The Dilemma of Secularism and Religion

   In France, while Mr Macron is trying to use Secularism to solve the problem of religious extremism and fundamentalism, in USA, Mr Trump is using Religion to solve the problem of Secular extremism and fundamentalism. Lawmaker, Jeff Session did say, “It was to establish the Truth”.
   And in Poland, the Supreme Court has used “God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty” according to the preamble of its Constitution to ban all abortions except that of rape, incest and for health reasons.
   This is because in the Abrahamic Faiths we are told to develop human life according to “the laws of Nature and that of the wider universe” in a neutral and universal manner with the Guidance of God, as Creator, free of all dogmas and doctrines of Religion.
   For example, in Nature we observe that animals commit incest, but the Qur’an (4:23-24) give us a long list of people whom we cannot marry. In addition to this, it states that adultery, fornication, rape, etc, is a major sin and punishable.
   Likewise, in Nature, plants and animals establish “certainty of knowledge” according to the methodology of ilm-ul-yaqin (certainty of knowledge by inference and reasoning), ayn-ul-yaqin (certainty of knowledge by seeing and observing and haqq-ul-yaqin (absolute knowledge, like this is a laptop, etc). We are told to do the same.
   Therefore, in the context of the above, to state that the boundaries of Truth and Falsehood do not exists in the teachings of Humanism, Human Rights, Free Speech, Liberalism, Modernism, etc, and most of all in Secularism, is conjecture.
   And to state that because such knowledge comes from the Abrahamic Faiths, it is Religion, is also not true because all Abrahamic Faiths are in Reality opposed to Religion. For example, for Muslims to state that ISLAM is a RELIGION OF PEACE and for Christians to state that CHRISTIANITY is a RELIGION OF LOVE is illogical because Religion by nature is divisive and cause for hate and war?
   In view of the above and the comment by the minister in France on “ethnic food” and Edrogan’s comment on the “mental health” of Macron, it seems that France needs another Revolution, this time, to replace both Religion and Secularism with Reality. There will be great benefit in doing so because their teaching of Secularism is also not compatible with Democracy.
   For example, initially when France banned the niqab and burqa in public it said it was “oppressive” to Muslim women, without getting such a mandate from the “holier than thou group”. When I said this was not Democracy, they changed their mind and then they said it was for security reasons. Now they are banning home schooling. Is that Democracy?
   At the present moment, Muslim scholars of the Qur’an Alone are in the best position to solve this conflict of Secularism and Religion. They have the infallible Word of God in the form of the Qur’an and the illustrious example of Prophet Muhammad in world history. According to Dr Michael H Hart “Prophet Muhammad was only person in history who was most extremely successful in both the secular and religious levels”. 
   But the last word on this issue must go to Napoleon Bonaparte who played a very big part in the French Revolution as a statesman and military leader. He said, “I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness”.
   AK SAYED