Monday, December 12, 2022

Don't Waste Your Time and Energy on Geocentric and Heliocentric Models: See the Ever-Swelling Number of Ex-Muslims

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 12 December 2022 It saddens me no end to see armchair exegetes and apologists of Islam and Quran waste their time over absolutely meaningless issues like geocentric and heliocentric models. How can this futile debate be of any tangible use to any sane person or Muslim? A 'genius' is applying his mathematical acumen to prove the unerring accuracy and sequence of Quranic verses while suicide bombers are killing innocent people all over the world. “If even one person misunderstands and misuses the teachings of a scripture, the moral onus is on the entire mankind, not just on that person or his community. In that case, that scripture must be studied all over again, rewritten according to contemporary contexts and made unambiguous even to a child, “wrote Rabindranath Tagore to his Irish friend and fellow Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats. Both Tagore and Yeats never believed in the authenticity of the scriptures of their respective faiths and were nominal faithful individuals who seldom, if ever, visited a temple or church. But they were humanitarians. The armchair Muslim 'scholars' living in ivory towers must emulate these greats who put humans above religions, books and even god/s. When a book, full of contradictions and written in flawed Arabic, becomes a book of divine guidance for a whole Ummah and creates so much bad-blood, isn't it advisable to toss away that book forever to live peacefully with all humans irrespective of their religions and sects? How long will Muslims continue to kill fellow humans in the name of Islam? Most of the Muslims seem to be suffering from the Error of Accuracy and Commitment Syndrome; unwavering commitment to Quran, Hadees and Sunnah. They've refused to accept the fact that their desert faith must desert primitivism to keep pace with modernism. Ironically, Quran's perceived accuracy has become its error! In other words, Islam and Quran are hoist with their own petard. That's why the term 'liberal Muslim' has become an oxymoron like ' an honest politician ' or 'happily married.' You're either honest or a politician or either happy or married, just like either a liberal or a Muslim. Coming back to the subject of discussing a host of utterly useless religious phenomena and tenets of Islam, it'll be far better to introspect and shelve Quran and Muhammad's spurious teachings for a while. It's also time to ask yourselves why the rest of the world avoids, if not abhors, Muslims. Please don't tell me, many westerners are embracing Islam to prove me wrong. Mind you, those coming out of the fold of Islam, outnumber those who're converting to it. See the ever-swelling number of ex-Muslims. ---- 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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