Last night I attended a lecture given by Dr Syeikh Umar Farouk Abdullah at the Hall of the Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan KL. The topic was on tolerance & respect for differences of opinions in Islam. It was very interesting and eloquently spoken. He covered the subject from the historical and civilizational perspectives with great knowledge, depth and understanding of the Quran and Hadiths as well as current and past Ulama which showed Islam as contained in the Quran about differences and tolerance and Allah telling us that He created human beings with all kinds and types of differences which are supposed to embrace, accept and associate with each other with love and friendship. After all, in Islam there is no compulsion. The Prophet S.A.W treats the others with love and respect. Based on the teachings, we should live in tolerance and respect other religions, faiths and cultures as demonstrated in India, Africa, Greece and Turkey. Similarly, this was the practice in Medina. It encourages and protects the other faiths and cultures including Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Jews premised with what is advocated in the Quran and Hadiths. In areas where there is already a clear meaning on a ruling, there is no necessity to interpret anymore. Except in areas where there is no clarity or could have the possibility of different meaning then in that situation, it could be debated and discussed and even interpreted if the person or persons have the competency and apply the right methodology. Islam is a positive contributor to knowledge and civilizations because it is willing to co-exist with others. Today the name of Islam is hijacked and it is worsened by propaganda and media distortions.. These people do not represent Islam or its culture and traditions.
FBSHApost@7 May 2016