Saturday, March 1, 2008

Pluralism option for Muslims

Pluralism and coalition with majority, only option for Muslims

Posted February 28th, 2008 by Tarique AnwarIndian Muslim By staff reporter

New Delhi: Time has come for the Muslim world to adopt the Charter of Madinah, prepared by Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago, in its entirety, said Tunisian Islamic scholar Sheikh Rashid Ghannoushi in New Delhi yesterday.

Addressing a program organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on 27th February, Sheikh Ghannoushi, who is the leader of the Islamic Movement of Tunisia, said the charter was relevant today to face the challenges confronting Muslims across the globe. He said after migrating to Madinah, the Prophet prepared the charter in which equal rights and duties were assigned to all citizens of the Islamic State of Madinah -- polytheists, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Jews, however, were expelled later from the state because they had violated the charter. He said a movement could succeed only when it accepted multiplicity of religions, cultures and civilizations.

For Muslim minorities, who constitute one third of the entire Muslim Ummah, there are only three ways open: first that they adopt the ideology of division of state into Muslim and non-Muslim population; second, surrender themselves before the majority, and third, participate with non-Muslims. Of these three options, the last one will help Muslims to enjoy their rights, said Sheikh Ghannoushi. The other two options may push them to confrontation with the world or undignified life, said he who is living in London in exile.

Reviewing the state of various Islamic movements in the world, Sheikh Ghannoushi, who is one of the founding members of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), said the reason behind their failure was their non-acceptance of plurality. “Can it be imagined that a Christian can ever become president of Egypt?” he questioned. Taliban waged a Jihad but when Allah handed over a country to them, they could not follow the ideology of pluralism.

Link: : Madinah Charter

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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.