Like you all, terrorism or extremism by any religion, including Muslim, bothers me deeply. I have always been of the opinion that the onus of introspecting and changing practices and rituals are strictly upon the followers of the ideology. For many years now, I have had this feeling that, it is time for Muslims to introspect and change. The time has really come now that the world has started reacting to aggressive radicalism, violence and the definition of Jihad.
I have been following Gulen and his Hizmet movement for sometime. Fathullah Gulen is a Muslim radical thinker from Turkey and has been spearheading this reform within Muslim Community.
This blog is circulated to a very handful of friends whom I consider iconoclasts and intellectuals. Here, I request you all to share your thoughts and provide balanced feedback without a bias towards Muslim religion and a benevolent feeling towards their religious philosophy.
My initial attempt is to understand the issues from differing perspective and eventually, I will share my thoughts and ideas. As I talk and discuss this with my Muslim brothers, I realize there is a strong feeling to change. However, there is no voice to guide them and if at all it emerges, that voice is snubbed with violence. Please spread this message from Mr. Fathullah Gulen to your Muslim brothers. This is an extra ordinary work and a singular and exemplary movement that spells awakening not alone with followers of Islam but also provides a path for other religions to introspect and open. Please forward this work within your Muslim brothers.
Of note, like Hizmet, other religions should come forward and introspect and flush few of those centuries old traditions and precepts, that have become obsolete in the contemporary scenario. Truly speaking, our relationship to God is unlikely to change simply because we change few of those old obsolete malfunctional ideas. It is likely, he will bless for reinvigorating his ideology.
A very Lucid and small book by F Gulen Click the link to download and read). perspective-muslim-countering-violence
COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM : MUJAHADA and MUSLIMS’ RESPONSIBILITY (Brussels, March 2016)