Islamic theology is not something like the Reformation in Christianity.
Reformation has nothing to do with the Old Testament or New Testament versus.
It was mostly about Pope’s authority, his infallibility, and undue importance
given to Mary etc.
Islamic theology means embarking
on a difficult task of dealing with the several ambiguities in the Qur’an, a
topic that has caused many disputes, sometimes peaceful, while others quite
violent, especially when Islamic scholars believe that the Qur’an dictated by
Heaven and delivered by Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad.
interpretation of the Qur’an adopted by the Salafist and Fundamentalist
movements turns Islam into a religion that legitimizes terrorism and violence.
What the scholars can
offer is to consider the Qur’an as a foundation for a strictly religious life,
whose ultimate goal is to bring about comfort and peace to a believer’s soul! Just
as Christianity or Hinduism does. This would shield Quran from being employed
as a political and ideological tool that quite often, has led to hatred,
oppression, and serious conflicts among Muslims.
If at all rethinking of
Islamic theology is to take place first it has to be proved that the text of
the Qur’an was formulated and redacted by the Prophet, and accomplished within
the context of his culture, language, personality, and time. Thus the Qur’an
is, in a sense, a human text par excellence!
Finally, for many
non-Muslims, it appears that Prophet Muhammad’s original mission was to
announce and defend the Oneness of Allah. He hardly dealt with the doctrine of
Who is Allah? What
Allah wants from his people? Whom Allah welcomes to heavenly abode? Will Shias
go to heaven? Will the Sufis go to heaven? Can the Sunnis tell Allah in heaven “I
hate Ahmadis, I hate Shias, I hate Sufis, I will not talk to them or deal with
I always think
the scholars should start rethinking of Islamic ideology with these questions