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Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam (02 Aug 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Regarding the point number 1, I think it's a very good think to discuss the wisdom of some Islamic punishments you've mentioned in the first point. Otherwise, any ignorant reader would come to think that Islam is barbaric!!

    In addition, it's nice to point out that crime such as honor killing that done by Muslims, or some habits as full veil.... have no relevance to the teachings of Islam!

    As for the points number 3 and 5:

    Do you believe in such hadiths/narrations just because they were narrated in what YOU consider the most authentic book after the holy Qur'an? If so, then, I have some more thing to ask you later..........

    By Answer me! - 3/7/2013 5:12:05 PM

  • Dear Ashok Sharma, I as a Muslim am not supposed to decry those who believe in more than One God or a multiplicity of God or no God as long as they offer me peace (Qur'an 4:94, 6:108). I as a Muslim am required to believe that every human being is inspired by the Spirit of God (15:29, 32:7-9, 38:72). In the context of the revelation the Qur'an  unequivocally condemned idol worship and association of others with God as it connected the prevalent vices it came to eradicate with paganism. Even otherwise God is demanding of praise and glories, and I as a mortal cannot defend or answer on His behalf.  But it is for Him to judge all humanity - not for me or any Muslim for that matter. I am required to live with all humanity in peace and harmony. I can only say that I come of a very devout Muslim family - my late dad (died in 1978) had a pronounced mark of prayer on his forehead. But he never uttered one word against the Hindus or people of other faiths. The entire focus was inwards - not outwards.
    As for the Muslims' ignorance of the Qur'anic message kindly glance through my following article:
    The Muslims’ ignorance /disregard of the Qur’anic guidance and its Colossal and Recurring Cost.
    Poet Iqbal said this about the Muslims:
     “The petal of a flower may pierce through the heart of a rock – but the Noble Word has no effect on the ignorant.” – Muhammad Iqbal, bale jibrail, preamble
    By muhammad yunus (1) - 8/22/2012 8:29:04 PM

  • Mr. Md. Yunus(1), thanks for your comments. However, if somebody believes in more than one God, why do you decry him. After all, no one has a proof that there is one God, many Gods or, no God at all. It is my word against your word and a mere tautology. Why do you decry the people not believing in such cooked up stories (right or, wrong) and who gives the license to the so-called faithfuls to condemn those who do not believe in these unproven concepts. Why does one presume that everybody must believe in one God (or, their Gods) and why do such people want to impose their ideas on others by brute force ? Especially, in Islamic countries, people with free thinking and reason are being persecuted which is not a civilised behaviour.
    By Ashok Sharma - 8/22/2012 12:46:37 PM

  • Dear Ashok Sharma. , There are two ways to answer your question.
    1. What Mr. Raihan Nizami said is just the opposite of what happens as you and the world knows.
    2. What he must have meant of course is that Islam a faith leaves human to chose his faith. am
    I am supposed to say the glass is half full rather than half empty.
    I wish you read my following article that expounds the universal notion of din al Islam that accommodates all monotheistic religions under its umbrella.
    The bottom line of the article drawn entirely on the Qur'an: a good muslim (generic sense) is a believer in God - regardless of religion, race, cast, creed or affiliation with a spiritual fraternity, who is active in good deeds, is conscious of his social, moral and ethical responsibilities and preserves against all that is gross, immoral and unjust
    By muhammad yunus (1) - 8/22/2012 8:59:27 AM

  • Where are the Muslims who keep parroting "Islam is fastest growing religion in west"?
    If  jews, Christians, Hindus, Sabian and other believers can receive Allah's blessings in afterlife, why it is so serious matter. After all they are still believers in God. They are not becoming atheists. God and Allah same. Same divine msg is running through all scriptures. It is as per Quran no hadith involved.
    They may be recoded as Muslims in God's register. Jesus is most remembered prophet in Quran. He is the Aya of Allah. So what if they will start believing in Jesus.
    confused again?? It is your destiny to remain in confusion my dear yunus(2). Believers are happier than doubters.
    Be a believer and forget everything.
    By mohd yunus - 8/19/2012 4:48:06 AM

  • Islam is simple and beautiful in its entirety but many muslims who claim to be practising muslim fail to see and practice islam it its entirety. Please separate between your ethnic culture and tradition and the teaching of Islam. Many ugly points mentioned in the article which are associated to Islam really has nothing to do with the teaching of Islam. They are most the tradition, misconception and misuse of context of the verses or teaching. Noted also many non-muslim educated and professionals come to Islam and on the contrary ignorant, non educated, are the majority who easily fall into the trap of the christian preachers.

