These are some important points from the GRAND UMMATIC TALK programme on 5th June 2008. Between the freedom of expression and religious sensitivity, how to solve it?
As we know, Islam nowadays has bad impressions by the western and also other people who do not like Islam. Many of them said Islam peoples are terrorists, especially after the September 11 case. But the question is, is it true?
How to solve these challenges?
--> Through iman and knowledge
We as Muslims must have knowledge, especially in Islamic teachings. But it is not enough if we only have knowledge but put aside iman. Iman and knowledge must be together and work together. Iman without knowledge is useless.
How about the Islamaphobia?
This is a new term that we have to destroy and neglect it. This term was given by the western because of many things. The most obvious reasons are because of the ignorance, hatred ness, and also love the power. Non-Muslims are afraid to get to know Islam because they think that Islam will cut off their independence when they convert to Islam especially in their life, economic and other matters.
Thus, we have to make them clear about Islam and the beauty of Islam. Islam prohibits riba in economy because it will burden the borrowers or debtors. Furthermore, it shows that Islam is ‘adil (fair) in doing something because Islam did not ask to increase the price of money if the debtors cannot pay the debt in exact time.
These are some examples that can be shared here. If all of you have any opinions or suggestions or comments, don’t be hesitated to jot down here =)