Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Muslim Intelligentsia Is Still Stuck In Islam and Quran: A Polite Rejoinder to Mr Shanavas

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 29 November 2022 The Habit Of Islam Being The Be-All And End-All And Blindly Considering This Faith To Be An Inventory Of Universal Wisdom Ails The Muslim Intelligentsia And They Distort Facts To Suit Their Agenda Of Islamic Supremacism ------ Most of the Muslims (NOT ALL) suffer from jump on the bandwagon syndrome and vulturing (a sociological term coined by the sociologist Bruno Latour). I'm saying this to prove Mr Shanavas' (Islamic) rejoinder to my article in which I pooh-poohed Adam and Eve as mankind's 'spiritual' parents. One more Muslim butted in unnecessarily. This is called Vulturing. Vultures have a habit of seeing and poking into the rotten flesh even if they're not hungry. Mr Shanavas, who's an out and out Muslim and is adept at theological conceits, says, it is estimated that modern human was created from earlier species 200,000 years ago. I say, even more! Happy? Fossils and DNA suggest people looking like us, anatomically modern Homo sapiens, evolved around 300,000 years ago. Surprisingly, archaeology – tools, artefacts, cave art – suggest that complex technology and cultures, “behavioural modernity”, evolved more recently: 50,000-65,000 years ago. This is what I meant in my piece. It's not the dysfunctional existence but the functional presence (with cognitive faculty) that's of paramount importance. Starting about 65,000 to 50,000 years ago, more advanced technology started appearing: complex projectile weapons such as bows and spear-throwers, fishhooks, ceramics, sewing needles. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Also Read: Allah Sent Prophets To All Nations: A Reply To Mr. Sumit Paul --------------------------------------------------------------------- As for his objection to calling Zoroastrianism as the earliest Monotheistic faith that came into being 4,000 years ago, I must quote one of the leading neurologists in the world, Sultan Terlaci and a great sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, " Semblance of monotheistic religiosity among discrete cults and groups across the globe and also predating modern organized religions cannot be cited as definite examples of either monotheism or polytheism. That's animism and religio-tribalism. When you pare a cult down to bare minimum, it's naturally monotheistic. Deities add on and get accrued with time. This process progresses independently without a link because fear of the unknown is a generic concept integral to human psyche and genetics." As regards, Adam and Eve, should I laugh or cry? Mr Shanavas, however hard you may try, you cannot prove that Adam and Eve ever existed because these individuals never graced or disgraced the earth. For your reference, science tells us that Adam and Eve are fictions. That Saint Paul or Uncle Tom Cobley and all thought otherwise is irrelevant. They were wrong. This is not to say that they were stupid or careless. Two thousand years ago, for a Jew to believe in Adam and Eve was perfectly sensible. But time moves on and with it our understanding of the world around us, and old beliefs have to give way to new ones. Aristotle thought that some people were born to be slaves. He was wrong. St. Paul thought we are descended from Adam and Eve. He was wrong ( ----------------------------------------------------- Also Read: The Civilizational Myth of Adam and Eve ----------------------------------------------------- Scientists can trace our maternal and paternal lines back to a woman and man who lived a long time ago, but they ain't the Biblical or Semitic Adam and Eve. People refer to these two individuals as “mtEve” and “Y-Adam. This habit of Islam being the be-all and end-all and blindly considering this faith to be an inventory of universal wisdom ails the Muslim intelligentsia and they distort facts to suit their agenda of Islamic supremacism. Lastly, Prophethood is a Semitic concept, limited to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Hinduism believes in Avtarvaad, which's based on the concept of the immortality and indestructibility of the soul and reincarnation. The Teerthankars of Jainism and Dalai Lamas in Buddhism are not prophets in the usual sense of the term. Pitakas in Buddhism and Agams in Jainism don't treat Buddha and Mahavir as prophets because both the faiths are atheistic in nature. They're Sambuudham and Kaivalyam respectively, not your conventional prophet/s. So, I'm afraid, your claim that the Supreme Being sent prophets to all nations and civilizations, doesn't hold water. ----- A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian…. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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