Tajdid(Reform) and reconciling culture and Human Rights in Islam

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luq_ali
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As-Salaam-Alaikum:

One of my research interests includes reform in the Muslim World. I hope a
good starting place, from a scholarly standpoint, is the Constitution of Medina,
and the pluralistic society that the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)built there, which
was later echoed in Mecca. How do you think we can begin the conversation,
reconciling, on the one hand, divergent views and schools of thought in
terms of interpretations of The Holy Qur'an and Hadith as it applies to
a person's personally held beliefs, while at the same time, striking a balance,
particularly in Muslim countries, of having no right to impose one's own
beliefs or views on others? (I know that Allah says in The Holy Qur'an that there
is no compulsion in matters of religion, (Surah 2:256 and be inference in 6:104,
but of unfortunately, in practice, this is exactly what we have in reality)

Does integration into a non-Muslim society, if we live in a non-Muslim
country, mean, acceptance and adoption of all the views and values of
that society, or is the proper course, realizing others may have different
values and practices, accepting that reality, respecting the rights of
others, WHILE not losing sight of your own practice and beliefs?

I have another question, as well. In the discussion of Tajdid or reform,
the issue of conflict resolution, finding common ground, and holding
accountable those who have committed wrongful actions arises.
There will have to be attempts at diplomacy and treaties and negotiations,
and such negotiations can not be limited to friends, but must include
foes. To what extent, IF ANY, should diplomatic missions and discussions
and discourse be taken with ISIS or Al Quaeda or some of the most
extreme and terrorist groups, which occupy vast amounts (though
diminishing) of land and control or have populations of people under
their authority? The Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) entered into treaties,
with enemies, such as The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. Is it really possible
or feasible to think a war against extremism and terrorism, can be won
merely through weapons and wars? Or should no such discussions and
attempts at diplomacy be fostered with such entities?
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Cool story akhi

May allah reward you.

Ameen.
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luq_ali
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Thank you.
Inshallah...

(Original post by PresidentAssad71)
Cool story akhi

May allah reward you.

Ameen.
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