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Time to Rise against Extremist Ideology

By As’ad Abdul Rahman

July 17, 2015

Military force by itself will never eradicate the ‘Takfiri’ movements (those who accuse others of apostasy) that have been causing destruction in their paths and killing those who differ with their self-concocted religious tenet, which has nothing to do with Islam, except the name. Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), which is the toxic waste of Al Qaida, claims it is following Islam by slaughtering without mercy in the name of God. Stripping Al Qaida and Daesh of such claims through the power of the Quran will render their ideology null and void.

A historic document issued by Al Azhar Al Sharif, the most prestigious Sunni Muslim institution, has endorsed the establishment of the civil political state and not the so-called “Islamic State”, thus rendering ‘political Islam’, moderate or extreme, as anti-Quran. Al Azhar based its position on the Quranic science that Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] had followed by establishing the Arab political civil state, deriving his political authority from the Arab civil society, Al Ummah (the people), through a kind of free election or Al Bay’a.

Religious fundamentalism has appointed itself to a religious judgemental position, thus, making its fanatic leaders “partners” with God, the only judge on the Day of Judgement. Priesthood in Islam is forbidden in order to deny any Muslim a religious authority by which he could blaspheme other believers, Muslims or non-Muslims. The Quran gives every human being the free choice “to believe or not to believe”, because “there is no compulsion in religion”, according to one of its holy verses. Militant religious fundamentalism is a self-serving, not God-serving, plague that must end regardless of any religious name it claims.

Enforcement Power

Politicising Islam totally contradicts the edicts of the Quran, simply because it foresees creating an Islamic State with leaders holding two political and religious responsibilities, thus using the law enforcement power of the political state to impose their self-created religious fundamentalism, as we are currently witnessing. In such a case, two acts of shirk (associating partners with God) are being committed, according to the holy Quran: Imposing Islam by the power of the state and judging the faith of people when God is the only Judge, who forbids “compulsion in religion”. Al Azhar Al Sharif’s document endorsing only a civil political state based on the holy Quran should be endorsed by all Muslim scholars to bring an end to the rabid madness of militant fundamentalism generated by the so-called political Islam. One important note in this context is that the United States has followed the example of the Quran by separating the religious authority of the church from the political authority of the state as Islam did by keeping the mosque free of any priesthood with any religious authority.

The loudest noise supported by atrocities is being made by advocates of the Takfiri doctrine. Learning institutions, especially Al Azhar University that is still teaching old curriculum unrelated to Quranic Science that can be found in scientific papers written by Islamic scientists of the past like Ibn Sinan Al Qanawi and Shabistari can never silence the Takfiri retards until it reforms itself by providing teachers well-versed in science. Many Quranic verses will never be understood without knowing physics and chemistry.

Role of the Western State

A human being can never be able to maintain his full dignity while being unskilled, unemployed and unable to earn a living with his own capabilities. Such reforms should also provide for family planning in order to bring an end to unacceptable cases where multiplicity of wives result in children that parents cannot support and are eventually left on the streets to fend for themselves, as witnessed in some Arab and Muslim countries.

Islam and Muslims have often been blamed for generating extremism when the facts point to the role of the western world that had abused the Islamic religion in the 1960s by using political Islam, which is anti-Quranic, to combat Arab nationalism spearheaded at the time by president Jamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt. Western intelligence agencies supported the so called “Islamic jihadists” to defeat Soviet Union in Afghanistan, thus giving birth to Al Qaida and its toxic waste Daesh, which are both knocking on the doors of the western world now.

Another militant state has been energising extremists with its Zionist doctrine and racist-colonial nature. Both Israel and Daesh are two faces of the same coin. Combating Al Qaida and its toxic waste Daesh, while fully supporting the state of Israel to complete its Judaisation of all historical Palestine, is only going to lead to a humongous catastrophe in the Middle East that is bound to engulf the western world as well.

Professor As’ad Abdul Rahman is the chairman of the Palestinian Encyclopaedia.