When did Muslims close the door to reasoning? Scholars ask

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Panelists at a roundtable discussion on Islam and human rights today lamented the dearth of ijtihad, or independent reasoning, among modern Muslims which has led to the religion being uniquely hostile towards diverse views and interpretations.

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

According to the panellists, the Muslim world had flourished with scholars and ground-breaking scientists when the Mutazilites from a school that espouses reason and rational thought were influential, but has now resorted to suppressing dissent instead.

“In Islamic societies, compared to other societies, especially in the Western worlds, the variety, diversity of views is absolutely suppressed,” said Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, an emeritus professor of law at Universiti Teknologi Mara.

“So there’s only one view of Islam, the predominant view that comes out not only in foreign media but our own media. And I think that’s the big difference between Islam and other religions.” Read more