Monday, January 24, 2005

Real Community Progress

Salaam 'Alaikum

It's all good and fun to refute and pick apart some of the ridiculousness spouted out there in the name of "progressive" Islam, but as we've written before, true progress is something that improves the lives of people in general -- no matter their creed, race, or nationality. Real progress in Islam is that which brings you closer to God, and keeps your ego (nafs) in check. Initially, our plan for this blog was just to point out inconsistencies, inaccuracies, falsehoods, and other misleading claims and teachings put forth in the name of liberal or "progressive" Islam. However, over the past few months, interest in this blog has grown, as have our ideas (and the ideas of readers) of what we can use it for. Apparently, more people are paying attention than we thought.

Max and Risama have both pointed out, here and on their own blogs, that the fine folks over at MWU (the official mouthpiece for the Progressive Muslim Union), seem to have very little knowledge of or involvement in the Muslim community. As of yet, nothing has been written on the site about the masjid arsons, or the murder of a young, pregnant Muslim woman in New Orleans, or the fight in Memphis to keep Muslims from opening a cemetary to bury their dead. Maybe the focus of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America isn't things that are happening in the North American Muslim community. Allahu 'Alim.

If you talk about change and progress, you have to be willing to walk the walk. Debates are fun, but they have a limited value and benefit. So we're introducing a new occasional feature for Living Tradition, called Community Progress. Each part will highlight a different area of need in either the Muslim community or the community at large (or both), and how you, your friends, and family can begin to make real, positive progress in that area right in your own neighborhood. And we would really love to hear from you about your experiences with these issues, and whether or not our ideas have helped you.

Forward! March!


Blogger ابدلرحیم said...

MashAllah, sounds great!

2:24 AM  

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