The modern narrative of the old ideology..secularism

“Tezkir” is an intellectual magazine published every three months. It started its activity in Turkey 30 years ago, and its latest issue includes detailed articles on secularism and reviews of recent books that dealt with this subject.

Among the non-religious, the news and analysis that the world is becoming more secular is very welcome. This joy may turn into a feeling of victory, sometimes to the point of incitement.

The debate on secularism is not limited to jurists, sociologists, and politicians, but includes almost all circles. How this concept develops is of interest to everyone in one way or another. Whether the individual is religious or not, in both cases he is dealing with a certain level of secularism.

Is the world we live in becoming more religious? Or more distant from religion? A large part of our answer to this question is determined by our personal preferences and inclinations.

Among the non-religious, the news and analysis that the world is becoming more secular is very welcome. This joy may turn into a feeling of victory, sometimes to the point of incitement.

On the other hand, religious circles tend to prove the opposite theory that religiosity is increasing in the world. But the “secularization” of the world does not, in fact, affect the status of religion. The assumption that religiosity is increasing in the world does not mean the dominance of a particular religion at the expense of the rest.

In the Noble Qur’an there is an indication that most people are far from accepting the truth, and are more inclined to seek wealth and satisfy desires, and are exposed to heedlessness and misguidance because of their ignorance. This fact represented by the Qur’an does not require the consensus of all mankind. In other words, public acceptance or denial of religion is not a measure of the truth of religion.

And in the Holy Qur’an, condolences to the Prophet when he grieved for people whom he was unable to guide, by saying, “And you are not a guardian over them,” and “You are not in control of them,” and “You do not guide whom you love, but God guides those who spare you.” “And the Messenger has nothing but a clear message.”

On the other hand, it was found that the increased religiosity around the world is one of the reasons for the increase in sectarian violence, as the difference of religions often generates anger, hatred and hostility.

For example, the increasing number of converts to Christianity in Europe may lead to a revival of crusader fanaticism, and their rhetoric becomes based on hatred, violence and anti-Muslim sentiments.

We are witnessing at the present time the suffering of Muslims in India and Myanmar as a result of Hindu and Buddhist fanaticism, and we know how religious intolerance led to the emergence of Israel, which supported evangelical fanaticism in the United States against Muslims. These examples are the best evidence that the increase in religiosity in the world does not necessarily mean supporting Muslims in any way.

Regardless of whether Muslims are religiously observant or not, the attacks they are subjected to because of intolerance and hatred by people of other faiths are on the rise. Of course, increasing religiosity is not the only cause of Islamophobia. There is no objective standard accepted by all for measuring whether a person’s religiosity is real or formal.

And in the Qur’an there is a talk about the clergy, Christians and Jews, and the sincerity of their faith, and an affirmation that true faith and devotion to God stems from the heart, which is confirmed by the verse: “When God is mentioned, their hearts are reverent.”

The Qur’an also included directives for Muslims and recommendations not to be intolerant, harbor grudges, or hostility towards anyone simply because of their religion. And it confirms that disagreement with a particular tribe should not justify the mistreatment of its members.

In general, the articles in “Tazkir” attempt to explain how secularism is the old ideology of the world, and man’s forgetting of his Creator, ignoring him or pretending that he does not exist is not a virtue, but rather a vice into which man has fallen since the dawn of history.

Considering secularism as one of the features of the modern era and a milestone in terms of the level of knowledge and awareness reached by mankind is nothing but a new manifestation of pride and the primitive and old arguments that man has always resorted to to justify his separation from God.

In fact, secularism has no specific history. Cain was known to have been “secular” because of his detachment from God and was ignorant enough to believe that he could deceive him. The more he distances himself from God, the more secular he becomes, and the more he distances himself from human nature.

This means that secularism is not new, and it is the product of ignorance. This is a reminder to those who try to present secularism today as a means of liberation from religious fanaticism. Today, as in the past, the most fanatical ideological obsessions are put forward in the name of secularism, and we forget that it was secularism – not religion – that led humanity into two world wars.

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