ISLAM AND ITS TRAGEDY
Islam, today the second largest religion in
the world, derives from the teachings of the prophet Mohammad in the
seventh century CE. Islam means submission to truth. Mohammad claimed
that God (Allah) had spoken through earlier prophets- including Abraham,
Moses and Jesus- before him and he was the last. As a school of
thought, Islam, essentially, is a critical and political school. It
makes its appearance in the history of mankind with NO (la). A NO which
began with the cry of unity, a cry which Islam reinitiated when
confronted by aristocracy, monopoly or compulsion. “NO oppression, NO
exploitation, NO ignorance”. Mohammad cried out “I have come from God.
God has willed that all oppressed and exploited people should be helped
and that they should inherit the earth”. The main pillar of Islam is
‘Tawhid’ (dynamic monotheist ontology). God is the essence of life, the
meaning of creation and the origin of truth. The unity of God has
special meaning: NO discrimination in respect of race, class, gender,
tribe . . . The God-Human relation is not similar to master-slave or
father-child relation. Man can approach God by realizing God’s
character: justice, honesty, trust, purity, compassion, mercy. . .
Tawhid also means that there is not (and there should not be) any real
contradiction between material and spiritual aspects of life.
Approaching to God is possible through making dialectical process
between material and spirit, reality and truth, masculinity and
femininity. . . And “there is a potential integration between God, human
and nature”. Therefore wasting the natural resources -including health,
prodigality and dissipation are strictly forbidden.
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