Hajar Mulder's views on Islam, religion, the news, politics.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
All In, We Can't Deny Existence Of Reliable Proof Of Islamic History
A large heritage of early Islam does exist, both in writing and in personal property of key figures and founding fathers. Much has been carefully preserved by the Ottomans and now by the Turkish state, but also in Uzbekistan, England, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other places in Asia and Africa.
Difference of opinion exists on the issue of the Prophet’s succession and on exegesis of his rulings. Therefore, the different schools of thought show differences in practical fatawat on several issues, from performance of prayer to legislation on inheritance and divorce.
However, unanimity prevails on key issues: the Prophet having existed at all, including the most important dates and actions, and the texts he had written down in the Book for the faithful: the Qur’an al Kerim. It is remarkable, that this unanimity exists between thought schools that severely clash over other issues. This is the result of the extensive and credible way these words have been recorded. Many people have been heard and many have memorized the words identically. I'd say, therre isn't enough reason to mistrust the documentation, also because people like Sahih Bukhari were outsiders to the Arabic community. They had a fresh input.
A question is: Is the outside world willing to accept this heritage and acknowledge its historic value? For a long time, this has been the case and the mainstream still does. But, in recent times, we have seen attempts to falsify and even belittle this heritage, perhaps for political reasons. But, clear proof that Islamic history is false, has not yet been shown. By the way, it matters very little to the teachings of the religion itself, what the outside world says or thinks.
I've heard several people say: The Islam has copied the Bible, or a more ancient version of the Bible. Or: any reference to natural science, is a direct copy of Persian, Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, or Roman texts. For me, this is a reason to write this blog. To me, a journey of which the outcome still is a wild card. I hope, and am curious, if my reader is willing to make this journey with me @}}-