by Dr Ameer Ali1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ameer_Ali_(academic)
B.A. Hons (Ceylon), M. Phil (LSE), Ph.D. (Australia)
Lecturer in Economics | 2015 Murdoch University | Email: A.Ali@murdoch.edu.au | Phone: 08 9360 2558
Letter to The West Australian Newspaper:
With respect Dr Ameer Ali, (Reform of Islam rules is the key to success, Letters, 7/12) although your explanation
about the historical relevance of the Islamic religion was highly informative, the reality about how Muslims should live in Australia and other western democracies is much more simple.
Government rules and regulations come first. Religion comes second.
Once a Muslim person (or any other religious person) is accepted onto these shores he/she/they are duty bound to live within the boundaries that our Australian Government has laid down.
We Australians are for secular governance, democracy and liberty, just to begin with, and should any Muslim, or any other religious person for that matter, have a problem with that, they should be sent right back from whence they came.
There is no (Islamic) interpretation necessary for this to happen.
No religious entity gets special treatment in this country.
Religious people in this country live first by the creed of our government and after doing this favorably, are they then able to (quietly) go about their religious beliefs and practices.
It is not incumbent upon our governments to understand religions.
It is incumbent upon our government to create a peaceful and harmonious environment for all people, religious or not.
Up until now, in this country, all religions and all governments have gotten along very nicely.
We want to see it remain like that.
signed EE (name and contact details withheld by 4cminews)
4cmiNews Review of Dr Ameers comments
1.0 IT IS TOO SIMPLE TO TREAT ISLAM AS A MONOLITHIC2)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monolithic_system ENTITY THAT NEEDS REFORM OR MODERNISED ISLAM.
» see Muslim Reform Movement
2.0 THERE ARE SEVERAL ISLAMS BASED ON PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHTS AND PRACTICES
3.0 NARROW DOWN TO ITS CORE PRINCIPLES KNOWN AS THE FIVE PILLARS
» see Islam 101
a. Belief in the oneness of God and Mohammed as its prophet
b. five times daily prayers
c. 30 days fasting in the month of ramadan
d. obligatory charity (zakat)
e. Hajj pilgrimage
3.1 these are the essence of islam
3.2 there is no problem with this Islam and no government has put restrictions on this Islam
3.3 any attempt to reform or modernise these pillars is to destroy the religion itself
4.0 ISLAM IN THE BROADER SENSE.
4.1 Sharia Law: The rules and regulations that govern NON believers
Scope of Control: Behaviours, relations, transactions and relations, we now enter a minefield
4.2 Complex and fraught with problems is reform of these non core items because:
i. The complexity and differences are varied and many as these are based on interpretation of Quran, Biography and Sharia text with interpretation influenced by Historical, political, geographical and cultural context.
5.0 PROPOSAL TO SEPARATE THE CORE OF ISLAM FROM THE OUTER WORKINGS of conduct in humanity need to be worked through to ENSURE THE CORE 5 PILLARS REMAIN UNCHANGED.
6.0 THE LAWS OF BROADER ISLAM IS CALLED “FIQH”3)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiqh written by Muslims for the Muslims when Muslims were the ruling power. and this law provided
» see ‘Fiqh’ Islamic jurisprudence
i. Clear Guidance in a Muslim state towards Non Muslims.
ii. However No Guidance in a Non Muslim state to Non Muslims is not stated
7.0 UNIVERSAL CALIPHATE4)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_caliphate: for Dr. ameer this is academic and a Utopian goal to bring all muslims under one rule with only secondary status to Non Muslims and dangerous to World Peace.
» see Universal Caliphate
» see Utopian or Divine Charge
8.0 LAWS [CIVIL] and [SHARIA]
i. Dr Ameer appears to support a dualistic system of Civil and Sharia with Sharia being refined to harmonise with the dominant non muslim population, especially to civic loyalty a Non Muslim State and in respect to slavery and Hudud punishments that have passed there used by dates and need to be removed completely from broader islam throughout the world.
» see e g. Austria: Civil Law vs. Sharia Law
ii. As Sharia is seen and divine law and squarely in the hands of the Imams (religious leaders) any change of sharia by non Imams at present is not possible. Sharia is Islamic divine law
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