July 18, 2014

From: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
To: My Fellow Muslims
Subject:WE THE MODERATE MUSLIMS

My Dear Fellow Muslims,

As-Salaam Alay-Kum

My first question to all of you “The Readers” is, “Did any one of you know how many people are reading blogs?” Another question that comes to my mind is, “Does anyone have any idea as to how many posts are being published every single month?” The correct answers as provided by “WordPress.com” are as follows:

Over 409 million people view more than 14.4 billion pages each month.

Over 42.6 million new posts approximately 51.6 million comments are
posted each month.

My second question is, “How many Muslims are reading out of these posts and/or comments out of 409 million people?” Of course, the preference of the Muslims is to read more of the negative news, suffer irritation and indulge into verbal abuses. Such a trend in our thinking process has now become more of a routine with those who willingly participate in any debate in the Islamic forums out in the cyberspace. It is truly sad, but such is the state of affairs due to our minds being always inclined to entertain negative thoughts most of the time which has crippled our ability to focus upon the positive and spiritual message of Islam.

My third question is, “Did any one of you bother to realize how we the Muslims have converted our religion into a “Ritualistic Mode” and turned far away from the “Spiritual Message” of our Holy Quran? Why should we care, as we have long surrendered our “Right of Intellectual Thinking” to our so-called Ulemas who are busy interpreting the verses of Holy Quran in a flat, literalist, isolationist, manner disregarding its holistic message and mitigating verses. This has contributed to their teaching notions such as religious bigotry, supremacism, sectarianism, triumphalism, violence and intolerance which are antithetical to the Qur’anic message. Furthermore, their Friday sermons and religious narratives, draw on Islam’s medieval discourses and fail to activate the Muslim youth to any forward-thinking, intellect-building or excelling in their respective lawful pursuits such as attainment of knowledge or accomplishment in the various areas of life as implicit in the Qur’anic message.

To be brutally honest, I have long been forewarning that if the “Moderate Muslims” do not engage in any honest and healthy debate about our current crisis of the Muslim world, then there is no hope for the Islamic civilization to survive for long. Thinking that our fellow humans will sit ideal and accept the immoral and ruthless behavior of our deadly “Jihadists” is nothing but a wishful thinking. I have always maintained that the “Islamophobe” industry is the sole creation of our negligence in not portraying the true message of the Quranic verses to the world at large. Why lay the blame on those who do not follow Islam?

In my blog www.whythesilence.com I have dedicated one section The Wisdom of Holy Quran to the writings of one Hashim Amir Ali (May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace). In this blog  http://www.wethemoderatemuslims.com I have not only allocated Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s, one of the greatest Islamic scholars (May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace) pragmatic thoughts on four most important subjects, which are: “Forgiveness, “Righteousness, “The Straight Path” and “The Unity of Man, but I went even further and requested Muhammad Yunus, a dedicated Islamic scholar to generously share his inner thoughts into the Qur’anic message, as expounded in a recently published authenticated work, “Essential Message of Islam” which he co-authored with a distinguished Islamic scholar, Ashfaque Ullah Syed.

On reading Yunus Saheb’s articles, I was very much impressed with his vast knowledge of Islam, and more so about his in-depth study of the Holy Quran. On appreciating the tag line which I chose for the blog , that is, QAD A’FLAHA MAN TAZAKKA ~ But he will prosper – Who purifies himself, Yunus Saheb went one step ahead and honestly elaborated his wholehearted belief in the following Quranic verses:

wa nafsin wa ma sawwaha

fa alhamahuma fujuraha wa taqwaha

“God has intricately balanced (sawwaha) human ego (nafs) and
imbued it with both moral depravity and moral uprightness (taqwa)

Surah: Al-Shams (The Sun) ~ Chapter: 91 – Verse: 7 & 8

Enlightened minds of Muslims, though far and few, must take serious note of such Quranic verses and try to comprehend its impact on the human minds. Unfortunately, our Ulemas concentration has been far more on the ritual deeds and far less on the spiritual bliss which our Holy Quran continuously and persistently reminds Muslims to acquire. Sadly today, the Islamic world is in the state of turmoil owing mainly to Muslims who have stopped practicing the art of “Reading” and understanding our own “Divine Book – Alif Laam Meem Za_likal kita_bu la_ raiba fihi hudal lilmuttaqin.” as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) during the blessed month of Ramadhan. Simply put, WE THE MODERATE MUSLIMS must wake up before it is too late.

