Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:34AM
Reform and modernity in Islam
Reform and modernity in Islam
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Modernity is one of the major challenges facing the Muslim world today. Contrary to common belief, Islam is not against modernity. This is clear from the narration of Imam Ali, who states that when raising children, parents should not raise them as they themselves were raised.

They should keep in mind the modern environment in which the children are growing and raise them in accordance with that. Basic values and principles of Islam and its moral framework cannot change but there is always room in Islam for new thinking in all walks of life, from politics to social interaction.

The trajectory of the development of the secular modernity concept is based on western historical experience and development and yet it is classified with a universal mandate which imposes that history on the entire world.  Why?  Surely we need to start challenging the very parameters of the debate that we are engaging in?