How to combat Secular and Religious Extremism and Fundamentalism according to the Creeds of Abraham
THE GOD OF THE SECULAR SOCIETY
About a couple of years ago, a woman was asked in a Secular Association meeting, whether she believed in God. She said, “I believe in God because I do gardening”.
From this statement of the woman in the Secular Association meeting, I gathered that one did not have to believe in a religion to believe in God, and that one did not have to be a “science-based, evidence-based” person to be a member of the Secular society.
From this, I also gathered that the woman in the Secular Association meeting did not believe in the dichotomy of the secular and the religious and all the extremists and fundamentalists teachings within and between them that made them separate and exclusive.
Hence, in this way, she did not only reduce religion and Godless science to Reality but also superimposed the true knowledge of science, religion, culture, politics, etc, one on top of the other without creating any boundaries within and between them that made them separate and exclusive, because God’s Work in Nature, did not only teach how to eliminate the extremist and fundamentalist teachings of Secularism and Religion but also taught how to eliminate the extremist and fundamentalist teachings of Ethnicity, Nationalism, Liberalism, Humanism, Conservatism, etc., in the most neutral and universal manner.
THE GOD OF ABRAHAM
The story of Abraham is very similar in the Qur’an. It begins by stating that Abraham was “a person of pure natural belief” (haneef), like the woman in the Secular Association meeting. In other words, he did not believe in the “blind faith” methodology of religion or the “science-based, evidence-based” methodology of modern science. He established “certainty of knowledge” through the methodology of ilm-ul-yaqin (certainty of knowledge by inference and reasoning), ayn-ul-yaqin (certainty of knowledge by seeing and observing) and haqq-ul-yaqin (absolute knowledge, like this is a computer, etc), like plants and animals do.
In addition to this, the Qur’an states that when Abraham wanted to know the Truth about God and religion after he had rejected all the religions of his time based on reason, God did not send him a Book like the Torah, Gospel or the Qur’an, but “gave him the insight to perceive the natural laws of the different dominions of the heavens and the earth, so that he might (with understanding) have certitude”, (Qur’an 6:74-75).
From this knowledge of the creation, Abraham established a “restrictive definition” of the secular and religion, just like the woman in the Secular Association meeting. He believed in God as Designer, Creator, Sustainer, Protector, etc, of the Universe, free of all dogmas and doctrines of religion, and followed the secular and scientific path of the creation, without being Godless.
Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (s) were not founders of any Religion. They used the Word of God, which was revealed to them in the context of God’s Work in Nature, to establish one Standard way of life (AdDeeni Haneefan) for all humans, both secular and religious.
The Qur’an (42:13) states:
He has ordained for you all, the same System of Life that He enjoined upon Noah – And We have revealed
to you (O Prophet) the same message as We enjoined upon Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: “Establish the Divine System of Life and make no division therein.” (O Prophet) the unity you call to, it is hard upon the idolaters. God draws to Himself everyone who is willing, and guides to Himself everyone who turns to Him for
guidance. “[Sects vs. Unity: 3:32, 3:104, 6:160,
39:31 30:31, 42:13, 45:17-18]
WESTERN OPINION AND ANALYSIS
In his book, “The 100: Most Influential People in History”, Dr Michael H Hart (a Zionist Jew) states that Prophet Muhammad (s) was only one who was “most extremely successful in both the secular and religious levels” because he demonstrated “an unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence in human history”.
Similarly, in the last hundred years, there were many such famous people in the West, who were saying similar things about Prophet Muhammad (s) and Islam. For example, Rev Bosworth Smith said, “Prophet Muhammad was Caesar and Pope in one”. Likewise, Alphonse de LaMartine stated in his HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUTE that Prophet Muhammad (s) was “Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas; restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires (now 56) and one spiritual empire; that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”
And, in the same way, Sir George Bernard Shaw concluded that “if a man like him (Prophet Muhammad) were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problem in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness”.
PRESENT STATE OF THE MUSLIM UMMAH (SOCIETY/NATION)
At the present moment (November, 2019), the majority of the Muslims do not know that Islam is secular way of life, which demands a “restrictive definition” of the secular and religion according to the Creeds of Abraham and the worldview teachings of Tawhid (an Arabic word for unity and universality). They have deviated very far from the Truth.
For example, 99% of their religious leaders do not have tertiary secular education or no secular education at all. The majority of them believe that secular education is western, worldly and Christian and will not help in the akhirah (hereafter). At present, ten million Muslim children are receiving only madressahs education in Northern Nigeria, without any knowledge of maths and science.
