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al-arab
01-04-2012, 03:45 PM
Secularism and How to Deal with it

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat
(1985)
Secularism is an ideology which either denies that there is a God, prophethood and revelation or declares that the role of these is limited to the personal and inner life of man and that in the political or social sphere of human life, God, prophethood or revelation cannot by their very nature play any fundamental role. Even a cursory glance through the Qur`an and Hadith is enough to show everyone that this ideology conflicts with the very mind and heart of Islam. Yet in all parts of the Muslim world many "Muslims" are consciously or unconsciously accepting this un-Islamic ideology. There even exist political movements that have either established or are trying to establish secularist systems of government in various Muslim countries: Kemalists in Turkey, Baathists in the Arab world, Mujahideen-e-Khalq in Iran, some groups affiliated with the People`s Party in Pakistan.

Some "Muslim" secularists openly profess an atheistic outlook. They regard the Prophet Muhammad (may my life be a ransom for him) as no more than a wise man who, like so many other sages of history, made a valuable contribution to human civilization but whose time has passed away and who has no longer any relevance today, at least not as what Muslims believe him to be: the last and the greatest Messenger of God to all mankind for all times to come.

Some other secularists among Muslims are less direct, especially those who have yet to gain political power in their countries. They know that they cannot achieve their political goals with a head-on collision with the Islamic ideology. They, therefore, keep their un-Islamic views to themselves and preach their ideology in terms that seemingly do not conflict with Islam. They are munafiqin (hypocrites) in the true sense of the word.

Secularists tend to be in close links with minority groups hostile to Islam: Qadiyanis in Pakistan, Bahais in Iran, Alawites in the Arab world and Christian minorities everywhere. Along with these minorities, they provide the linkages through which foreign powers hostile to Muslims manipulate and exploit the Islamic world.

DEALING WITH SECULARISM

It is evident that secularism represents a definite threat to Islam and Muslims and the believers need to deal with it. In this connection the following points should be kept in mind:

1) Muslims have to abandon their passive acceptance of secularism. At present even those Muslims who are involved in some kind of Islamic work tend to be complacent when it comes to secularism. In fact, they are invariably harder on each other than on secularists. This attitude is, of course, contrary to what the Holy Qur`an teaches. The believers can disagree and hotly argue with each other, as the suhabah (companions of the Prophet) used to do, but they, if true believers, are always more cooperative and kind to each other than to the kafirs (those who reject God). The Book of God says:
<B>"Muhammad is the Messenger of God and those with him are strict with the kafirin and kind among themselves. You see them bow down and prostrate (in prayer), seeking God`s grace and His good pleasure..." (48:29)
</B>2) In order to combat secularism, we also need to create efficient and functioning institutions to take care of our needs and to establish just and democratic societies. For as long as the Ummah of believers is in disarray and our societies are under unjust and dictatorial systems, groups promoting kufr in one form or another will continue to flourish among us.

3) Secularism should be combated by the enlightened Qur`anic way, by arguments and by appeal to the signs of God that are shown to man in history, in the world without and within his own soul. The use of force should be avoided except possibly in countries where the secularists are fighting Islam with force, as, for example, in Turkey. When it comes to fighting ideas, the use of force rarely proves useful. Besides, freedom of expression is a right that should be given to everybody, including the secularists.

But freedom of expression does not mean that the secularists should be allowed to preach disbelief in mosques and in Muslim prayer gatherings. This freedom means that if some people are bent upon preaching kufr, they should be allowed to create a separate association of their own and for doing so their properties and lives must not be harmed.

Freedom of expression also does not mean that believers must silently listen to whatever kufr anyone wishes to preach. If secularists should have the freedom of expression, then so must also the believers. Therefore, whenever the secularists raise their voices of disbelief and darkness, at the very same time some believers must rise among Muslims to raise their voices of faith and light.

http://www.islamicperspectives.com/Secularism.htm (http://www.islamicperspectives.com/Secularism.htm)

Saudi Islamic Scholar: The Day Is Coming When Islam Will Rule the World Again - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8AnOSBrcU)

emkhan
01-04-2012, 03:47 PM
Dear, Secularism has become a religion. The best way to beat it is to educate the masses from their primary level of education no matter whatever education system they have.

retro
01-04-2012, 05:51 PM
Secularists tend to be in close links with minority groups hostile to Islam: Qadiyanis in Pakistan, Bahais in Iran, Alawites in the Arab world and Christian minorities everywhere. Along with these minorities, they provide the linkages through which foreign powers hostile to Muslims manipulate and exploit the Islamic world.Given their mistreatment, why would minority groups, not be hostile to Sunni Islamism? The premise that secularism is responsible for nations shortcomings and that an Iranian style Islamist theocratic government is somehow the way forward is laughable.

Levanaye Zalmaye
01-05-2012, 02:06 AM
To be honest, I wanted to stop reading your article after the first line:

"Secularism is an ideology which either denies that there is a God, prophethood and revelation".

Firstly, secularism is not an ideology, it is a principle.

Secondly, secularism neither denies nor affirms the existence of God. In fact, theological considerations are irrelevant to the government in any secular system.

