Red, White and Black


The Muslim Manifesto
20 March, 2006, 4:57 pm
Filed under: Islam

The muslimmanifesto.org is an attempt to make the voices of the moderate Muslims heard. The main points of the manifesto are thus:

A zeal for Allah is rightful only when it is expressed in an enlightened manner, since Allah himself has ordained a restrained response. When the early Muslims were mocked by their pagan contemporaries, the Koran ordered not a violent backlash, but rather a civilized disapproval: “When you hear Allah’s verses being rejected and mocked at by people, you must not sit with them till they start talking of other things.” (Koran 4:140)

We also believe that terrorist acts can never be justified or excused. None of the challenges Muslims face, such as oppression or military occupation, can justify attacks against non-combatants. In the Holy Koran, Allah orders Muslims to “never let hatred of anyone lead you into the sin of deviating from justice.” (5:8)

Supported by the Koran’s affirmation that “there is no compulsion in religion” (2:256), we cherish religious liberty.

We support and cherish democracy — not because we reject the sovereignty of the Almighty over people, but because we believe that this sovereignty is manifested in the general will of people in a democratic and pluralistic society.

We accept the legitimacy of the secular state and the secular law. Islamic law, or sharia, was developed at a time when Muslims were living in homogenous communities. In the modern world, virtually all societies are pluralistic, consisting of different faiths and of different perceptions of each faith, including Islam. In this pluralistic setting, a legal system based on a particular version of a single religion cannot be imposed on all citizens. Thus, a single secular law, open to all religions but based on none, is strongly needed.

We believe that women have the same inalienable rights as men. We strongly denounce laws and attitudes in some Islamic societies that exclude women from society by denying them the rights of education, political participation and the individual pursuit of happiness.

We regard Christianity and Judaism as sister faiths in the common family of Abrahamic monotheism. We strongly denounce anti-Semitism, which has been alien to Islam for many centuries but which unfortunately has gained popularity among some Muslims in recent decades.

In short, we strongly disagree with and condemn those who promote or practice tyranny and violence in the name of Islam. We hope that their misguided deeds will not blacken our noble religion — which is indeed a path to God and a call for peace.

We encourage Muslim political, social, community and business leaders to sign onto the Manifesto so that the authentic peaceful and civilized message of Islam will be heard.

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That is an awesome manifesto! A perspective on Islam that is hidden from the world so far.

However, why does the manifesto not acknowledge the existence of religions other than Christianity and Judaism. There are several other religions that make modern society pluralistic such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Sikhism and many more I’m sure. A macrocosmic view of world religions would add to the manifesto’s credibility

Comment by I Me My

However, why does the manifesto not acknowledge the existence of religions other than Christianity and Judaism.

Yeah, that is something lacking in the Manifesto. But I don’t think it’s becuase it other relgions are not considered, but because the Manifesto is addressing Muslims and reminding them of the People of the Book.

But yes yout point does hold.

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