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Marriage of Islam and America- Problems and prospects

Reader comment on item: Muslims and Islamization in North America

Submitted by Owais Bayunus (United States), Oct 18, 2005 at 16:21

It is a significantly important thought that, bringing a superb ideology "Islam" to the Super Country "America" will result in best of both Worlds. But Muslims in this country are still not united on the some of the basic issues which could bind them together.

The most important institution they need to develop fast is a central authority (Fiqh Committee) of legislative body which should have the power of giving rulings (fatwas) in matters related to jurisprudence for Muslims living in the present era. Muslims are living in a predominantly non muslim soceity and therefore at times they fail to follow the traditional Islamic interpretations of our jurists. Also most immigrant Muslims are still the first generation Muslims who are not well aware of the sensitivities and thinking of the local population and at times get involved in fruitless encounters. They have, as is the case with any other new immigrant community to this land of opportunity, focused first in establishing themselves and their children educationally and economically.

Therefore the job of this new Fiqh Committee would be to revise and re-interprete Islamic jurisprudence in the light of existing knowledge of Islam and guide Muslims to ba able to live live islamicallly, peacefully and united in a non Muslim society, and to be a strong fort for themselves and their families and an automatic source of invitation to Islam for others.

Muslims are facing this challenge for the first time as a mass exodus of Muslim has occcured in the 20th century for the first time in history, from a Muslim society to a predominantly non Muslim society with different challenges.

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