Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Modernizing Islam?


I've noticed lately on forums that I read, lectures that I hear and sites that I visit, that people are trying to modernize Islam. I am of the understanding that it does not need any modernizing at all. I think that over time, like anything else Islam has become Americanized... Muslims now want to celebrate fake holidays like mothers day.. they don't see anything as bid'ah and seem to forget what it even means..
I get called out a lot for being 'judgmental'. I like to see it as my duty as a Muslim to point out to my brothers and sisters what they may be doing wrong. This in itself is very difficult. No one wants to hear it, and everyone seems to resent it. When I try to back myself up with Quran and sunnah people just say I'm too extreme... sigh... whats a girl to do?

We can exist in this modern world without compromising our religion. We don't need to watch 'dancing with the stars', we don't need to participate in made up holidays, and we don't need to listen to the top 40 radio station! I think that we all need to remind ourselves of our purpose in this dunya... to worship Allah alone. To do that, we need to follow his commandments. To do that, we need to expand our knowledge and constantly seek the truth.

1 comment:

Modern Muslimah said...

I understand your feeling that we shouldn't compromise the deen and I agree. I guess where the gray area comes in (and there is a lot of gray area) is on what this means. I guess as I progress in the deen more, I realise that every group of Muslims has bid'ah, even in things that are part of the deen.

Every Muslim believes that he/she is following the Qur'an and Sunnah including those who celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and Mother's Day. Muslims who do celebrate these holidays actually provide daleel from the Qur'an and Sunnah as well.

So I guess what I'm saying is that to a certain extent, there will always be difference in how we (the ummah) practice the deen because people have brains and they think differently. This includes scholars and lay people alike. Muslims will interpret the Qur'an and Sunnah in different ways. So things may not be as black and white as they appear on first sight.