We should never attempt to alter Islam to conform to the ways of the modern world, as is proposed by the modernists; but, we should instead alter the ways of the modern world to conform to the timeless truths of Islam. Modernism includes a reinterpretation of the Qur’an and other sources of Islamic belief, which sometimes results in an ‘altered’ understanding of Islam. This is a dangerous process and can lead to deviationist belief. Islam does not need to be ‘reinterpreted’, but instead we need unending progressive interpretation so that we can continually better and more accurately understand the basic truths of Islamic knowledge. The basic truths of Islam can never change, but they can be better understood. Progressive interpretation is not modernism; it is well placed within the traditions of scholarship in Islam.
by imran | February 8, 2006 · 9:40 am