Dear Friends Mukto-Mona Group,
I think most of you are familiar with the idea of New
Islam Movement. I was
working on the structure of Movement. Finally, it was announced
last month in Toronto Canada. Now, I say welcome to progressive and
members of the group to become member of this Movement as well.
Being the Convener and Founder of this Movement, I would like leave my
My name is Tahir Aslam Gora. I live in Ontario, Canada. I am
couple of Books. I have solution to get rid of International terror of
Therefore, I have initiated a Movement for
Liberation and Freedom of Islam
and Muslim World. I feel the present model of Islam is not
the civilized attitudes of mankind. That's why I have proposed
of Islam. As I have announced the
proclamation of New Islam, Muslims in
Toronto stopped my weekly Newspaper and they threatened to kill me for
various times. At the moment, Muslim fanatics are trying
their best to
suppress my voice. I need your support for this Great Movement. In
situation of war against terrorism my message is a need of time. My
may become a relief to the moderate Muslims. My message may become a
solution against Islamic terrorism.
In short there is dire need in Islamic Countries for an
movement that can free them from centuries old religious bindings like
nations who have changed the unnatural behaviors of their religions
established a platform for the combined global society.
I am providing you few Internet links for my introduction.
Tahir Aslam Gora
ONTARIO -- CANADA
HERE ARE OUTLINES OF THIS MOVEMENT
NEW ISLAM MOVEMENT
TAHIR ASLAM GORA
As a writer from a Muslim background and as a writer who often deals
issues relating to Islam, it is of serious concern to me that there is
disconnect between Islam on the one hand and the evolving realities of
universe and the modern world. I therefore wish to suggest that
need to rethink their religion and their worldview. In making this
suggestion, I fully understand that we, the Muslims, cannot adopt any
religious identity other than Islam. We can, however, reform Islam in
to bring it into harmony with the modern world. I suggest the
outline for the 'New Islam'.
1. The adoption of democratic values in every walk of life.
2. Recognition of the right of every person to complete freedom of
3. Recognition and application of internationally recognized human
4. An end to the institutions of Polygamy and Jihad.
5. A recognition of the equality of women in every walk of life.
6. An end to the superiority complex that exists among Muslims with
respect to the other nations of the world.
7. The creation of a practical environment of love towards all human
8. A recognition of the right to participate in all kinds of arts,
including dance, music & paintings without any fear of censure.
9. The formulation of modern and liberal societies in Muslim
10. A recognition of the need for Muslim scholars and laypeople to
engage in a frank and honest reassessment of historical Islamic
personalities instead of the emotional faith that has always
Muslim attitudes towards such personages.
11. An end to the all-pervading fear of religious sin that
12. A recognition that prayer and worship are symbolic, spiritual, and
above all, personal matters.
13. An end to taboos relating to food and drink, including alcoholic
drinks and 'halal' meat.
14. A recognition that the Quran is a symbolic, religious, and to some
Spiritual book, which is not applicable to all walks of life.
15. A recognition that the ultimate object of The New Islam is peace
all Human beings.
16. A recognition that understanding the realities of the universe
should be the basic pillar of the New Islam.
17. An appreciation of the world as a single, global society.
18. A recognition of the notion of God as a universal rather than a
19. A replacement of the term 'prophets' with the terms 'Intellectuals
In addition to these basic points, new points and details will
be added as required. In an ever-changing universe, the constant
of an intellectual system is only rational.
Following are brief explanations of the aforementioned basic
1. THE ADOPTION OF DEMOCRATIC VALUES: It is very important to
Real form of democratic values. Most Muslims reject democracy as an
invention of the West, whereas democracy is the common heritage of all
beings. Most Muslim nations believe democracy consists of elections or
particular system of government. In fact, democracy, in addition to
elections & system of government, involves recognition of the
'Live and Let Live'. It is this kind of tolerant and flexible behavior
allows people to live together and respect all human beings in spite
differences of religion, colour and race.
