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In the latest tragedy to befall the already devastated Muslims of Myanmar, Thai police have shot dead a Rohingyan Muslim from Myanmar during a mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand.
In the latest bizarre move that turn the screws further on an already embattled Muslim community in Switzerland (following minaret and halal food controversies over the last few years) 2 Muslim students who refused to shake the hands of female teachers will now face a $5,000 fine .
“I left Baghdad and did not leave behind me anyone more virtuous, more learned, more knowledgeable than Ahmad ibn Hanbal.” – Imam al-Shafi`i
“The true Shaykh of Islam and leader of the Muslims in his time, the hadith master and proof of the Religion.” – Imam al-Dhahabi
With the blood of Muslims flowing in many parts of the world, this is a hadith that is ever so relevant in our times. The Messenger of Allah’s (ﷺ) awe of the Ka’bah as he circles it brings out from him (ﷺ) praises of the Ka’bah’s scent, magnificence and its sanctity. However, his immediate comparison of the Ka’bah’s scent, magnificence and sanctity to the sanctity of a Muslim, his wealth and blood immediately displaces the humanly awe of one of the most sanctimonious symbols of Islam.
One of the consequences of the European “Enlightenment” was the relegation of religion, in the name of reason and inquiry, away from the public sphere of life to the private domain alone. This has resulted in a conception of religion in contemporary Western thought different to that in the Islamic tradition. Religion in the West is conceived as a set of rituals, moral principles and, at the most, some rules whereby a person guides or regulates his or her private life. As for questions of economics, financial transactions, social interaction, judicial principles and politics, this is the domain of enlightened human reason, not divine injunction.
It is now no secret that governments in the West are seeking to build a version of Islam specific to the places Muslims find themselves. The strategies we now see implemented have been developed over some 2 decades (if not more). In this article, we look back to one key report (and its recommendations) by the RAND Corporation in 2003 that set the groundwork for much of what was to come in the subsequent years.