Secularism is against religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience and superstition. It promotes human reason, ethics, social science and philosophical naturalism.
Hence, its reason to reject religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience and superstition and to promote human reason, ethics and social science is based solely on its knowledge of philosophical naturalism, which it defines as follows:
“Philosophical naturalism is the idea or belief that only the natural (as opposed to the supernatural or spiritual) laws and forces operate in the world”
Hence, there are some similarities and differences between the Creeds of Abraham and that of Secularism.
The similarities stem from the fact that Abraham rejected all the fallacies of religion in the same way that secularists and atheists reject all the dogmas and superstitious beliefs and practices of religion.
Their difference is due to the fact that Abraham used “all the natural laws and forces of the universe (heavens and earth” (6:75) as opposed to only those “laws and forces that operate in the world” as in Secularism.
Hence, in a universal setup, where “the natural laws and forces that operate in the world” are not separated from “the natural laws and forces of the heavens and the earth”, it is totally wrong to replace pseudoscience with modern scientific methods based purely on human knowledge and experience. The latter should be an extension of “the natural laws and forces of the heavens and the earth” or that of the former, where adjustments should be made to the thinking of modern science in the face of pseudoscience.
Therefore, when Abraham used pseudoscience to deduce the existence of God by referring to “the natural laws of the heavens and the earth”, free of all dogmas and doctrines of religion, God did not say that it was wrong to do so.
And likewise, when Abraham deduced from the secular and scientific nature of the creations that he should not function according to the blind faith of religion and that he should perceive and function according to the secular and scientific nature of all the other creations in the universe, God did not say it was wrong to do so. Actually, in many places in the Qur’an, God tells us in many different ways, that if we did not do so, we would incur severe retributions.
Therefore, if Jews, Christians, Muslims and people of other religions are losing their adherents to Secularism, it is their own fault. They have not only failed to break away from their dogmatic stance and superstitions of the religions, but they have also failed to develop their way of life according to the secular and scientific nature of all of God’s creations.
Hence, in contrast, the fault of Secularism is that it does not build human knowledge based on “the natural laws and forces of the heavens and the earth” but it is built on “the natural laws and forces that operate in the world”, totally out of context with Divine Guidance on the matter.
For example, if it used Divine Guidance in the context of “the natural laws and forces of the heavens and the earth” it would not be completely against male circumcision. Likewise, it would not promote homosexuality, disapprove polygamy, separate Church from State, and so on.
AK Sayed (South Africa).
P/S: Please let me know if all this is nonsense because I would not like to make a fool of myself elsewhere by presenting it. And, if it makes sense, I would ask people on this forum who are better educated in Qur’an and science than I am to make a better presentation of it than I have done for the benefit of all mankind without copyright.