A religion that
is in desperate need of a Renaissance
or Age of Enlightenment. Islam
is a religion that
shares the same beliefs
and core foundations of Judaism
and Christianity, but affirms that
Muhammad is the final Prophet of God. Muslims
are not bad people, but Islam
never had a renaissance
(similar to the Protestant Reformation in Christianity) and Muslims
need to rethink about
the way they deal with the rest of Humanity. Muslims
are overall nice
and kind people and many muslims
are now changing the way they approach Islam
. Many muslims
(myself included) realize that
all religions are personal faiths and that ISLAM NEEDS
TO BE TREATED
AS A PERSONAL FAITH AND NOT A POLITICAL DOCTRINE. Peace at home and Peace in the world!
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons
of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together
by a great struggle, not between
the West and Islam
, but between
and the unfree.
We affirm the inviolable freedom of the individual
conscience. We believe in the equality of all human persons
We insist upon the separation of religion
from state and the observance
of universal human
traditions of liberty, rationality, and tolerance in the rich histories of pre-Islamic and Islamic societies. These values do not belong to the West or the East; they are the common moral heritage of humankind.
We see no colonialism, racism, or so-called “Islamaphobia” in submitting Islamic practices to criticism or condemnation when they violate human
reason or rights.
on the governments of the world to
reject Sharia law, fatwa courts, clerical rule, and state-sanctioned religion
in all their forms; oppose all penalties for blasphemy and apostacy, in accordance
with Article 18 of the Universal
Declaration of Human
eliminate practices, such as female circumcision, honor killing, forced
veiling, and forced
further the oppression of women; protect
sexual and gender minorities from persecution
reform sectarian education that
teaches intolerance and bigotry
and foster an open public sphere in which all matters may be discussed without
coercion or intimidation.
A woman should
to dress modestly as she please, to wear
a headscarf if she chooses. She should
not be forced
to veil against her own free
the release of Islam
from its captivity to the totalitarian ambitions
of power-hungry men and the rigid strictures of orthodoxy.
We enjoin academics and thinkers everywhere to embark on a fearless examination of the origins and sources of Islam
, and to promulgate the ideals of free
scientific and spiritual inquiry through cross-cultural translation, publishing, and the mass media.
We say to Muslim believers: there
is a noble future
as a personal
faith, not a political doctrine;
to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Baha’is, and all members
of non-Muslim faith communities: we stand with you as free
and equal citizens;
and to nonbelievers: we defend your unqualified liberty to question and dissent.
Before any of us is a member of the Umma, the Body of Christ, or the Chosen People, we are all members
of the community
of conscience, the people who must chose for themselves.