By Shafiul Huq
The language in which we articulate ourselves politically is inseparable from the the ideas in which our politics is grounded. Too often, Muslims and “community leaders” use terms and ideas that exist outside of Islam while ostensibly trying to defend it.
So why would Muslim leaders stand themselves so close to ideals and notable people that are time and again implemented to beat down on the very notion of Islam?
Atheists, especially those infatuated with science, these days increasingly seem to be arguing against causality. Their proof? Quantum physics. It is claimed that, at a subatomic level, “virtual particles” come into being out of nothing. The conclusion they draw from this is that not necessarily everything that is originated has a cause. Certain things can come into being without a cause. On this basis, some atheists avoid the question of the origin of the universe and either outright deny, or at least, are skeptical of the proposition that the origination of the universe should have a cause.
Muslims around the world strove to sight the crescent overnight in compliance with the command of the Messenger of Allah (saw) to begin and end fasting by the sighting of the crescent.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The armies of this Ummah will be sent to Sind and Hind” (Ahmad).
Indeed they were sent, and they opened Al-Hind to a subsequent 1200-odd years of Islamic rule in the Indian Subcontinent – a period in which Islam and its adherents made significant religious, artistic, philosophical, cultural, social and political contributions.