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Shouldn’t Someone Tell Foster Friess This?

DR.PASHA | June 07, 2016 | Section: Articles | 574 reads

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Shouldn’t Someone Tell Foster Friess This?

Dr. Pasha

What a wonderful day it would be!

The day some forward-looking Muslims took it upon themselves and gave a gift of some of our literature to Mr. Foster Friess – a Republican mover and shaker.

And, lately, a Donald Trump donor?

Material selected from www.IslamicSolutions.Com, for example?

It is time you started doing some of these things, Muslims. For, that is what Islam is all about: reaching out to people! All kinds of people.

Especially to those people who give you any hint whatsoever that they may be in any way or sense, or to any level or degree, open-minded.

And the reason why, to me, Mr. Friess is a Person-of-Interest in this regard is that recently he spoke in a modest tone. And modesty is a hallmark of Islam.

And it is a telltale clue to basic human goodness and decency.

Mr. Friess said – if the media are to be believed – and I am paraphrasing here: 

A Muslim may have a hard time being a Federal Judge. And that is because he or she may have trouble dealing with the Constitution and being fully faithful to it. 

And that is because a Muslim may automatically lean in the direction of placing the Qur’an above the US Constitution.

And then, and this to me is the most important point in what Mr. Friess said, Mr. Friess predicated his comments on whether or not he (i.e. Mr. Friess) understood Islam correctly.

Allahu Akbar! 

Or should I say Hallelujah?

For me, either will work perfectly.

The point is what more does a Muslim want – more than a fellow human being putting on his or her thinking cap, and turning on the thinking machine inside their own heads?

What more does God Almighty want? 

Read the Qur’an and you will know that is all God wants – and expects – from you:

For you to be able to think freely – and fearlessly – and go where your independent and intrepid thought processes will take you.

No one, no system of human thought or behavior, no institution of any kind, religious or secular, offers you that kind of option – that kind of bottomline human behavior as it were.

That pretty much seems to be what God Almighty really wants from you, if you read the Qur’an with the care and diligence it deserves.

And, if you ask me, no human agency could set a higher or better or fairer standard than that.

Or a more accessible and a more fundamental or more universally applicable one for that matter.

So, think away, Mr. Friess: You may still find God – and discover truth. Whatever that truth maybe, and wherever it may be hiding.

And you may even come to the conclusion that God is where truth is. And truth is where you have any chance of finding God.

And you may even be left wondering if God himself is Truth.

Here now are the words of Mr. Friess, as quoted by the media, on whether or not a U.S. Muslim federal judge could be unbiased in some court decisions:

(“They {Muslims} have a different kind of worldview, and I believe, if I understand Islam correctly, they {Muslims} would prefer to have the Quran be the dominant guiding force for our country versus the Constitution,” Friess, founder of Friess Associates, said on Monday. “So that does make it difficult.”)

I added the italics for emphasis purposes. I also added parentheses to make sure the meaning was clear to all.

Now, let me assure Mr. Friess that no truer word could have been spoken in this regard. For, the Qur’an as God’s Very Own Word does trump everything else. No question about that.

It ought to, if it is indeed from God Almighty, don’t you think? This is a no-brainer, one would say.

Just, as many in the United States believe, the way the Bible is supposed to do.

But then there are several things everyone must understand very clearly. Let me enumerate them here to the extent I can.

First of all, this is more or less the theoretical or conceptual position. This is Islam in a test tube as it were.

That means this is a Muslim’s basic and irreducible Litmus Test. If they are Muslim, they are supposed to say yes to this proposition:

God’s Direct Word in the Qur’an above all human speech.

Yes or No?

But the challenge, more frequently than most think, is interpreting God’s Word in the Qur’an in the context and complexities of everyday human situations and predicaments.

And that means the availability of options and possibility of a range of variation in meaning and emphasis.

And this includes differences of views, opinions, approaches and outcomes among well-meaning reasonable human beings who meet the test of the required or baseline qualifications.

So, it isn’t as if every word in the Qur’an is a cut and dry affair, whose meaning and implications are somehow clear to all Muslims.

But if it is so clear to Muslims, so must it be clear to all non-Muslim readers of the Qur’an. Otherwise, it is simply mystery or magic.

And quite possibly mumbo-jumbo and gobbledygook.

And the Qur’an, everyone should know, prides itself on its clarity and inter-subjectivity and not on its mystical or abstruse nature.

And Islam is a system that is entirely free of all magic and mystery and conundrum – and scandalon of any kind.

Number two, while all Muslims must and would theoretically subscribe to the basic validity and inviolability of all things Qur’an, when it comes to practice, Muslims are nothing more nor less than “People” – just plain people.

Just like Christians – and all the other people in the world.

Some of them practice their “religion” more faithfully than some others. Just like Christians and all the others.

 

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