Dear Brother Dawood, As-salaamu-Alaykhum.
About a fortnight ago I completed revision of my E-book titled, “ABRAHAM’S FAITH: Post-Modern Way of Life, not Religion”.
Chapter 6 of my E-book is titled, “The Intersection of the Secular and Religious”. The first few paragraph of the E-book are as follows:
[In the world we live in, it is very important to understand that science and religion are two separate entities, which do not agree with one another in almost every issue of life, even in methodology.
And, in the context of this dichotomy of the secular and religious, if we make science and religion two separate sets of “life”, then none of the elements of the one set would be acceptable to the other.
Hence, when Abraham did not find any of the teachings of the religions of his time suitable to his rational way of life, he distanced himself from all the religions that existed during his time, which in essence were no different from any of the religions of our times, which were far removed from reality.
And when he found God in reality through the Intelligence Design of His creations, free of all dogmas and doctrines of religion, as Creator and Designer of the universe, he found that there was another world (set) of science, which believed in the existence of God, in a universe where “Godless science was an impaired vision”.
Hence, he rejected the world of science which was Godless, and accepted the world of science which believed in the existence of God, as Designer and Creator of a Universe, and which functioned according to the laws of physics and mathematics.
Therefore, whatever is said and done in the Faith of Abraham; about God, His attributes, Books and Prophets of God, it is said and done in the context of the secular and scientific nature of the creation, which has nothing to do with religion except for the fact that God, His attributes, Books and Messengers are a product or elements of a secular and scientific world, in the notion of a religion.]
Thus, your thoughts and my thoughts, that religion is a very small subset of Islam and that it must be emphasized enough in our way of life to balance the secular and religious, are not coincidental. Your support in the matter has enhanced my confidence that I have not deviated from the “straight path” as Jawaid Bhai stated in his last post.
Anyway, as long as your other question is concerned whether I have followed your debate on salaat with Jawaid Bhai during the last three months, I would like to state that I tried but I could not do justice to it because of many reasons.
The prime reason is my health and that of my wife who is on wheel chair for the last 25 years due to stroke. And under the circumstances I have to do all the household chores, and caring for the wife is not easy at my age. Besides this, I keep myself busy studying Qur’an, writing articles and posts to many of my accounts on social media to make myself known with the view that it might help me promote the sale of my book. To date I did not sell one E-book yet. I think my drawback is my poor knowledge of language and professionalism.
AK Sayed (South Africa).