Saturday, August 13, 2011

Islam and Creativity

Some time back there was an English translation of the Holy Qur'an termed as First American Version.
As if adopting a different Islam for a different country is perfectly legitimate thing.
Verily there is no Power and Strength except from Allah Most High.
Then we hear of books like Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective.
There is nothing wrong in women reading the Holy Qur'an.
In fact it will be wrong if they do not read it.
And reading it for finding rulings and guidance for womenfolk's too will be alright.
But all that is not at stake here.
The objective is to impose your own agenda on the meaning of the Holy Qur'an.
A predecided agenda.
Now what is the use of that? You might end up doing little bit of harm to Muslims-at the most.
And more harm you do more you have to answer on the Day of Judgment.
But there are people who are ready to applaud any such foolishness.
Fools paradise is right here in this world.
And thus it gets classified as creativity.
Islam does not inhibit creativity.
Islamic art is a point in the case.
Calligraphy is another.
Qir'at is yet another.
Scientific advancement during Islamic Caliphate is yet another.
Then there is Arabic, Persian and Urdu poetry.
These all require creativity.
So you can indulge in your creativity without going out of the fold of Islam.
If you choose otherwise then neither you are fooling Muslims nor your Lord Most High.
It is foolish to anger your Lord Most High to please people of fair colour of the skin-even if they are famous for their current economic, military and scientific prowess.