Summary: Day in and day out, be it in east
and west, we all are often facing various dilemmas and unexpected comments,
fears and doubts specially since 9/11. it is time for muslims to come fwd and
intermingle within themselves and with the other communities they live with in
order to find and share the facts rather than myths; and clarify their
misconceptions together. insh'Allah.
Lapse, Not Collapse! Muslims' Renaissance
Multiple & enormous works and discoveries in Scientific fields including
Medicine, Astronomy, Mathematics, Architecture, you name it! and the Golden era
of knowledge & skills by our Muslim ancestors during the period over 600 years
ago~ and before that the final Message & revival as well as the completion of
the Abrahimic Mission by Prophet Muhammad sws & his unbeatable team~ all sounds
incredibly fascinating ~alhamdulillah for this; However we ought to remember
that revival or Renaissance of this history is not a task of a single quick
At the times when Muslims achieved all this, they were at the heights of their
faith & hence character. Today's Muslims have to go through a tremendous Islamic
Renaissance within themselves which itself is a task of years, perhaps at least
another century or more as my friends will say, in order to become the beacons
of faith & knowledge & skills again~ as a nation. individually we can still find
the examples but because of the general situation of Islam & Muslims today,
there are more hurdles for us than support; the baggage that has come to us and
our next generations from the previous centuries' stagnancy has produced
innumerable reservations like the unwanted i.d’s of 'terrorist' and 'extremist'.
You take a step forward into a direction as an apparently practicing Muslim,
even if keeping just the basics like fasting, just praying regularly or trying
to keep your dress cuts within modesty, and these titles await you like speed
In order to achieve this & to remove these misconceptions & dilemmas, whether we
call it media hoax and made-up stories or whatever, it's not only Muslims that
need to be educated, rather people from all faiths have a right & duty to
understand about each other and the communities that we live amongst, that what
are the facts.
Without one or the other, it will be like trying to fly a bird or an aero plane
on one wing.........may God help us understand this fact amen.
However there is no room for despair 'coz Lapse is not a Collapse!!