The idea of a free media is one that we at NewAgeIslam.com hold in the highest regard. We believe in bringing our site visitors, readers and audio listeners or video viewers the widest possible array of information that comes to our notice in regard to the trials and tribulations of the Muslim community all over the world in their bid to adapt to the fast-changing circumstances of the Twenty-first century and anything else that we deem my be of interest to or necessary for our readers and viewers. We trust our worldwide readership and audience, and believe them to be fully-capable of making their own decisions and discerning their own realities, regardless of our editors’ or contributors’ interventions on one side of a certain argument or the other. We want Muslims to recognise while holding any discussion that two-thirds of humanity, at lest, does not agree with us, in fact most Muslims themselves hold very different opinions from other Muslims and subscribe to different schools of thoughts in interpreting their scriptures and in their responses to current word events. Clearly there is no point in considering one’s own view as final and applicable to the entire Muslim community, even to one’s own sect or sub-sect, or more vainly, all humanity.
Is there something we can do about it? Perhaps, not much! It is too gigantic a task for us to undertake with our meagre resources. But do we have the option to do nothing, just stand and stare? We dont think so. There is a large body of Muslims all over the world that we know feels more or less the same way as we do. The internet gives us a facility: we can try and bring many such people together either on one platform or at least link many of the individual platforms of like-minded people that already exist.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve (Hawwa), an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white - EXCEPT BY PIETY AND GOOD ACTION Do not therefore do injustice to yourselves. Remember one day you will meet Allah and answer your deeds. So beware: do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
Kaabe mein butkade mein hai yeksan teri zia Mein imtiaze dairo haram mein phansa raha
(The divine light equally illuminates the Kaaba and the house of idols (temple), but woe to me that I remained obsessed with the differences and distinctions between the two)
"I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was man.
Why should I fear?
When was I less by dying?
Yet Once more I shall die as Man,
To soar with angels blest;
But even from angelhood I must pass on.
After that, soaring higher than angels,
What you cannot imagine I shall be that."
Another great mystic Mansur al-Hallaj, famous for his formulation, Anal Haq (I am The Truth: Aham Brahmo Asmi) wrote:
Like the herbage I have sprung up many a time On the banks of flowing rivers. For a hundred thousand years I have lived and worked In every sort of body."
And Read Rumi again:
There's a strange frenzy in my head, Of birds flying, Each particle circulating on its own! Is the one I love everywhere? (The Essential Rumi, p. 4)
Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God, God is in the look of your eyes, in the thought of looking, nearer to you than yourself, or things that have happened to you. There's no need to go outside. Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. (The Essential Rumi, p. 13)
What do we mean by saying that God is not in heaven? We do not mean that He is not in heaven, but that heaven cannot encompass Him. He encompasses heaven. He has an ineffable connection with heaven just as He has an ineffable connection with you. Everything is in His omnipotent hands; everything is a manifestation of Him and subject to His control. So, He is not outside the heavens and the universe but is not totally inside them either, that is, they do not encompass Him but He encompasses them totally. Someone asked where God was before the earth, skies, and Divine Throne existed. We said that the question was invalid from the outset because God is by definition that which has no place.
(Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi, p. 221)
Having inherited such grand thoughts and such broadmindedness, such concern for pluralism and equality of mankind, all its races and nationalities, Justice for all, concern for rights of not only all humans but also animals and plants, it seems strange today for a Muslim to be equated with the likes of Osama bin laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri who do not mind destroying the image of Islam as a religion of peace and submission to God and killing even Muslims, not to speak of other innocent human beings for the sake of furthering their own political ambitions and satisfying their own urges for vengeance against the authorities that may have hurt them some time in the past in some way. In todays world where misunderstandings about Islam abound, we just have to try and bring the focus back on the essential concepts in Islamic thought peace, contempt for aggression, submission to God and acceptance of all situations as having come from God, prayer, mercy, forgiveness as a cure for all spiritual and physical ills, reason, the spirit of inquiry, social justice and individual responsibility.