2. COMPLETE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Freedom of expression has
been non-existent in the Islamic world. This is due to Muslims' need
impose the Quran and Hadith on every walk of life, whereas most daily
affairs have no concern with religious scriptures. Although
Religious books do have some influence in every religion; this
usually limited to the clergy in Christianity and has no concern with
law. No one is allowed to express his/ her ideas in a Muslim society
the prevailing religious rigidity. Writers and journalists are
Sometimes ordered beheaded and writers do not have permission to
their ideas about certain ' special topics. Prohibition to study the
of famous and important writers such as Salman Rushdie is a typical
in this regard. A lack of dialogue is the major problem in Muslim
Creative ideas are strictly prohibited in our societies. We have now
the point that all the hard work of a writer is wasted due to his/ her
'self sensorship'. Most of our writers have become so impulsive in
faith that they are ready to hang anyone arguing in favour of freedom
expression. It is a fact that nations adopting the way of drubbing
of dialogue can never enjoy the magnificence of liberty.
Muslim societies cannot find the track of reality and truth without
adoption of real freedom of expression.
3. IMPLIMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS: International
Rights are also rejected as they are considered an invention of the
whereas millions of Muslims are living in the West in a better way
their own Islamic societies due to these very human rights. This is
only due to these human rights that Muslims are living according to
religion in the Christian societies. The outline of human rights is
a great gift for mankind. We should try to make it better instead of
4. END TO POLYGAMY AND HOLY WAR (JIHAD): Polygamy can never be
appreciable practice. It is normally argued by Muslims that the
allowed it for
the betterment of the widows and the destitute women's marital life,
most of the Prophet's marriages were not with such women. Here we can
say in soft words that it happened whatever it was. This inhuman
should now be abandoned. The 'jihad', the second name for the
Islam should also be banned.
5. EQUALITY OF MEN & WOMEN: I have repeatedly written that
societies provide the status of a mother, sister, daughter and wife to
woman but are not ready to accept her status as a human being and as a
woman. The Modern world is appreciable in this regard that it provides
equal rights to all human beings without any distinction of sex.
6. ENDING THE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX AMONG MUSLIMS AGAINST OTHER
It is a fact that most of us do not know about the civilized way of
but even then we become guilty of human disgrace. We, the Muslims,
other nations inferior because we think ourselves to be on the right
and uniquely entitled to heaven. The other nations are therefore
to destine for hell. Leaving such ideas behind we can become able to
understand the realities of life and the universe. Not only the
world but also
the Chinese, Japanese, other nations of the Far East and liberal
East India including Hindus are on the way of understanding the
the life, adopting liberal ways.
One of the major reasons in consideration of the superiority of Islam
thinking that it is the only religion from God and so we consider
as a 'Chosen Nation' among all the human beings. Although most of the
religions have the same ownership claim about God, the rigidity in
respect has already decreased among them, whereas Muslims are not
accept the reality that God is not a religious embodiment. God is
the name of the Universe of which we are one part.
7. ESTABLISHING A PRACTICAL ENVIRONMENT OF LOVE TO ALL HUMAN
Muslims will have to give a message of love to all the human beings.
8. PARTICIPATING IN ALL TYPES OF ARTS LIKE DANCE, MUSIC, AND
ETC.: The importance of art in Muslim society was felt during
'Khalafat-e-Osmania' at the state level. But afterwards, Muslim states
started to become a factor in the abolition of the arts. Now during
century most Muslim societies consider the arts as an uncivilized
Serious crime according to the religion. Such an attitude is now to be
ceased to enjoy the beauties of life. Life should be decorated and
occasions should be celebrated accordingly. Muslim societies should
attitude to participate in all sort of art including dance, music and
Painting etc without any feeling of religious sin. Education of these
should be arranged & popularized by establishing Art Academies and
9. FORMULATION OF MODERN LIBERAL SOCIETIES IN THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES:
Muslim societies should not become a hurdle in creating a promiscuous
society in their countries according to the 'New Islam'. Modern
societies should be established in all Muslim countries. Gays and
should be provided the rights according to the International status.
10. FRIENDLY, FRANK AND INFORMAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH HISTORICAL
ISLAMIC PERSONALITIES: A friendly and frank attitude should be
adopted instead of
Expressing any emotional relational relationship with historical
personalities. We go up to worship the Prophets, the Poise Caliphs,
Sufis and Mullahs etc. We should adopt a friendlier attitude and
relationship with them. We should get rid of the ugly habit about
concealment of facts in the life of our religious personalities. For
instance while trying to learn something about the life of the prophet
Islam, it should be kept in mind that being a great leader of his era,
was a human being like us. His historical greatness can also be
In the fact that he formulated the best human principals of his time.
being a human being he had human instincts too. His love for women for
instance was due to the human instinct. He used to practice politics
throughout his life because a society could not be established without
political strategies. We do have the same emotions about the 'Poise
Caliphs'. They also continue the
Political struggle and as a matter of fact, some of them were involved
the conspiracy of killing the other. There is no harm to accept these
realities. They were a part of the history and same is the today's
Imams tried to understand the facts about religion using their wisdom
same way. They used all the available sources of knowledge to their
best. A true saint is not actually restricted to any religion but
represents humanity. All the Sufis of the Muslim world (previous &
will no doubt be a part of the same category. Prophets used to be the
Leaders of their nations. The present intellectuals, writers,
thinkers, philosophers, sincere social workers and the saints,
guidance to the nations are not less than the prophets.
