Is Reformation In the Future of Islam?

Originally published: 2018-09-06 00:17:55

It is said, “change is the only constant of life.”

This constant of life is a universal process that encompasses all things.

Change presents two alternatives: either successful adaptation or extinction.

Adaptation is akin to the performance of a complicated dance that environmental forces and conditions choreograph and all species aim to keep up.

Thousands and thousands of species have failed to keep in step with the ever-changing requirements and have become extinct.

We, humans, some of us, have “danced” successfully enough, thus far, to reach our present state.

Yet the species’ past success is no guarantee of continued success.

What makes matters even more daunting is the rapid rate that conditions are changing and the ever increasing complexity of these changes.

The confluence of ever accelerating changes in the environment, demography, economics, weaponry and much more are presently severely testing humanity’s ability and willingness to adjust.

Sadly, many of us are still clinging to outmoded ways of thinking and obsolete practices.

Some of us even, with nostalgia, wish for the long-ago times.

No amount of wishing, however, can set the clock back.

There is no such a thing as a time machine that can take us back to the idealized past.

Even if we could go back, we would most likely find ourselves face to face with challenges and problems that were equally daunting at our point of development.

The adaptability and change that are required of a five-year-old child are no less taxing, given his capabilities at his stage of development, than those that face an adult.

Hence, it is a delusion to wish for the “good old days.”

The “good old days” had their own good old problems.

All we can do, realistically, is to go forward, employing our very best collective effort.

Throughout history, adaptability has been central to the survival of all species.

In the case of humanity, adaptability has indeed been paramount.

In the face of major and minor changes, many human groups, the world over and over the millennia, time and again, modified their thinking and practices to successfully meet new challenges and opportunities.

The willingness to change, however, has not been uniformly practiced through the ages by all members of our species.

Those human groups that failed to respond adaptively were swept away by the inevitable force of changing conditions.

Based upon the above premise, can we say that Islam will eventually adapt to our century and reform itself?

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