Thursday, November 18, 2004

"Muslim Reformists Threaten Faith" -- SMH Opinion

Salaam 'Alaikum

Amir Butler of the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Council has an editorial in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald. Let's hope this is all the beginning of more and more people speaking up and looking to change our Ummah within the boundaries of Iman and Shari'ah.
The social stagnation, political violence and overall instability that characterise contemporary Islamic societies owe more to ignorance or a misguided interpretation of religion than to Islam itself. The question is how do we resolve this problem: throw the baby out with the bathwater, or restore social and political structures that history has shown to be successful? The root cause of their problems is not simply a failure to reconcile Islam with homosexuality or reproductive rights, nor are they adhering too closely to Islamic teachings. Rather, a dispassionate analysis dictates that Muslims need to practise and understand more of their faith; not march a spiritual death march to secular humanism and moral relativism.

For some Western non-Muslims, the message of Islam's "reformists" holds attraction on a number of levels: it reinforces the cultural hubris that Western values are the panacea for every ill; it offers a simplistic answer to a very complex problem; and it represents a message delivered by people who are palatable to the secular West, even if they hold little credibility in the Islamic circles they claim to influence.

Irshad Manji is a textbook example of such a phenomenon: as a lesbian activist she espouses a lifestyle that Muslims, like many Christians and Jews, disagree with, holds no formal qualification in Islam yet purports to lecture Muslims on how they can "reform" while only ever addressing non-Muslim audiences.


Blogger ابدلرحیم said...

I totally agree with everything said, and it was very eloquently put. Also, that Irshad Manji is so annoying and infuriating, and in her book almost every problem she had in her personal experience and in general, i (being Muslim 7 months) good give a reasonable explanation and solution, so obviously she is only catering to the kafr's who want to change the true faith into something of their liking. Surely, this blog is gonna be linked with my blog cuz i'm luvin' what i see.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Fanusi Khiyal said...

Cute. How about the fact that not one Islamic nation has a decent human rights record, or that the contribution from said nations in terms of science or literature is effectively nil?

I agree that there is too much focus on sexual rights at the moment. The Christian reformation began by championing the use of reason and the rise of thinking for oneself - which meant the preservation of individual rights.

That is the reform that Islam needs. So long as it opposes reason and individualism, it is doomed to stagnation.

4:58 PM  

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