11. ENDING FEELINGS OF RELIGIOUS SIN: It is necessary end
religious sin according to the 'New Islam' to save the human energies
rusting with this feeling. This is also important to make one's mind
and liberal. A sense of responsibility is rather a good feeling than
of sin. The sense of sin about dance, singing and drinking etc. is too
in Islam, and causes Muslims to become hypocrite. Such feelings do not
any concern with today's life and universe. Muslims have now come to
point that a boy and a girl cannot
have a 'date' without this sense of sin.
12. CONSIDERATION OF PRAYERS AS SYMBOLIC, RITUAL AND PERSONAL
There is no harm in several traditional prayers and worship, but these
be considered as the be-all and end-all of life. It is sufficient to
consider these practices to be a matter of personal consolation. Some
these practices like the sacrifice of the animals should be
13. AN END TO TABOOS ON ALCOHOL AND HALAL MEAT: The prohibition
alcohol and pork is meaningless today. The alcohol drinking nations
proved themselves to be better in moral and human values. The use of
will just be a personal matter in the 'New Islam', having no concern
the principles of the religion. The theory of 'Halal Meat' is a
14. CONSIDERING QURAN AS A SYMBO:IC, RELIGIOUS, AND SPIRITUAL BOOK:
Quran should be considered as a symbolic, religious and to some extent
spiritual book The reality of the spirituality become evident by
understanding the secrets and symbols of the universe. The Quran
be considered as a book, which can be implemented in every walk of
is evident that no economic and social system could be developed in
light of the Quran or any other religious book. This is the reason
Canada and several European
Countries have developed such a human system which could never been
developed in any Islamic country. We, the Muslim societies should have
to this level but no Muslim country is presently not even at 10%
as compared to these societies.
15. ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE THE 'NEW ISLAM': The ultimate objective
Islam' should only be the peace of human beings.
16. BASIC PILLAR OF THE 'NEW ISLAM': No doubt, the basic pillar
Islam' should be considered to understand the secrets and symbols of
17. CONCEPT OF SHARING THE WORLD: The world is a shared global
cannot be made a shared living place for all the human beings without
intellectual struggle as all the demonstrated human rights declared up
now are the result of the continuation of the intellectual struggle.
intellectuals brought the West out of the religious rigidity during
century and separated the religion from the daily human life. Moreover
tried to make the human mind so vast that religion cannot make them
It also helped the human beings to be restricted from blind faith in
religion and understanding the realities of the universe. It is now
the intellectuals of the Islamic World to bring the Muslims out of the
emotional and drubbing policies to share the beauties of the universe
shoulder to shoulder to all the nations of the world.
18. CONCEPT OF THE 'UNIVERSAL GOD' INSTEAD OF THE 'RELIGIOUS GOD:
According to the 'New Islam' God is a universal phenomenon being
part of humanity, all the religions and systems. It is not a specific
conception but it is a universal unit to which everything in the
19. USE OF THE TERM 'INTELLECTUALS' INSTEAD OF THE 'PROPHETS':
'intellectual and leaders' will be used instead of the old term of the
'prophet' in the
'New Islam'. The 'New Islam' will grow in an extremely democratic way.
is no need of any type of Prophets, Gurus, or Leaders, but the 'New
will be put forward as an intellectual movement.
I do understand that ladies and gents addicted to Islamic ethics will
arguments of 'Aya & Hadith' and an abundance of questions in
religious language but it is a fact that these terminologies have no
today. The references from 'Imams' also have no justification at
The realities of life and the universe are simple and evident,
understand the life, life after life, the universe & the universe
universe with vast & free mind. The 'New Islam' is necessary for
struggle of bringing the life of the miserable nations, bound by
rigidity, on the way of exhilaration.
Answers to Junaid regarding New Islam debate
responds to Abul