Abdul Rashid Moten
Islam is a complete, comprehensive civilization. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Yet, this simple religion is misunderstood by many. It is fashionable for some people to associate Islam with one system of life or the other. Some associate it with democracy as it is practiced in the West; others even likened Islam to communism. There are also others who consider Islamic way of life as somewhat akin to the dictatorship, albeit of an enlightened mind. These people are behaving like proverbial blind men whose descriptions of an elephant contradict each other and none of them could describe the true reality. The misunderstanding about Islam is augmented further by the media in the West as well as those Muslims educated in the West. The Western media have concentrated on Islamic fundamentalism and violent Islam as the only version of the religion. The Western educated Muslims propagate the type of Islam which conforms to Western culture and values. Some talk about the notion of a “liberal Islam” and its offshoot, the rational and enlightened Islam thus giving primacy to reason over revelation. One also finds some Muslims who borrow from the history of Christianity and advocate what is known as “liberation theology” in Islam. Indeed, there are those who identify Islam as part of a national identity. What is needed is a serious study of Islam and its prescribed way of life. Islam is a total system in which every aspect of life is linked to the other parts. The social, economic and political systems are rooted in the very sources of Islam, i.e. the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the words and practices of Muhammad (SAW). Every concept such as Qudrah (power), sultan, ummah, ibadah, din (religion), rab (master) and ilah must be understood by referring to the two divine sources. Reason definitely plays an important role but it must always be subservient to revelation. Islam means peace through submission to Allah (SWT). This journal aims to promote the true teachings of Islam by referring to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).