Thirdly, the problems facing the Muslim world today range from illiteracy and poverty to a lack of infrastructure and a general indifference amongst the populace. The link between the ills of the Muslim world and their respective political systems is imaginary. For example, the theocratic Saudis severely discourage intellectualism with the same zeal and vigor that the secular Egyptians employ for the same 'gain' in their own country. Many Muslims today are led to believe that if Shari'ah is enforces or if a Caliphate is established, most of their problems will automatically vanish. So instead of channeling their energies into doing something productive, they focus, due to their mistaken belief, on the idea that Shari'ah must be enforced or else their societal, economic of political ills will go away.

My point is that societies should be free to choose however they are governed because ultimately, they are the people who are sovereign. If a people choose to be governed by their definition of Shari'ah law, they are entitled to that much in the same way that they are entitled to do the opposite of that. If anything, recent history shows that whoever wishes to rule in the name of religion very quickly turns into a savage tyrant - the Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Taliban and the Somalians for example. Muslims generally do want Islam in their lives but the failure of the Ulema to update Shari'ah law, which was codified from the 10th and 13th centuries,

Jamaludin Afghani, Mohammad Iqbal and many others in the 20th century envisioned reformed Islamic constitutional states (nor necessarily democracies) but their counterparts in the Arab world wanted a direct u-turn back to the 7th century. This is exactly where the debate stands today. A glance at the article posted above proves that.

arsalanafridi
01-30-2012, 02:46 AM
@Al Arab :It may be your personal opinion and you can't force anyone to follow this,being secular or religious is ones own personal choice.
Being human and true is the biggest thing to be religious.
We are interested in living our life peacefully according to the current trends that of 21st century,
We are not interested in terrorism in the name of religion, we don't want to get bombed and killed daily.
I totally hate killing of people in the name of shia , sunni,christian, jews etc etc.
there is no harm in being a secular because this world belongs to All , not only for just Muslims, or sunni or shia or wahabi.
People have tried in past but no one will be able to eliminate all kafirs(non muslims) from world or end USA or europe.
you people if you want to fight kafirs go and do it yourself and invlove you family don't force others to do it, because people like you and your family are always safe and those fooled by your fanatic emotional teachings always suffer, and thus bringing the lives of innocent people in danger of both Terrorists and USA etc.
We are proud of our Pashtun culture which is more than 2500 years old and our asaas Pashtunwali.So we need not to follow others like Arab Culture, western culture etc etc.
We don't need certificate from others of being a true muslim or pashtun.

De kuday pa aman

Arsalan

Talal
01-30-2012, 02:53 AM
I dont understand the need to deal with something if its not infringing upon my rights or rights of people as a whole..if we set out to deal with everything that goes against our values, we not only risk becoming like those who think its their right to police the world but we also validate their reason for doing so

abassinafghan
03-04-2012, 06:59 AM
al- arab i have a question to you , let us assume if somebody in a state , in a central position makes decisions , and let us say , those decisions are in opposite to the nations and peoples interessts .


but this persons CLAIMS that his rule is given to him by allah and that he is only implementing rassualllahs law . but in fact his decision has got nothing to do with deen or mazab , or any other religious context but his own interessts .
but he is he is legitimising his own decisions by claiming they are necessary to implent shariat or any other religious law .

so at the end not the persons acts counts , or his decisions but his position which he claims to have by allah and his claim that he must be right under all conditions because he is only implementing the law.

how do you call such a person ???

Amir al Ghaznavi
03-09-2012, 01:34 PM
It is because of a secular govt which encourages free thinking that humans are challenged to become the best they are. religious societies constrict free thought and enterprise

Al Hanif
03-09-2012, 02:47 PM
It is because of a secular govt which encourages free thinking that humans are challenged to become the best they are. religious societies constrict free thought and enterprise

Iran has the fastest growing scientific production in the whole world.

The only two theocracies in the middle east : Israel and Iran are the two only countries with both a space program and a nuclear program. (Saudi is not a Theocracy, it's a Monarchy)

arsalanafridi
03-29-2012, 04:28 AM
@al-arab ,you can just suggest you views but why you are unnecessary pressing everyone in issues like religion and secularism ,no one has given you right to force anyone to do as per your views .
You always write and claim yourself as member of Al-Hussaini tribe. (Banū Hāshim clan) ,what you want to show ur from it ,people look at present also not everytime past .
your tribe is the same tribe which has now became so weak and failure that it was first kicked out from Mecca and Madina by Ibne-Saud family (present rulers of saudi arabia) ,
then later after first world war your tribe were kicked out of Syria by the french ,
then your tribe was kicked out in iraq when Faisal 2 was killed in 1958,
finally your tribe is only left with tiny state of Jordan ,which it may loose in case of Arab Srping revolution in future.
You call yourself sunni muslim, what about our shia brothers?if we continue to fight with each other in the name of shia, sunni, deobandi,wahabi etc, hence we are proving that biggest killers of muslims are we muslim ourselves, then afterwards come western powers like usa and uk.
Please refine your thoughts and move accroding to present
We want ourselves to grow and live happily and peacfully
We are proud of our Pashtun culture which is more than 2500 years old and our asaas Pashtunwali.So we need not to follow others like Arab Culture, western culture etc etc.
We don't need certificate from others of being a true muslim or pashtun.

De kuday pa aman

Arsalan :happy: