Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
If the Muslims had understood this one word, “Secularism,” the Taliban would not have had audacity to slaughter 132 innocent children, in Peshawar Pakistan this week. They would have honored civil authorities and understood the importance of law and order in the country. They would work within the system to change it and not take such extreme measures, which are abhorred and condemned by every thinking human soul, except those who are drunk with Taleban’s extreme ideology.
The Muslim Times’ editorial team stands with the Founding Fathers of America, for its principled stance on secularism and Separation of Mosque-Church and State.
The word of secularism encapsulates the last 400-500 year history of Europe and USA. It is a history of one victory after another, carved by human reason and rationality, over the ‘word of God,’ the Holy Bible, as understood by the Catholic Church and later by the Protestant movement. I do not have time and space to elucidate my first exhibit, but, almost every modern person in the West, has some concept of what I am talking about. So, allow me a short cut and let me just place a book here to describe the history for you. I link two articles pertaining to this book: ‘
This one word of “secularism,” can defeat the myopic vision of ISIS, Al-Shabab, Taleban, Boko Haram and Al-Qaida with one stroke of the pen.
This one word can restore religious freedom to the three million Hindus in Pakistan, whose marriage is not recognized. This one word can make the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to be legally Muslims in Pakistan, who have been declared to be non-Muslims, by the theocratic tendencies in the country.
This one word can give equal human rights to the Christians and the Muslims in Israel.
This one word of “secularism,” can settle many an unnecessary political debates in almost every country of the world.
This one word can bring every citizen of our Global Village to a comprehensive understanding of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This one word will go a long way in giving women equal human rights.
If this century is about human rights then this is the word for this century.
This is why the Muslim Times, has included “secularism,” in the main menu under our picture in the header of Mosque of Medina. Our historic collection that you may not find under the tab of “secularism,” can be read in Separation of Mosque-Church and State.