Ibn Rushd is “the Father of Secularism”

The fundamentalist movements swept through the Arab and Islamic communities politically, culturally and ideologically, and they sought to remove all that is rational in the Arab and Islamic heritage. The fundamentalist thoughtwas not the outcome of these movements, although it had fully expressed them. But it goes back to the history of prophetic callitself and the spread of Islam in more than one place, which resulted in political and doctrinal conflicts onmajor issues of religion, reason, the unseen,andproof. Ibn Rushd’s intellectual and cultural call, in some respects, is an attempt to practice an ideological struggle against a political intellectual trendswhose representatives claim it to be the only trend that represents Islam.Today,the need for Ibn Rushd is necessary to contribute inthe renewal of the Islamic Arab culture, and to set this civilization in the context of the universal human civilization.

Today, the importance of Ibn Rushd’s call comes from the fact that the Islamic Arabculture faces the challenge of the extent to which rationality dominates the thought and life in all fields against the darkmetaphysical thought.The return to Ibn Rushd is the bias of the Arab culture to reason, proof, pluralism, and difference. It is a return to what Ibn Rushd called forin order to consider the mind as the only thing thatdistinguishes man and expresses his true nature.It is the same mind that gives man the honor of being the representative and vicegerent of God on earth.Take a Look at the difference between Malaysia and Afghanistan, Iran and Sudan, and between Bangladesh and Germany, all of them have the same human beingsand sometimes the same religions; but the difference is in faithknowledge and work. Ibn Rushd said: “Trading in religions is the popular trade in the societies,in which ignorance prevails. If you want to control ignorance, you have to wrap everything untruein a religious cover.





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