By Khaled M. Abou El Fadl
Regardless of President George W. Bush's assurances that Islam is a relaxed faith and that each one sturdy Muslims starvation for democracy, confusion persists and much too many Westerners stay confident that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous. within the aftermath of the assaults of 9-11, the following wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the hot bombings in London, an extraordinary quantity of consciousness has been directed towards Islam and the Muslim global. but, in spite of this elevated scrutiny, lots of the public discourse concerning Islam revolves round the activities of extremist factions reminiscent of the Wahhabis and al-Qa'ida. yet what of the Islam we do not listen approximately? because the second-largest and fastest-growing faith on the planet, Islam is deemed through greater than one thousand million Muslims to be a resource of serenity and religious peace, and a touchstone for ethical and moral counsel. whereas extremists have an effect upon the faith that's wildly disproportionate to their numbers, moderates represent the vast majority of Muslims world wide. it truly is this rift among the quiet voice of the moderates and the deafening statements of the extremists that threatens the way forward for the religion. within the nice robbery, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of many world's preeminent Islamic students, argues that Islam is at present passing via a transformative interval no much less dramatic than the pursuits that swept via Europe throughout the Reformation. At this severe juncture there are thoroughly antagonistic worldviews inside Islam competing to outline this nice global faith. The stakes have by no means been larger, and the way forward for the Muslim global hangs within the stability. Drawing at the wealthy culture of Islamic background and legislation, the good robbery is an impassioned security of Islam opposed to the encroaching energy of the extremists. As an complete Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl roots his arguments in long-standing historic felony debates and delineates element by means of aspect the ideals and practices of average Muslims, distinguishing those tenets from the corrupting affects of the extremists. From the position of ladies in Islam to the character of jihad, from democracy and human rights to terrorism and struggle, Abou El Fadl builds an important imaginative and prescient for a average Islam. in the end, the good majority of Muslims who oppose extremism have a desperately wanted voice to assist reclaim Islam's nice ethical culture.
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It is His wisdom which leads to Him in the most exact way and the most exact affirmation of the truthfulness of His Prophet. It is His light which enlightens the seekers and His guidance for the rightly guided. It is the absolute cure for all ills and the straight path which if followed will lead to righteousness. . It is life and nutrition, the medicine, the light, the cure and the safeguard. Every good in this life is derived from it and achieved through it, and every deficiency in existence results from its dissipation.
Every good in this life is derived from it and achieved through it, and every deficiency in existence results from its dissipation. If it had not been for the fact that some of its rules remain [in this world,] this world would become corrupted and the universe would be dissipated. . If God would wish to destroy the world and dissolve existence, He would void whatever remains of its injunctions. For the Sharia which was sent to His Prophet . . 8 In this passage, Ibn al-Qayyim is speaking of Shari’a not as a technical legal system, but as a symbol, which despite its remarkable diversity and pluralism represents the unified Muslim identity.
The current debates among Muslims are not whether Islam can be political or not. But the exact role that Shari’a should play in a modern state, the role of Islamic jurists (fuqaha), the relationship of the state to God, legislative sovereignty, constitutional limitations on the actions of the legislature, and even the desirability of liberal democracies as well as the place of human rights in a Muslim polity are all hotly contested issues in modern Islam. The spectrum of ideas on all these issues ranges from strongly puritanical on the one end to moderate on the other.
The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists by Khaled M. Abou El Fadl