Sunday, September 25, 2011

Urdu Section
24 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
A Five-point Agenda for Islamic World to Get Rid of Backwardness

By Asghar Ali Engineer

Religious freedom is very fundamental to the Quran and no genuine faith (imaan) is possible without genuine freedom of conscience. Today we hardly find religious freedom in Islamic world and it is one of the causes of our stagnation. The moment one exercises such freedom one attracts Fatwa of kufr. Our great institutions of Islamic learning like al-Azhar of which one can just be proud suffer from the same problem. When one of its great scholars Abu Zaid Nasir tried to understand tanzil and tawil (revelation and understanding revelation by human beings) he was immediately declared kafir and even his marriage was declared invalid and he had to flee from Egypt.--Asghar Ali Engineer (Translated from English by Samiur Rahman,

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