Dr. Morsi’s language has gone full circle: From what the world media would call "Strictly Islamist" to what any full-blooded patriot, worth his salt, would refer to as "Fundamentally Nationalist" and "Essentially Patriotic."
What many don’t understand, and some don’t want to, is that this is a most natural and logical transition:
From core Islam to the basic values of Democracy and Human Dignity and Freedom;
From Ibaadaat to Human Rights – what any Muslim scholar of Fiqh would be happy to call Mu’aamalaat;
From Islam’s 'Aqeedah of Tawuheed to fundamental human instincts of "Nationalism" and "Patriotism";
From Love of God to Love of People – and then from there to Love of the Land on which People Live.
This in fact is the Full and Complete Circle of Islam: what begins with Allah ends with Allah.
And it takes in all else – which is really nothing – in the middle.
For, nothing is outside this circle.
Huwal Awwalu wal Aakhir, is how the Qur'an says it: "He is the beginning and the end."
That is why Islam IS Democracy and Human Rights and Freedom and Dignity for all.
And that is also why All Forms of Tyranny, including the Tyranny of Kings and Tyranny of Priests, are completely outside the fold of Islam.
In fact, Islam came to replace the Tyranny of Kings and Priests on earth with Islam: the Rule of Law and the message of Universal Human Liberation.
And that is partly why so many people fear and fight Islam the way they do. They simply cannot afford to have Islam set everyone everywhere free.
The fight is just not about what rituals to perform in front of what idol, statue, symbol or picture, but the real fight is who will own the People and who will dominate and direct their lives and who will control their lands and their wealth, treasures, resources and energies.
That is the real fight. It has always been.
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
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