelillah aur uska maqsad (Jihad in the way of God and  its objective) by Maulana Manzoor Ahmad Nomani Rahmatullah Alaih, In praise of martyrdom by Muhsin-e-Ummat Shaikh Osama bin Laden Rahmatullah Alaih , Wana Operation ke bare mein Lal Masjid ke fatwa par Pakistani ulema ka ittefaq (All Pakistani ulema agree on the fatwa given by Mullahs of Islamabad’s Red mosque denouncing Pakistan’s political, bureaucratic and military leadership for their WANA operation), the criminals of Jamia Hafsa by Silsabeel Mujahid, Why we reject the United Nations way of life and accept Allah’s way of life by Abdul Aziz al-Jaleel and so on. ...

Making Islamic Sense of Free Speech
Harris Zafar
Making Islamic Sense of Free Speech
Harris Zafar

The difference between Islam’s view on free speech and the view promoted by free speech advocates these days is the intention and ultimate goal each seeks to promote.  Whereas many secularists champion individual privileges, Islam promotes the principle of uniting mankind and cultivating love and understanding among people.  Both endorse freedom for people to express themselves, but Islam promotes unity….

“It’s symptomatic of a bigger problem in the Muslim world where people representing practical Muslims have to be seen to be more literalist,” he said. “It’s almost like there’s an intellectual mafia movement who won’t allow any freedom of thought.”

Usman Siddiqui, president of Imperial’s Islamic student society, insisted that they were unable to co-host the event for “logistical reasons” rather than ideological ones.

… The row is informative because it illustrates some of the controversies currently occupying the Muslim world about the compatibility of science and whether critical thinking is being closed down by more literalist schools of thought.

Muslims believe the Qur’an is the indisputable word of God and therefore any scientific discovery which risks proving something within their holy book as incorrect is highly controversial, particularly among the more literalist schools of thought.

For example, most Muslim scholars have long accepted scientifically proven cosmology but even up until his death in 1999, Sheikh Ibn Baaz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, continued to insist that the Sun revolved around the Earth based on his interpretation of Islamic texts. Until recently evolution caused little friction with the majority of Muslim jurists and academics broadly accepting Darwin’s findings – albeit in a theistic sense. But in recent years creationism – much of it inspired by similar Christian right movements in the United States – has begun to receive wider acceptance.

Pakistani scholars were unanimous in their observation that instead of doing away with sects and groups, it would be more important to make efforts to do away with the interference of politics in the matters of faith and people should learn to live peacefully with other religious groups. The participants in the discussion included: eminent historian and researcher Dr Mubarak Ali and Islamic scholars Javed Ahmad Ghamdi and Muntazar Abbas Naqvi. Mr Ghamdi lamented that as a nation, Pakistanis did not play their role....

I wish to thank Dr Duderija for the extend book review of my two books and hence for providing an occasion to correct some of his misunderstandings of my approach to identity and „fundamentalism‟. This brings him to represent me as saying things which I never said, as any reader of both books may observe. I provide below, because of space considerations, only a few examples. Dr Duderija has for instance stated: „In the words of the author “It is what I feel I am that determines my identity for me”…

 

I believe this to be heuristically and methodologically sound especially since, let me emphasise this point again, I am not questioning the correctness or the validity of Professor Marranci‟s overall thesis (again I am not sufficiently well read in the area). As a matter of fact I find it rather convincing in general terms. My reflections were meant to be more an argument for further fine-tuning of Professor Marranci‟s theory, especially in relation to awarding more importance to the question of Islamic hermeneutics in it....

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