Tehran Times: Neo-Andalucean Dawn

From the Tehran Times:

A number of groups are associated with this reawakening and one of them is the Neo-Andalucian movement, which is a progressive pan-Islamic movement.

They use the appellation Neo-Andalucian because Muslim Andalucia was a center of learning and, at least for a time, a very tolerant place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in peace and harmony for the most part.

Muslim scholars like Ibn Arabi and non-Muslim scholars like Maimonides arose in Andalucia.

Islam teaches Muslims to seek out knowledge and to be tolerant toward non-Muslims who are not at war with Islam.

Also, the fall of Andalucia in 1492 marked the beginning of the 500-year decline of the Islamic world.


The Neo-Andalucians want to start an Islamic revival to end this 500-year decline, hence the identification with Andalucia. [...]
The real war is the cultural war for the souls of the people, not the war for the people’s money, resources, and territories.

In an article entitled “Al-Andalus, the lost pearl” published in the September 7, 2005 edition of the Tehran Times, Aliefudien Al-Almany wrote:

“Out of the Andalus experience we can learn many things. We Muslims have to realize that Allah, the Most High, helps us if we help Him in His cause. This means that if we practice our religion -- pray, pay zakat to the needy people, and do good deeds, then success is guaranteed -- not only in the next life, but also in this life.”

“Muslims are looking forward to a second, a third, and many more Andalusias, where they can live in peace, justice, prosperity, and dignity together with all kinds of people from other religions. However, sacrifices must be made.”

Yes, we must create many more Andalucias, and yes, sacrifices must be made.

To uphold the banner of Islam and defend the faith, to start the new Islamic Renaissance, unite the Islamic world, and uplift the oppressed Muslim masses, we must strengthen our faith, dedicate ourselves to the cause of Islam, and struggle hard for the cause of Allah.

Comments

Rob said…
-This means that if we practice our religion -- pray, pay zakat to the needy people, and do good deeds, then success is guaranteed -- not only in the next life, but also in this life.”-

It's like the health and prosperity heresy, only Islamic.
Abu Daoud said…
You raise a tantalizing question actually. But I think the short answer is YES, it is kind of like the prosperity gospel. But not totally, because it requires that a large portion of the society be following the shari'a, that includes Christians and Jews who can remain in their birth religion as long as they abide by the shari'a.

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