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Islams Reformers

The bigotry of the religion reformers or bigots of science who surfaced lately to blame all previous scholars, basic fundamental beliefs or practices

Armenians, but the

Armenians, but the muftî of Boghazlayan, his hand on his chest full of îmân and his beard wet with tears, opposed the officials in the courts who had tortured the Armenians. Of old, Europeans, thinking that some bigoted Turks could be dangerous for non- Muslims, used to become hostile against real Muslims. By the way, today’s progressives call Muslims, who carry out Allah’s commands and abstain from prohibitions, e.g. those who perform salât and who have their wives and daughters covered when going out and who do not have alcoholic drinks, “bigots”. However, ‘bigotry’ or ‘obstinacy’ means ‘holding to one’s own sect and opinion and refusing others’ right words that are not agreeable with his’. A person who persistently defends an unright thing is called “bigot”. Bigotry is a bad habit which Islam rejects. When our master Rasûlullah (’alaihi ’s-salâm) was asked what Islam was, he said, “Islam means to esteem Allâhu ta’âlâ’s commands great and to pity His creatures.” Muslims who walk on the luminous path which Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) points out in this hadîth know that it will deserve a severe punishment in the next world to meddle with others’ rights no matter of what race, nation or religion they are. The abovementioned behaviour of a muftî shows obviously that no one will suffer harm from Muslims. Though in Islam working is for the benefit of individuals and of the society, Muslims’ purpose is a divine thing which is above this usefulness. It is natural and necessary to think of advantages, yet it is a shame, a defect and bad egoism to consider it superior to every purpose and one cannot escape this egoism by considering national feelings to be above everything. A person who behaves with such national feelings thinks that he also is of that nation and therefore he behaves more or less egoistically. As for the purpose that motivates Muslims, it is purer and nobler. Above all, every Muslim who works for Islam, for Allâhu ta’âlâ, behaves with great love and sacrifice. Advancement of his nation will be easier and firmer. It will not harm other nations. Muslim means one who takes his each step for Allâhu ta’âlâ and does all his reckonings within the consideration of His approval. Such a person cannot do any harm either to himself or to anybody. In contrast, those who abandon the religion and Allâhu ta’âlâ and who think of nationality devoid of religion may not, at least sometimes, behave rightfully and fairly against other nations. To be religious means to be for everybody as in the French proverb, “Chacun pour soi et Dieu pour tous.” – 92 –

The sixty-forth âyat of the sûrat âl ’Imrân says, “O Jews and Christians, who say, ‘We believe in Allah’s book’! Come to the word [îmân, six principles of îmân] on which we have no disagreement.” We refer this difference between the nationality that provides religious freedom and that does not to the arbitration of humanity! 38 - The reformer says: “In the Islamic family life, the man is the absolute ruler and the woman is the natural subject. In Anatolian villages there are women who work more than their husbands and who plough like their husbands. The man works outside and the woman works inside the house. They do not have time to go around or to divert. Their material and spiritual needs are quite limited. The man, crushed under poverty and oppression, tortures his wife as if he revenges himself on his wife. The woman obeys and never rebels. The man’s thought is not so extensive as to treat his wife rightfully and with pity. The woman’s intellect and thought are not so much as to look for the reasons why she endures all these hardships and for the way of escaping them. For this reason, divorce hardly occurs to her mind. In big cities, where people admire Europeans and try to be like them, divorce takes place more often. They lose Islamic customs, their personalities, their spirits, and the value of family. For such reasons as money, beast-like sexual desires and following the fashion, women also have to work. The religions, nationalities, ideas and feelings of these people, who are called ‘progressives’, are unlike one another. Especially the girls who have received education in Europe or America and come back have lost their spiritual values all the more. They live like Christian women. Their behaviours are insincere and imitative.” The religion reformer’s point of view and writing are reasonable here. We hear about those women who admire even Christian women’s confessing before the priest. How terrible an example of injuring the basis of our religion out of a craze of imitating Europeans and Americans! In Islam, one does not need be forgiven by a man before one can entreat Allâhu ta’âlâ to forgive one’s sins; let alone having one’s sins forgiven by a man, it is not permissible even to tell about one’s sins to another person. As it is a guilt to commit sins, it is another guilt to tell someone else about them. See this delicacy, this purity in our religion! While it would become one to admire this delicacy in Islam in protecting man’s dignity and honour, one should have fallen into the ditches of aberration dug for the progressives if one admires – 93 –

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