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About Moderate Enlightenment

So what is this ‘moderate enlightenment’ lark?

It is moderate – the path between the two extremes and falsehoods. And who can ever be more moderate than our Noble Messenger of Allah, sallalaahu ‘alaihi wassalam. So if it is good enough for Him, it is good enough for this blog.

It is also enlightened – not the false enlightenment of the Europeans, but the true enlightenment of Islam; the enlightenment which invites mankind away from the slavery of man, out of the darkness of man-made ideologies, and to the light and beauty of loving Allah with sincerity and with hope . . .

And finally, it is not ‘enlightened moderation’. We shall leave that to the Commander-in-Chief and his acolytes. Islam is moderate, by its very purpose; Islam is enlightenment, by its very definition; but it is not, never has been, and never will be ‘enlightened moderation‘. But does the Generalissimo get it?

Does he get that “moderation” in Islam does not mean abandoning the Sunnah as he imagines, but rather, in Islam, being moderate means following and adhering to the Sunnah?

Islam is the middle path, between the two extremes of Christianity and Judaism; it is the middle path between the two falsehoods of atheism and polytheism; and it is the middle path between the two deceits of hedonism and monasticism… So yes, it is moderate, as long as one is clinging to the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

 

Moderate

“And be moderate in your walking, and lower your voice . . . ” (Luqman 31:19)

Moderate
1 : avoiding extremes of behaviour or expression : observing reasonable limits
2 : professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme

Enlightenment
“Allâh is the light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon light! Allâh guides to His light whom He wills. And Allâh sets forth parables for mankind, and Allâh is All-Knower of everything.” (An-Nur 24:35)

Enlightenment
1. the act or means of imparting spiritual insight

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