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“This is the book; there is no doubt in it. It is a guide for those who
are mindful of God.”

Surah: Al-Baqarah (The Heifer) ~ Chapter: 2 – Verse: 2

Yunus Saheb and I do not need any compliments. Our earnest request is to all of you during this Holy Month of Ramadhan is to take out some of your valuable time from your busy schedule to glance at the blog. Surely, all “The Readers” will agree that any “Moderate Muslims” belonging to a decent family will not appreciate negative comments. Therefore, while passing on your comments to the email which we have dedicated: human@wethemoderatemuslims.com try your best to convey positive as well as enlightening messages only. From our personal experience, Yunus Saheb and I have come to learn that there are quite a number of our fellow Muslims turned “Ex-Muslim,who enjoy assaulting our religion of Islam in any way they can.

Never listen to the Intellectual Bigots who come across as showing sympathy for the “Moderate Muslims, but their ultimate hidden agenda is hard to understand. In fact, being caught in the midst of “Illiterate Brutes” who are on the killing spree, it is high time that we the Muslims from all walks of life make serious efforts to understand the humanistic and pluralistic dimensions of the Qur’anic message and its emphasis on, among other things, peace, justice, forgiveness and positive interaction with the ‘others’ so that we can prevent our children from radicalization by terrorist ideologues, and from apostasy, blasphemy and retrogressive arguments by a handful of “Intellectual Bigots” who are always fully prepared to scorn the real, spiritual message of our Holy Quran.

All in all, it is imperative that we speak with one voice against all the mayhem caused by the “Muslim Terrorists” in the name of Islam as the Quran does not allow any retaliatory killing of innocent people or any other form of terrorism against common civilians. With this, I do humbly welcome you to my just inaugurated blog/website which is devoted to appeal to the minds of “Moderate Muslims” who seem to stay aloof and have lost sight of the vital Quranic doctrine which explicitly states, “al-amr bi ‘l-maʿruf wa ‘n-nahy ʿan al-munkarEnjoin the good (ma’aruf); forbid the evil (munkar).” I, therefore, invite you to browse through the blog, read its articles and better yet, listen attentively to the recitation of some of the most spiritually enriching Suras of the Quran by one of the world’s most famous reciters of the Quran, Qari Abdul Basit ‘Abd us-Samad (May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace).

Wishing all of our Muslim brothers and sisters to have a blessed month of Ramadhan. May Almighty Allah bless each and every Muslim family around the world during these difficult times for all of us.

Compassionately yours,

Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia

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ESSENTIAL MESSAGE OF ISLAM

For those who have the moral will, the book I introduce here will prove to be an invaluable reference source on the Islamic faith. For those who do not wish to be participants in the perpetuation of religious bigotry and hate, this book will provide an accurate, thoughtful, and reliable introduction to Muslim beliefs and practices.  I wish we lived in a world in which this book would become a standard reference source for students of religion who are interested in an accurate introduction to the religion of Islam. The best thing I can say about this book is that it is the product of a labor of love that lasted for more than a decade. The authors do not offer a personalized view of their own religiosity; they explain in a very straightforward and accessible fashion what mainstream Muslims believe in and especially, WHAT THE QURAN ITSELF TEACHES

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Non-Muslims will understand why well over a billion people call themselves Muslim and also how Islam inspires Muslims to deal with and improve upon the world in which they live. Indeed this book manages to translate the Muslim vision or the way that Islam heals the ailments of humanity in the current age and every age. Readers who wish to learn the theological and moral dogma of Islam will find this book indispensable. But this book is not just an informative tool for the fair-minded and interested reader. This book is an educational tool for both Muslims and non-Muslims — it is an authoritatively reliable text to teach young Muslims, or even Muslims who never had the time to study the Qur’an, or the fundamentals of their religion. The book is written with the kind of balance and fair mindedness that makes it equally valuable for Muslim and non-Muslim students of Islam. The least I can say about this text is that it was written by two ethically conscientious and principled Muslims in order to share their religion with every ethically conscientious and principled reader in the world. They must be heard.

Dr. Khaled M. Abou El Fadl
Alfi Distinguished Professor of Islamic law
UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW

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