Fundamentalism Marked off

IMG-20140514-WA0011Every ideology,wether economic, political, social, or religious, is based on certain characterizing features or the least common denominators so to speak. These features of a given ideology are its fundamental principles. Rationally, then, fundamentalism would mean an attitude, an effort or a movement wich adheres to or tries to promote these fundamentals. For instance, when we speak of a free market economy and private ownership of property, we describe the fundamentals of modern capitalism; and those who conduct thier economic affairs accordingly may aptly be called Capitalists. When we talk of the goverment “of the people, for the people, and by the people”, we point out the fundamental principles of modern Democracy; and those who practice and promote this form of polity may be called democratic people or nations. Also, when some believe in the principle of trinity and the Gospel as the inspired word of God, they are declaring the fundamental principles of Christianity and are known as Christians. Likewise, there are certain essentials that characterize Islam and diffrentiate it from other systems or ideologies of the past and the present. Those who believe in this as unviolable aspects of Islam are the ones called Muslims.

Described in these terms, fundamentalism means the core of all that the adherents of an ideology believe in and are expected to practice. However what appears to be surprising is that we never hear of democratic fundamentalism, capitalist fundamentalism, socialist fundamentalism, or secularist fundamentalism. The term fundamentalism is used exclusively in the context of religion. What is even more disturbing is that whenever used in this particular context, fundamentalism is spoken of in a highly value laden manner almost invariably with negative connotations- some thing highly dogmatic, something that does not belong in the modern world, and something that has to be reckoned with. More popularly, the term is used to corner and attack the followers of a particular ideology or religion in order to bring down their morale and to force them to comply with the dictates of the western imperialism, because adhering to the fundamentals of one’s own religion or ideology means not confirming to the norms laid down by the modern western dictators for their own interest, which is highly undesirable and, therefore, the term ‘fundamentalist’ is being made infamous to such an extent so as to be abhorred by the ignorant masses, so that there will be left no room to practice anything other than those approved by them to make way for the cultural and ideological imperialism of the West.

To the sensitive Muslim audience, then, the term ‘fundamentalism’ or, to be more precise the ‘Islamic fundamentalism’, seems to carry a message,loud and clear: You can believe in Islam if you will, but cannot practice it.
Such negative interpretitions of the term and the propaganda against it also provides cover to the intolerant attitude of the so-called ‘secularists’ and ‘liberalists’ towards those particular religions and ideologies which they fear to be true and powerful enough to replace them. And the world is so blindly carried off by their propaganda that it cannot see their own fundamentalism manifested through their disguised intolerance.


About Imran Ali

IMRAN ALI, is an up-coming writer and columnist. His studies were interrupted when he, as a child of 14, simply told his father M. Sulemen, a businessman, that he just can't get what his school teacher teaches paying little attention to the weak students of the class. So, on a promise that he'll 'study at home' he never again saw the face of the school, though he carried his studies well to fullfill the promise of his; his experience as a volunteer(a dedicated social worker) provided him with material for his articles and writings. He first gained attention with ''Aurangzed as he was'' and ''New world Order 'Vs' Just world Order'' (September 2011, The Companion, English monthly, and several other magazines), probably his finest articles. Next 10 year he coming with his debut novel, and is fully dedicated on it's research. Taken together, his articles present a broad, naturalistic picture of Indian life. His subjects include History, the Indian peasantry, the bureaucracy, life of a downtrodden Indians and have nots, the emotional problems of the different classes, and, ominously, hallucination, Very new in Style and to Approach, Combining psychoanalysis with human behaviour. His writings well captures the collective psyche of the world as a whole. He's been a district level boxer. Known as a peoples magnet in his vast friends circle, and a booklover who humorously with pride discloses, '' I've read over hundreds of books relating to arts, literature, science, metaphysics, naturopathy and psychlogy. So, the conclusion here is easy to derive, that i, who was raised from childhood in a modern muslim belief have been mostly preferring reading all kinds of books rather than writing!'' His reading since childhood, has been mostly centered around knowing the truths[truth here means of all kinds humans ever categorized, mysteries and human psyche has given me a better understanding of the human soul, mind and spirit in collaboration with my Islamic teachings.] Since he started his reading at the age of 15 reading Stories of literary giants, like Leo tolstoy, George Orwell, and Guy de muppasant and many Indian masters like Sir Mohammed Iqbal(The Poet Of the East), Margret Marcus, Leopold weiss, and Manto. And their collective influence made me search for my own moorings, adapting my father's style of srorytelling. In the beginning, there was nothing magnificent in acquiring all this, from books, as it was nothing more beside his own interest, and his interest to help morally deprived and confused men he used to meet in parties and gatherings. And amazingly, only a few years back, an up an coming, extraordinarily talented writer and one of his closest friends of his, who always loved his ideas gave rise to a writer hiding somewhere inside him. When while sipping the tea he insisted him to collect his ideas in a diary which keep on counselling youngmen of varieties every third day resulting in a great interruption in our appointed informational communication. Suddenly, at the very instinct, the idea occured in his mind of writing down these ideas effectively, concisely and pertaining to the questions of todays' youth who are short of time resolving them. And with him as his inspiration, he picked up the pen, and started unfolding, writing in the name of the architect of this whole universe. Which is none other than ''Allah.''

5 comments on “Fundamentalism Marked off

  1. excellent !!!

  2. It may be hoped to shake the fundamentalism of the “secularists” against “fundamentalists”

  3. According to the Reader’s Digest Universal Dictionary “fundamental” means “having to do with the foundation; elemental; basic”, and “fundamentalism” an “unswerving belief in a set of basic and unalterable principles of a religious or philosophical nature”. Fundamentalism began to be used for devout christians who believed in and practiced every word of the bible even when those ideas were in conflict with modern scientific evidences. Gradually then fundamentalism began to be used like a derogatory term although if we look at the roots of the word it is not so. There is a hadith of the Prophet SAW which says that Islam began in this world as something strange and when the end if the world will be near Islam will again become something strange. To the world our devoutness and dedication to our religion is something strange in this era of athesim and disbelief.

    They brand us as fundamentals because of their own insecurities and fears.

    Great writing imram bhai

  4. well explained ….. well done … keep it up

  5. Great piece of work.

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