Some people in the Muslim community are now asking (after 1400 years of Islam), “How can they find work or build their nation with such a type of education”, not because they believe that secular education is an important requirement of Islam, but because of worldly reasons.
This kind of attitude against secular education prevails among the Wahabi sect throughout the world. For example, in the year 2001, the jamiats (Muslim Judicial Councils) of Natal and Gauteng, here in South Africa, were stopping their girls from attending secular schools and madressah because they felt that the environment was not right for them to attend school and madressahs. Likewise, they were treating secular educated Muslims who opposed their brand of Islam as enemies from within. It was only after I published a book titled, “An Islamic Revolution for Peace and Unity”, explaining that Islam was a secular way of life, which demanded a “restrictive definition” of the secular and religion, that they took some notice of it.
Unfortunately, the Qur’an Alone students of the Qur’an are not any better. They also do not have any idea that Islam is a secular way of life, which demands a “restrictive definition” of the Secular and Religion according to the Creeds of Abraham and the worldview teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality. Hence, they promote a very modernistic, secularist, feminist and liberalistic interpretation of the Qur’an according to the knowledge of the present secular world, which separates the secular from the religious. Hence, they believe in Evolution, not Creationism, denouncing many of the true teachings of the Abrahamic Faith, found in the intersection of the secular and religious.
At the present moment (November, 2019), the Muslim Ummah does not have the type of secular education and influence as a nation, to inherit the true knowledge of Islam and rule the world. With the present state of the ummah, it is far beyond their capability to do so in the short term. In addition to this, they do not have the type of political and military power or the Main Stream Media to communicate and implement it.
Therefore, at the present moment, the best people suited to inherit the true knowledge of the Abrahamic Faith and rule the world according to the Divine System are the secular educated people of the West. Not only because they have the political and military power and the main stream media to do so, but also because of many other reasons.
Some of them are as follows:
- There are people among them who are not happy with their own belief system, secular and religious. Hence, in their argument against their own secular and religious system, they have come to the conclusion that there is a need for them to find a “restrictive definition” of the Secular and Religion to solve all their problems, not only that of morality and spirituality but also that of ethnicity, nationalism, liberalism, conservatism, capitalism, etc. Since they did not know how to get there, they gave me the opportunity to explain the Post-Modern Faith of Abraham to them in that light.
- They have critical thinkers among them, like Sir George Bernard Shaw, Rev Bosworth Smith, Alphonse de LaMartine, Dr Michael H Hart, etc, who are prepared to replace their own belief system, secular and religious, with that of another nation’s belief system. I do not think that people of any other nations would be willing to do that?
- They are so greatly influenced by their secular way of life that they do not find it absurd to employ “secular priests” in some of their churches. No other religion has allowed such a concept of priesthood to exist in their way of life.
- At the present moment, many American supporters of Mr. Trump think that he was sent by God to establish a Government of God in their land. Hence, they have taken courage, to oppose same sex marriages and to teach Creationism in public schools side by side with Evolution. Likewise, in England, a doctor refused to attend to a transgender patient and in Israel, same sex parents are not allowed to adopt children.
- They have eminent scholar from 60 denominations of the Christian Church who did not hesitate to state that there are many serious defects in the Bible. In addition to this, it was not uncommon for an Anglican bishop to state, in a World Council of Churches meeting in the 1970s that he was unable to say and do what Jesus said and did because Jesus was Son of God and he (the bishop) was not. The Time Magazine published this grievance of the bishop under the title, “The Myth of God Incarnate”.
Religion is a dangerous ideology. It is not only divisive, but it is also cause for hate and war. God, Who created the heavens and the earth according to the Laws of Physics and Mathematics, never ordained any Religion upon any nation. None of His Prophets were chosen from the priesthood community or from any religion. Noah was a merchant. Abraham, who rejected all the religions of his time based on reason, was the son of an idol maker. Moses was brought up in Pharaoh’s castle. Jesus was a carpenter. Muhammad (s) was working in his wife’s business before he married her, and so on.
And, when God created Adam, He did not teach him any Articles of Faith, which Muslims recite to revert to Islam. He taught him “the names and nature of all things in His creation”, (Qur’an 2:31). Hence, all Prophets were sent to free all humans from all the extreme teachings of Religion and Secularism. For example, when God tells the Christians in the Qur’an not to believe “in Trinity because God Alone is enough as Defender of the Universe and that He did not need a Son to do so”, is a statement of a sister belief system to a sister which has deviated from the Truth and definitely not that of one religion to another. Hence, the time is now right for the Western world to inherit the True Word of God in a neutral and universal manner (in the context of God’s Work in Nature) or in an inclusive manner to rule the world.