Quran Research “as Antidote to Islamic Radicalism”
LECTURE French-Iranian religious scholar Seyed M. Azmayesh proposes new findings / Society based on humanistic principles
GIESSEN – „Who wants to understand the Muslims, has to understand the Quran“, emphasizes the French-Iranian religious scholar. He devoted himself to the subject “Islam in the future – with or without Western values?“ Along which, he introduced his new book “New Researches on the Quran – why and how two versions of Islam entered the history of mankind”. He was invited by the Evangelic Student Society of Giessen, the Turkish-German Health Foundation and the Charity Organisation Karamat.
„These discoveries which are based on new findings and scientific investigations question some of the dogma’s related to the origin and evolution of the Quran and the life of Prophet Mohammad“, explains the Muslim. Azmayesh deployed revolutionary theses from his researches on the Quran, turning some in the audience
astonished. “The generally so called illiterate Prophet Mohammad, who received the revelations, was very well an educated man“, he pointed out. The Prophet knew how to read and write, spoke several languages and knew besides that important wisdoms of his time. „I study since two years at the Giessen University Islamic sciences and they teach that only first by a miracle the Prophet gained these qualities“, objected an older gentleman. Some Muslim guests also doubted the statement. Azmayesh however affirmed, that these theses can be found unequivocally in the Islamic scripts „Sahih Al-Bukhari“ or „Sunan Abu Dawood“.
Further he takes the view that a substantial and rigorous study of the Quran can work as an antidote to Islamic radicalism. Hence, especially the violence propagating expressions from some of the fundamentalist Muslims are “extremely in contrast with the commandments of equality, compassion and freedom of religion within the Quran principles”. Already at the life time of Prophet Mohammad two different versions of Islam evolved, that existed until today. “Although both acknowledge the Quran, they interpret them differently”, thus Azmayesh.
The so called „Islam-ol Madani“, the Islam of the Quran, can be compared with „Western and humanistic values like equality, religious freedom and education.” The second version he calls „Islam-ol Badawi“ and shows many controversies. It is a continuation of tradition belligerent tribes under the name of Islam, which is founded on superior pretentions against other religious faiths.” The adversary of Mohammad converted to Islam formally by lip service, however interpreted Islam in a way that their traditional ideas of society could continue. „That is for example the Islam that IS lives by.” According to the findings of Azmayesh, the Quran never demands people in any kind of way to impose Islam on others. “Mohammad’s mission didn’t comprise abolishing other religions.” His duty was much more about sensitizing the nomadic tribes of each region to have respect for human rights and the dignity of each.
The Quran-Islam contains the seed for a society which is based on humanistic principles of equal rights, individual human rights and cohesiveness of humans. The big danger lies within the wrong interpretation of the Quran
Bottom line therefore is: „Mohammad had as a goal building up a civilised society and the Islam is a strength that can empower this process.“ And, for this statement he received affirmative applause of all attendees – from Christians and Muslims.
Source: „Koran-Studium als Gegengift für islamitische Radikalität“, „Giessener Anzeiger, Zeitungsgruppe Zentralhessen“ from 03.06.2016
Translation: Inter Cultural Centre