The Dangers of Sectarian Conflicts and Means to Confront Them

The Dangers of Sectarian Conflicts and Means to Confront Them

  • 3 June 2015

It is true that there is a conspiracy to ignite strife inside Islam with the aim of bringing about its implosion—albeit people differ as to who the parties behind this evil plan and its implementation are. Some people believe it to be the work of major non-Islamic nations; others suggest that one Islamic nation is using sectarian strife to impose its hegemony over the region. However, the Islamic Arab Council believes that there are a combination of external (non-Islamic) and internal (Islamic) factors in play.

In this context we find the phenomenon of “Islam within Islam”; i.e., those instigating strife within Islam adhere to their own interpretation of the Holy Koran and the prophet’s Hadith that deviate from the genuine mission of peaceful Islam, and upon which they rely to promote their own fabricated version of Islam.

The forces behind this phenomenon now seek to inflame sectarian and factional wars. If such wars are instigated by emphasizing different strains of Islam followed by different parties/factions, logically the solution lies in a return to true, unified Islam. Unfortunately, for complicated historical reasons this prospect has never been pursued. To reinvigorate this proposal, we should work seriously toward achieving reconciliation and rapprochement among conflicting Islamic creeds.

Alternatively, we may resort to a contemporary solution that can be drawn from modern nations, i.e. establishing a non-religious state (a nomocracy rather than a theocracy). In this proposed state, no creed should be declared as the official religion. Thus, it would be similar to a secular state in this respect; however, it would differ from a secular state by virtue of its general affiliation to Islamic law.

Undoubtedly, religious scholars and institutions can play prominent roles in either case: by unifying the stance of all Muslims or establishing a non-religious state. They should embody the leadership sought by Muslims, and possess the most effective means to carry out this duty—strictly controlled scholarly religious discourse.

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Wednesday 3 June 2015

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Wednesday 3 June 2015

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