Believers are all Muslim, ‘as Islam existed from time immemorial’
“OPEN Mosque opens heart and doors to embrace Jews and Christians” (Argus, December 5) refers.
The misconception that Islam is the exclusive domain of Islam’s final prophet, Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) needs introspection.
In a lecture by Professor Moshe Sharon in an address at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he says: “There is an attitude of Islam to history. That means that all major figures of history are Muslim. From Adam all figures are Muslim figures down to old times.
“Since the creation of the world there is only one religion and that is the religion of Islam. Solomon was a Muslim, David, Abraham, Isaac and Jesus were all Muslim.”
Therefore the Holy Qu’ran, which is a final summary of earlier revelations, talks about believers without any specific reference to any particular Prophet.
Islam means “submission to the Almighty”. Those who submit are referred to as Muslim.
In context, Professor Sharon therefore correctly states that we as believers are all Muslim, as Islam existed from time immemorial.
Wahhabism has little to do with Islam but is driven by a political agenda in subjugating and containing Islam in advancing geopolitical ambitions by monopoly capitalists.
There is no comparative Islam, and hence my failure in understanding the writer in advancing what he refers to as “pristine Islam”.
Singling out Muslims in random killings of “non-Muslims” is a simplistic and populist narrative of an understanding of politics of the day, fitting in perfectly with social engineering that terrorism and Islam are one. A correction: Why be selective? The acts of “blasphemy” imposed on a Pakistani Christian woman condemning her to death were driven by a cultural, populist and emotional misconception in Pakistani society equating it to Islam.
This was rightfully overturned by the Pakistani court of appeal labelling it un-Islamic.
World Wars I and II claimed the lives of 95 million people.
Must we blame Christianity for these unforgivable atrocities? LATHIF GAFOOR Retreat