Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #60

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider the following profound meditation on ‘the maxim of unicity’ (kalimat-tawheed):

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Extract taken from William C. Chittick’s The Self-Disclosure or God: Principles of ibn al-‘Arabi’s Cosmology (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998, pp.9-10).

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #45

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

Muslims in general do not understand properly their own religion because they do not see the nonduality that is so clearly woven into it as an essential part of its fabric. By not understanding their own religion, and thinking it is essentially the same as Christianity and Judaism in terms of the status of its duality, then they are not making a crucial distinction with regard to Islam. And if they do not understand their own religion how are they going to understand other religions? For instance, in Islamic Theology the standard answer based on Greek precursors is that Allah is the Necessary Existent (wujud). All that has been done is substitute Existence for Being in this formulation. But wujud which means ‘to find’ is the nature of Allah’s creation, and making Allah necessary and an existent makes no sense at all. Allah is the creator not the creation, and this formulation is manifestly shirk [i.e. association of an other with Allah], and saying that Allah is necessary is also an affront because Allah determines what is necessary, possible, actual, and probable, and cannot be bound by these concepts. Whatever Allah’s own status [maqam], which we should place beyond our comprehension, ultimately it cannot be that of Necessary Existent. Rather we must comprehend Allah as the Sufis do through the recognition of the Tajalliat of the Sifat [i.e. manifestation of the Divine Names/Attributes] and the incomprehensibility of the Dhat, “He” [emphases added].

Extract taken from “Sufic Philosophy: A New Beginning…” (2014) by Kent Palmer.

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Islam Counter-Racist Thought Food #44

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this

Dialectic is based on the conflict of opposites. The moment you grasp hold of the rope of God you align yourself with the One who has no opposite. (p.16)

Extract taken from The Key to The Future by Abdalhaqq Bewley (London: Ta-Ha, 1992).

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VIDEO: Khaled Abou El Fadl on Supremacism, Hegemony and Exploitation

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Interested viewers are invited to watch the following pre-Ramadhan khutbah (address) delivered by Khaled Abou El Fadl in which he presents a clear argument linking unicity (tawheed) and justice to taking a stand against supremacism, hegemony and exploitation – in short, on the necessity of opposing all man-made systems of supremacy:

Unfortunately, what is lacking in Abou El Fadl’s presentation is a clear sense of priority in the sense of identifying what is the dominant manifestation of supremacism (taaghoot) in the contemporary world, and in this connection I would suggest that it is none other than the globally operating system of colonial modernity – that is, White Supremacy (Racism).

In this connection, interested readers are invited to check out the following posts which draw attention to Abou El Fadl’s scathing critique of ‘Muslim Supremacism’ and his silence on the matter of White Supremacy (Racism), references to colonialism notwithstanding:

REFLECTION: Classical Islam or “Classical Islam”?
Al-Islam, WS/R and Supremacism
On Domination and Corruption

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