Commentary On The Eleventh Contentions By Abdal Hakim Murad
The philosopher Jurgen Haberman claims that "modernism is dominant but dead". A corollary might be : "Islam is despised but thriving".
The short essays in this collection give thanks for this defining irony of our culture, and out flesh on a hundred bones of contention, ten of which are listed below:
1. Augustine: man’s deformity. Ishmael: his deformity. (Defy, don’t deify.) 2. Peace without justice is not peace at all. 3. A faqih in first class? And pigs will fly … 4. The Dajjal will only be king when only the blind are left in the valley. 5. British Islam: ‘We came as rebels, and found ourselves to be heirs.’ (Gershom Scholem) 6. The Liber Asian is the reconciliation between Edom and Juda-yi Ism. 7. Your greatest liability is your lie-ability. 8. No-one is more extroverted than the contemplative saint. 9. Modernity: an accelerating attempt to shovel matter into the growing hole where religion used to be. 10. The Liber Asian vs. the Manu Mission: a woman may be Arahat on Arafat.
“Through a nexus of superbly crafted aphorisms – from the Prophet Adam to Gorbachev and beyond – the author explores a panoply of thought-provoking theological, philosophical, social and political issues. For anyone interested in the modern condition and the diversity of forces and challenges that affect it, this is a must-read. The work reveals the author at his inimitable best.” — Shaykh Seraj Hendricks, Cape Town “The book is exquisite, and it is at once a message from aqa’id, tafsir, akhlaq, etc. It is a traditional method of exposing the Islamic message as a grand science.” — Enes Karic, Professor of Qur’anic Studies, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Sarajevo, and former Bosnian Minister of Culture “An absolute treasure trove of wisdom … simply riveting. Abd al-Hakim Murad reminds us that it can still be done: we can worship God and honor the legacy of His Prophet with love, humility, wisdom and courage – not to mention style and grace! Modernity is simply our context. We must never allow it to become our excuse.” — Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California