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    Modernism in Islaam

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum waraHmatullaah, my dear respected brothers and siters in this Beautiful Deen - Al-Islaam

    Innal hamdalillaah was-salaat was-salaam ‘aala rasoolillaah.

    After reading some of the misinformation and misrepresentation of Islaam on this forum, I was compelled to submit this article by Jamal Zarbozo. Althogh the original is a single article, I shall Insha’Allaah submit it in 4 parts for the sake of convenience . I would strongly urge everyone to read this series of postings in order to identify those individuals who are putting their opinions ahead of the advice of Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) when it comes to explaining Islaam. If we become vulnerable to such unIslaamic views there becomes a danger of easily being led astray.

    In all honesty, there is not a single person here who can raise his hand and claim that he/she has been guaranteed a place in Paradise, no matter how pious one may consider himself/herself to be. But in order to have Hope in Allaah’s Mercy, we need to identify truth from falsehood. As the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) explained, this can only be achieved through sincerity toward the correct understanding and methodology as that of his - salallaahu ‘alahi wa sallam’s - and his Companions (radhi’allaahu ‘anhum). An important factor while distinguishing between good and evil is that we recognise and avoid the evil when it comes to us, so as not to be seduced by the calls of those who invite to it, whether out of ignorance or out of deception.

    ... And may Allaah guide us all.

    Modernism in Islam - Jamal Zarabozo


    We can relate, ideologically, the modernist movement spreading these days to one sect in the past. This sect is called the Muta'zila, which is dated back to the third Islamic century. Although those people accepted the Qur'an and Sunna they made ta'weel (their own interpretation of the Qur'an) and said 'aql (intelligence) takes precedence over naql (guidance of the Prophet). However, this school died out. The modernist movement did not evolve from them, but they are very similar to them. The modernist movement actually originated in Europe (middle-ages). At the time when the scientific method came about in Spain, it was seen that what the church was teaching was not true. This led to a slow revolt. The basic view of modernism (in all religions)is that: the religion should change according to the circumstances, and that it is not fixed. There is no such thing as absolute truth. The Jewish and Christian modernist responce in Europe tried to explain how the religion was still relevant for the people. They made innovations to keep people interested in the religion (such as singing in church, introduced only in the 1900's). They tried to say the divine and the human is mixed in the Bible and that the parts that are true must be the ones that are not out of date. Also, the religion is improving over time and there is no absolute truth in the Bible. This is the time in history when many Muslims were looking to Europe. This led to three choices for those Muslims: accept the West; reject the West; or mix the two (reform Islam). Those who followed the third (the modernist) developed in, and focused on: Turkey - because it was under British influence; and Egypt - because Al-Azhar was the seat of Islamic knowledge. The people of this modernist movement judge Islam according to their 'aql. Some of their faults in regards to it are:

    1) use it for things which it can't comprehend;

    2) refer everything to it: accept what agrees with it, reject what does not;

    3) judge the revelation by it.

    However, using the sound 'aql should lead one to the conclusion that the Qur'an and the Prophet are true and that their teachings should take precedence over pure 'aql.

    "No leaf falls except that He knows of it, and no rain drop forms except that He has willed it."

    WOW.Salaam Bro.Your thread "Modernism in Islam" caught my eye.Very interesting.Cant wait for part 2,3 and 4.
    Was salaam