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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Islamic Education

Likewise, Blame The Muslims, NOT Islam

We Muslims are in the month of al-Mubarak. It is most appropriate to post a subject about Islam. I would like to take this golden opportunity to wish all Muslims in the www a happy Ramadan. May God bless us all, amiiin. The following views on Islam on a just and fair basis.

Ahmad Bullock
Muslims have a treasure for mankind. is in fact the future. If people realize what Islam is then there would be no question of being 'anti-Islam'.

There is no argument if you really understand what Islam really is. However, we have a very bad press and there is a motivation behind blackening the face of and presenting them in the worst possible manner.

If Islam did come into its own among mankind, then a lot of people would be out of business. If the West realize how Western civilization was derived from Islam and the influence of he medieval Arabs upon Europe through Spain and Italy.

Philosophers of Islam like Ibnu Sina, Ibnu Rushd, al-Ghazali and al-Farabi, are all very important to Western philosophy. Western society and civilization owes a tremendous debt to Islam which it is very reluctant to acknowledge.

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Zainab Sebai
People talk about 'Muslim fundamentalist' - whatever they are. As far as I am concerned, a 'Muslim fundamentalist' is simply a Muslim who practices what he is told to practice. In the same way, a 'Christian fundamentalist' would be a Christian who actually believes in God. The term is a very negative one and it is used in a derogatory way.

There is no such thing as a 'Muslim fundamentalist'. Either you practice Islam or you do not. In the same way, the term 'extremist' is used not to pinpoint certain modes of behaviour that people disapprove of but to cast a negative light on Islam as a whole.

The word 'Islam' means submission. You submit to the will of Allah swt. And if you submit to the will of Allah swt, you are a Muslim. There is nothing 'fundamentalist' about it. Either you submit or you do not. And everyone is free to submit or not. It is their choice. So the term 'fundamentalist' is misleading and very misguiding, and it is used in a very derogatory way.

You would not accuse a Christian who celebrates Christmas of being a 'fundamentalist Christian'. It is simply a basic part of their religion and practicing Islam is a fundamental part of being a Muslim.

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
Islam today is one of the most misunderstood phenomena. Unfortunately, people are looking at Muslims by some incidents which we see going on in the world today, which are suppose to be a reflection of Islam. They are NOT a reflection of Islam. They are a reflection of badly misbehaving Muslims. That is the problem which is besetting the Muslim community.

There are, of course, very good elements and good practising Muslims but these are not normally seen. It is usualy the bad and the most sensational which are shown on television and in the media.

The way to solve this is for someone not to look at the Muslim, but to look at Islam. It would be wrong for someone to judge a car as being a bad car if the driver of the car was drunk and he crashed into a fence. You say, "That car is bad." It has nothing to do with the car but rather a lot to do with the driver.

So you must look at the car and see what kind of a car it is. How many miles it does for a gallon etc. Once we look at the actual description of what the car is, then you will see that there is nothing wrong with it. It is the driver.

Islam is to guide all human beings in their daily lives, in their spiritual, mental and physical dimensions. But we must find the source of this instruction which is, firstly, in the Quran and then secondly in the examples of the Prophet Muhammad saw. So once we come to these two things, the Quran and then the example of the Noble Prophet, which is called the 'Sunnah' of the Prophet, then we shall see the ideal of Islam.

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Ibrahim Hewitt
The image that we have of Islam here in the West is very distorted. These are many prejudices which come out mainly because of ignorance. We are told very little about Islam in school and the actual educational system is trying to divert away from Islam.

This is a historical thing. We feel strongly that there is this 'crusade' type of mentality. Islam is seen as a threat. It was a threat a thousand years ago and it has been a threat ever since. There has always been a big battle between Christian Europe and Muslim Middle East or Muslim North Africa or whatever.

This 'inbuilt' prejudice among Europeans is very strong. This comes out in one way in education. We are taught small things which can completely distort the idea that you have about a particular faith. For example, Islam is often called 'Muhammedanism' and Muslims are called 'Muhammedans'. This implies hat Muslims somehow worship Muhammad the way Christians worship Jesus.

Nothing can be further from the truth. Islam preaches that there is only ONE God. Muhammad is His Messenger, a simple human being.

Abdul Rashid Skinner (Psychiatrist)
One of the many problems that faces Islam in Britain is that it has a very negative image. This is partly the result of history. Islam was always a threat to Western Europe for a thousand years and this has coloured the popular image of Islam. I remember as a child reading a school history book, where I was presented with an illustration of Islam as a fierce looking Arab with a long beard and a sword, the assumption being that Islam was spread by the sword. That it was savage and militant.

In recent years we had a large number of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent who are Muslims. The effect of this has been also to shape public opinion to think of Islam as something foreign. The realities are quite different. I and other English people who have become Muslims have found the transition to Islam to be very easy.

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11 Responses to "Islamic Education"

Noor Ariffshah said...

At this holly month of Ramadan, reading about Muslim heroes in this century after doing 21 raka'at tarawih is worth. Good job my friend.

Anonymous said...

Happy Ramadhan!

Agree. and not to forget that many of Islamic teachings, especially the teaching of Jihad has been hijacked by some of misguided Muslims. Islam, who is supposed to be the merciful for all creation has fallen into the destruction of all creation through the hands of irresponsible men.

But all religions (christians, jews..etc) have their share of violent actions in this globe. Islam does not have a monopoly there. So It is more than relevant to ask why such a double standard when it comes to Islam? I think it should come as no surprise since Islam becomes the world fastest growing religion on the stage of world religions. This situation provokes the outsiders to make great deal of efforts to tackle Islam from its top position by attributing it with such horrified images.

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Anonymous said...

Assallam Alikum wr wb

It's been along time are you? Hope you're doing well there.

And i'd like to say minal aidzin wal faizin, taqqabballahu mina wa minkum, Ied Mubbarrak...may Allah SWT bless our ibadah in yesterday ramadhan and gives us another chance to meet the next holy month.

Wassallam Alikum WR WB

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