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Action Points for Defeating the Extremist Ideology

 

 

By Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

09 April, 2015

The extremist ideology is not very much different from the current state of the defective Islamic theology of all sects. The extremists are only extreme in their actions and it is not without justification that the Islamophobes call them more Muslim than the “moderates”. It is therefore impossible for the moderates to defeat the extremists ideologically, without accepting and correcting their defective theology.

The extremists act on the following presumptions which find support in the defective Islamic theology of every sect.

1.            All those who are not followers of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are “Kafir”

2.            The Prophet was fighting battles against the “Kafirin” to end “Kufr”

3.            Apostates of Islam deserve the death penalty

The extremists cannot be defeated ideologically unless all the above three presumptions which have become the accepted doctrines of Islamic theology and taught in seminaries are rejected and the Islamic theology cleansed of this utter nonsense.

The correct position is:

1.            Only the oppressors and persecutors are Kafir. In the temporal sphere, the term Kafir is faith neutral. 

2.            The Prophet fought battles only against the oppressors to end religious persecution. The Quran does not sanction waging war to end “disbelief” since there is no compulsion in religion.

3.            There is no punishment prescribed in the Quran for apostasy or blasphemy.

Each issue is covered exhaustively in my articles with full evidence from the Quran.

Who Is A Kafir In The Quran? (Part 1): 'Kafir,' 'Mushrik' and 'Idolater' are not synonyms

Who Is A Kafir In The Quran? (Part 2): Muslim– Non-Muslim Relationship

Who Is A Kafir In The Quran? (Part 3): Why Kufr Is A Relative Concept While Shirk, Idol Worship Etc. Have Fixed Meanings

Who is a Kafir in the Quran? (Part 4) Defining Kufr

The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) in the Qur’an (Concluding Part) Summary

The action point is to build consensus on these points so that the extremists are truly isolated and defeated. Right now, everyone starting from Al Azhar is only paying lip service. We must demand that every important seminary come clean on their position on each of the three points. This will not be easy. There will be debate and discussion but let there be transparency in place of the hypocrisy of paying only lip service. I urge the Government of India to initiate this process. This is in the interest of every Muslim and every citizen of the country. The seminaries of India can lead the world in ending the scourge of extremism besides correcting the defective doctrines based on a very parochial interpretation that goes against the clear word and message of the Quran. Let us free the Quran from centuries of Kufr heaped on it by poor scholarship that values parochialism over the truth.

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  1. By Naseer Ahmed 05/07/2015 13:14:42
  2. Agreed cent per cent. This is what I too have been saying.
    By sadaf 05/07/2015 10:28:06
  3. To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam

     

    As-Salaam Alay-Kum

     

    This brief note is to inform all of you that a response to Dr. Javed Jamil by Muhammad Yunus Saheb is posted on http://myfellowmuslims.com. The first paragraph reads as follows:

      

    The Issues Confronting Muslim Intellectuals

     

    “I have read your presentation at the AMU Conference on the ‘Intellectual Crisis of Muslim Ummah’. I must admit that you have courage and clarity of thinking to, loudly question: “What for they killed 2 million people in between the day of the blast and the death of the mastermind?

     

    Another letter which might be of interest, is the one addressed to Imam Akmal M. Muhammad, Co-founder/Chairman/CEO - The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. based in Silver Spring, Maryland by Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia as follows:

     

    My Two Cents Worth

     

    “What is the point in launching a total ideological onslaught upon the “New World Order”? Certainly, the so-called “Muslim Intellectuals” do not expect the “Uneducated Brutes, in our midst to show us the right path!”

     

    Note that after learning from the experience of “Unknown Characters,” making comments on the New Age Islam forum, therefore, it was decided that “No Comments,” will be the rule of the blog. It is not that “Freedom of Expression, is not appreciated. It is in fact, the “Known Facts,” that many “Intellectual Bigots, have nothing better to do in life than to disrupt any healthy debate concerning the sensitive issues pertaining to the religion of Islam.  

     

    Very respectfully yours,

     

    Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia  

     

    A Pen1  www.myfellowmuslims.com

    http://www.wethemoderatemuslims.com

    http://www.readingisliving.com

    By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia 11/04/2015 13:38:58
  4. Dear Muhammad Yunus,

    The following is from your article:

    The Hindus are not ‘the Mushrikin’ Mentioned in the Qur’an

    http://www.newageislam.com/interfaith-dialogue/hindus-are-not-‘the-mushrikin’-mentioned-in-the-qur’an/d/5655

    “The present day Islamophobia driven greenhorn scholarship draws on the Qur’anic verses with exhortations to kill the Mushriks (technically ‘mushrikin’, translated as unbelievers, disbelievers, idol worshippers) to project Islam as a violent religion that permits killing the ‘Mushriks’. Some radical groups in India fan communal hatred and violence by quoting these verses, applying the word ‘al-mushrikin’ to the Hindus.

    You are in agreement therefore as to what in our “greenhorn scholarship” is the cause of communalism and extremism. Your article incidentally makes no distinction and assumes mushrik, unbeliever, disbeliever, and idol worshipers to be synonyms.

    I therefore find it surprising that my efforts to clear the air to remove the cause of hatred, communalism and extremism are not supported by you. This problem will remain even after you have wiped out the ISIS with your excellent solution. Moreover, what you choose to call greenhorn scholarship is part of our theology and taught in the seminaries. These are the fault lines in our theology that have been used systematically as part of a plan (Bernard Lewis) by the US and its associates to fan Muslim fundamentalism to achieve their political ends. The roots of religious extremism lie in our defective theology. Unless we uncover the truth and bring it out in the open and compel our seminaries to acknowledge the flaws in our theology and correct them, Muslims will become the pariahs of society.

    By Naseer Ahmed 11/04/2015 07:41:52
  5. Dear Muhammad Yunus,


    In case you have a problem locating the discussion on verses 8:36 to 8:38 I am repasting here the part of my comment addressed to you which provides the link. Please do read the article if you have not read it.

    Please read my article: The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) in the Qu’ran (Concluding Part) Summary in which I have shown that For 14 translators, it is desist from “Unbelief” in verse 8:38 or its equivalent which implies that the Prophet (pbuh) was fighting against the kafirin to end kufr and not against the Religious persecutors to end persecution. They are: Yusuf Ali (from Unbelief), Al'-Muntakhab (renounce infidelity, desist from evil purpose and turn to Allah), Ali Unal: (to disbelieve themselves and prevent others from entering the fold of Islam), Muhammad Taqi Usmani (from infidelity), Syed Vickar Ahamed (from disbelief),Farook Malik (from unbelief), Dr Munir Munshey (their skepticism), Dr. M Tahirul Qadri (from their blasphemous acts), Ali Quli Qarai [faithlessness], Dr Kamal Omar (from their blasphemous acts), Thanvi (kufr), Raza Ahmad Khan Barelvi (kufr se baaz aye aur islam laye). Al Jalalayan: desist from unbelief and from waging war against the Prophet, Ibn Kathir: (Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease...) the disbelief, defiance and stubbornness they indulge in, and embrace Islam, obedience and repentance.


    By Naseer Ahmed 11/04/2015 00:38:06