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Mission Statement

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to encourage people (Muslims and non-Muslims) to change their approach to understanding Islamic Positions if they really want to know the truths. A brief account is as follows:

Most Muslims, in the matters of our time, adopt the religious interpretations made by their sectarian, favored scholars on the assumption that they have deep knowledge or legitimacy. This way of following Islam is giving rise to constant disputes and innovations in Islamic regulations. At the same time, non-Muslims in general read a Qur’anic Statement and then make a claim about its meaning out of context. They also decry some of Qur’anic rulings because these conflict with that of modern ideology — regrettably without showing that the latter are based on facts and justice, and not on mere rhetoric. All these people are ignoring the pertinent facts:

(i) Error is human. So all of us, be they leaders, scholars, intellectuals, or scientists, are susceptible to error.

(ii) The scope of making errors in ideological matters is large because the area is permeated with deep-seated biases.

(iii) Many leaders, scholars, intellectuals and scientists have their personal agenda having to do with money, fame, social position, political interest, and the like.

The question is how to judge whether an exposition about Islam, be that of your own or someone else’s, is right or wrong. That is easy to find out.

One simply needs to develop one’s critical line of thought systematically and keep one’s mind open. First, one should see whether the speaker has given his or her ‟take” grounded in solid argument or mere rhetoric. If it is the latter, his or her case is without merit. If it is the former, one should check whether the premises are true and relevant, and the argumentation is valid. If any of these is at fault, this fact would in itself throw his or her case in doubt. Finally, one should never draw from a given Qur’anic reference something out of context — the subject, the background, the context of use, the historical situation, the speaker(s), the addressee(s), and the like (whatever may be applicable).

Furthermore, if possible, and this is very significant, one should participate in open discussions to double check whether he or she has gotten the point right or fallen into error. Regarding these discussions, they have to be point by point and as publicly interactive as possible. Today the most appropriate channel for it is an ‟uncensored internet forum”. Unlike other venues, it does not limit participants to a couple of debaters who do not obviously grasp all the aspects of Islam, which is quite extensive and covers all the religious as well as secular values (in the modern nomenclature).

As a result our mission is:
To provide a ‟focused, uncensored worldwide forum” so that every individual (Muslim or non-Muslim) can distinguish a right Islamic position, by participating in or observing critical discussions pursuing all pertinent angles. And in the process, the faults arising from ‟accepting the viewpoints of a few scholars” will come to the fore, indicating that the trend needs to be abandoned. There is no denying that, for a sound judgment, one must listen to the arguments of both sides (‟for” and ‟against”).

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