    By Jamaluddin - 8/4/2012 9:18:49 PM

  • I was a bit unnerved on seeing the compliments of a scholar like Janab Muhammad Yunus saheb,  because evidently nobody can see more clearly the fault lines of a person than the person himself. I submit that my exposure to Islam is only through  the Muslim muashra I was born in, and that way I am no scholar of Islam, and perhaps for this reason my humble plea would be not to ignore ‘the best’ of our existing muashra (In my views, ‘muashra’  is a sum total of our family and social life where the right nuances of our ideological moorings find a practical expression in conjunction with our other ideas and practices. It is a package which contains warts and all), as WE go on to build up new thoughts by rationally and COLLECTIVELY drawing principles of guidance from the holy Quran and Prophet’s Sunnah. This is going to be a long haul even as we have travelled quite a distance in a short time on the portal of New Age Islam.
    It is heartening to see that people are engaged with the subject matter. The analysis done by Janab Muhammad Yunus Sb is painstaking  and exhaustive, and should be a focus of introspection for all of us and should further lead us to actions that can circumvent the causes. We cannot wind up the whole question in one go. We need to engage with the issue again and again and again,  without any sense of shame or guilt. It is our birthright to protect our identity – we will do what all is needed to do, the prime move being to discuss and to trace causes and to find remedies for appropriate actions at appropriate levels. This process must engage us continuously.
    As my individual contribution, I would like to reiterate as under, the distant goals (ideals) for the community as a whole for each of us Muslims to understand (Can I expect some improvement or refinement of the list of goals?):
    [[Monotheism of Islam; majesty of God; piousness of prophet and leadership; loving discourse within Islam (accepting all sects as nearby points around the true pole of Islam, and conceding, Truth is humanly impossible to reach); loving discourse with those individuals, families and communities who are willing seekers of Truth; maintaining neutrality and co-existence with detractors of Islam; defending Islam from the violators of neutrality; pursuing excellence in knowledge  of science and engineering while excluding areas destructive to life property and ecology; pursuing excellence in arts and sports while also protecting woman from bodily exploitation; achieving dignity of relationship between man and man and between man and woman; pursing commerce with a human face; and finally organizing the Muslim ‘muashra’ around these core values.]]
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/4/2012 12:20:45 AM

  • People can easily get confused when they are presented with erronous but concrete evidence of a situation. A priest friend of mine was killed in the Northern Part of Nigeria some years ago by some muslim fanatics. They plucked his two eyes, cut his tongue and hung him for not saying Allahukubar when they attacked his house. Boko Haram is unleaching mayhem on Nigerian Christians and the claim is that all Nigerians must be Muslim. The act of violence found in this religion of peace would make any reasonable adherent question it.

    By couragenigeria - 8/3/2012 11:14:36 AM

  • Mohammed Yunus has really excelled himself. He has outlined all that ails Islam today.
    I have always heard that Iblees will mislead the Muslims and take them away from Islam. Maybe this is what happened in the early days of Islam, when it was propagated that the Quran is too difficult for ordinary Muslims to understand, so the Hadith is necessary.

    By Asif Merchant - 8/3/2012 7:59:08 AM

  • Humans are humane and they need that kind of treatment. We trust, love, respect and follow those who help us in tough times. Any rational person will feel bad about his religion when his religion says to kill all those who do not believe in that religion.
    By Aiman Reyaz - 8/2/2012 9:02:40 PM

  • This is a much more relevant and sensible approach to a growing problem compared to some clerical views we have heard. Those who make Islam a parochial or cult-like faith have no business being our religious leaders. It is a universal faith in complete harmony with other universal faiths. However when we read headlines like, "Mali: Sharia Imposed In Timbuktu, Muslims Demolish Churches, Christians Flee," who in Africa can be proud to be a Muslim? 
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/2/2012 7:37:23 PM