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Islâmic Civilization in History and its Significance

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My Sustaining-Lord! Increase me in knowledge


Tâ-Hâ (20):114

Where we live in a world in which every civilization is indebted to one another at some level, there seems to be a sort of western fear of accepting the contributions of the Islâmic civilization and its proper place in history. As a former diplomat, journalist Michael Hamilton Morgan writes in the introduction of his National Geographic publication:

… A Muslim history that was about invention, creativity, big ideas, tolerance, and coexistence. It is a Muslim history that had been more intellectually accomplished than Christian Europe of the day, and a Muslim past where Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists had flourished and worked together. It is a culture that had seeded the European Renaissance and enabled many aspects of the modern West and global civilization. It is a history that by the beginning of the 21st century had been forgotten, ignored, misunderstood, suppressed, or even rewritten.[1]

Howard R. Turner writes: “Muslim artists and scientists, princes and laborers together created a unique culture that has directly and indirectly influenced societies on every continent.”

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Religious Plurality vs. Social Plurality

Let there be no compulsion (force) in religion (way of life),
Truth stands clear from error/falsehood

Al-Baqara (2):256

Kalima

Compulsion is contrary to the meaning and purpose of religion, which essentially is an appeal to beings endowed with free choice to affirm and worship their Creator. Intention and volition are necessary bases of all actions, attitudes, and thoughts for which the individual is religiously accountable. Without that basis, accountability has no meaning. According to Islâm, actions are not considered religiously acceptable or valid unless they are done with the appropriate intentions. Compulsion also contradicts the religious-legal principle that actions are to be judged only by intentions. Prophet ﷺ communicated as revealed to him by Allâh:

O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself
and have made it forbidden amongst you,
so do not oppress one another.

Hadith Qudsi, 17

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This series of audio lectures are probably one of the best introductions to understanding Islam as it is and as it relates to today’s world.

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“One of the great cliches of comparative religion is that the higher aspects of religious experience can not be conveyed in human languages”

“It’s not sufficiently acknowledged, between the 8th and 16th century Islam was the dominant civilization”

“More than 38% of the world Muslims live as minorities, China 40 million, India 100 million, America 15 million”

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“…the tahajjud (Night Vigil Prayers) is when the real spiritual work is traditionally done”
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“Qur’an is essentially telling us is that creation is a sign, the whole of existance is a sign…we’re given the tools… we need to decode the signs” (Hamza Yusuf)

“Islamic revivalism can be interpreted as the second intervention of Islam in trying to bring Western civilization into balance. When Europe of the middle ages preoccupied with a religious supremacy which even ruled over reason and science, it was Islam which introduced Greek rationalism and science into Europe…Islam gave the west through its Arabian universities much of the source material of the enlightenment which made the west what it now is. Today Islam is trying to reintroduce the idea of Holy into a western society…” (Thomas Cleary quotes from a British Economy Magazine)

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