The “liberals” of every age have been giving the same arguments in different forms. In the light of Quran, these arguments are:


1- Islam is old fashioned:

“Verily, this we have been promised, we and our fathers before! This is only the tales of the ancients!” (23:83)
“When Our Verses (of the Quran) are recited to him, he says: “Tales of the men of old!” (68:15)


2- Islam is only practiced by losers and dumb unintellectual extremists:

“So the chief of the disbelievers among them said: “…You are followed only by the weak and degraded people who do not think.” (11:27)


3- We want Enlightenment and not the stone age:

“Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the darkness perpetual over you till the Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you enlightenment? Will ye not then hearken?” (28:71)
“This [Qur’an] is enlightenment for mankind and guidance and mercy for a people who are certain [in faith].” (45:20)
“There has come to you enlightenment from your Lord. So whoever will see does so for [the benefit of] his soul, and whoever is blind [does harm] against his soul.” (6:104)


4- Islam needs readjustment according to modern norms and way of life:

“They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so they (too) would compromise with you (in return).” (68:9)


5- Do not drag Islam in every topic:

“And when Allah Alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who believe not in the Hereafter are filled with disgust and when those besides Him (other theories and personalities) are mentioned, behold, they rejoice!” (39:45)


6- Our lifestyles are backed by intellectuals and what we are doing is the actual Islam:

“And when they commit an immorality, they say, “We found our fathers (intellectuals) doing it, and Allah has ordered us to do it.” Say, “Indeed, Allah does not order immorality. Do you say about Allah that which you do not know?” (7:28)


7- Super powers are the ideal model and the ones to turn to and seek help and judgement:

“Do they then seek the judgement of Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith..And you see those in whose hearts there is a disease (of hypocrisy), they hurry to their friendship, saying: “We fear lest some misfortune of a disaster may befall us.” Perhaps Allah may bring a victory or a decision according to His Will. Then they will become regretful for what they have been keeping as a secret in themselves.” (5:50-52)


8- Fear of loss of economy. “If we follow the Islam of mullahs, we would be left impoverished.”:

“They say: “If we were to follow the guidance with you, we should be snatched away from our land (economy).” (28:57)
“They said: “O Shu’aib! Does your Salat (prayer) command. . .that we leave off doing what we like with our property? Verily, you are the forbearer, right-minded!” (They said this sarcastically). (11:87)

[courtesy: Br Mohammad Ali from Islamic Brothers]


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