04 What on earth is the PM talkingabout?07 Freedom of Religious Beliefs08 What is Suﬁsm?10 Resurgence of Suﬁsm in Saudi Arabia12 Tazkiyyat an-Nafs (Purifying the Self)14 Statement by SMC18 Islam: Suspended in Centuries past?20 Islamic declaration of Peace22 Celebrating Spirituality24 Failure is part of Learning25 Usama bin Laden: a Legend gonewrong (part 1)28 Democratic election of Leaders30 The destruction of Holy Sites inMecca and Medina33 Essence of abstinence34 Escape from Srebrenica38 Coming to Islam despite muslims40 A historic meeting between two SuﬁMasters42 A wise young Muslim Boy43 Amr bil munkar - ordering what’s bad(comic strip)46 Acknowledgements47 We want to here from you
ISSUE 01 JULY 2006
Salaam, and welcome to the very ﬁrst edition of SPIRITthemag– The Voice of the silent majority. The Prime Minister and others are suggesting that thegovernment and authorities cannot solve the problems of ever increasing radicalisation within the Muslim Communityon their own and that Muslims need to do more. The recent polls are showing that over 13% of Muslims are justifying the criminal acts of 7th July 2005, and over 50% of Muslims believe that the Government is not doing enough.So what on earth is going on? Does anyone have a handle onthe real issues? What is it that makes someone want to blowthemselves up? Why is it that the more radical minority seemsto have “taken over the microphone”, and is ever increasinglybecoming viewed by many as the mainstream version of Islam. The main aim of is to help answer some of these questions and to counteract the people and ideologiesthat are aiming for the destruction of the very way of lifethat Muslims hold dear and focus on giving a voice to the“Silent majority” that is being drowned out by the very vocalMinority.In this issue we have articles and submissions from aroundthe world that present classical, scholarly, Islamic perspectiveson global issues. Whilst at the same time, try to discourageand disrupt the promulgation of extremist ideology withinthe Muslim community both nationally and abroad throughexposing and differentiating the purveyors from everydayMuslims. This will be the ﬁrst of many issues (God Willing), that will helpto educate UK Muslims, policymakers, agencies, academiaand media outlets on the distinct, irreconcilable differencesbetween classical Islam and the radical tenets of contemporaryextremist groups.
It is time for the middle ground to stand up and becounted before it is too late.
However Muslims cannot do it alone. There is a clear need forgreater more focussed dialogue, which delves into the rootcauses of the problem, and together we need to challengethose that are the vehicles for this ideology. The MuslimCommunities also need re-assurances from governmentthat Ministers are actually running the agenda and not civilservants that will only engage with the very same people thathave not so far delivered.
It is also time for the Government to stand up and becounted before it is too late.