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The major differences between the exoteric and esoteric path of Islam

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The earliest traditions from Islam, icluding the time when early Muslims were being prosecuted in Makkah, sow that forced conversions and the imposition of religious doctrine on other religions was not allowed. Te same can be said of the times when the Muslims were in power and had taken control of large swaths of the globe. Te reign of Umar is mentionable in this regard. I around a decade Umar was able to expand the Islamic frontiers manifold through armed conflict but again Islam was not imposed on people (Ahmed 34).

Istead, Ilam was spread in most of the conquered areas through open interaction with the non Muslims. Een with the existence of evidence to the contrary, tday’s radical Islamists are bent upon furthering Islam through violent means. Amajor problem that Islam faces like other major religions is the loss in translation. Ilam was originally revealed in the Arabian Peninsula and the medium of communication and instruction remained Arabic. Te Prophet Muhammad was Arab and was not instructed in other languages, s his entire set of instructions has been preserved in Arabic.

Smilarly, te Quran was revealed and the scribed in Arabic too. Tere were initially no problems as to the use of Arabic since the early converts and most of the converts in the Prophet’s own lifetime were Arabs. Hwever, a the Islamic empire began to spread under the Rightly Guided Caliphs, te need for taking up other languages became apparent. I was felt that translating massive works of Quran and Hadith into other languages would abrade the meanings of the original texts. I effort preserve the structures of Quran and Hadith, te caliph Usman decided to compile the Quran into Arabic (Burton 213).

Te compilation of the Quran into Arabic signaled the onset of orthodoxy in relation to religious texts in Islam. Tere has been a staunch tradition in Islamic communities to recite the Quran and to rote the Ahadith without actually comprehending the meaning of these texts. Tanslations are typically seen as vernacular deviations from the classical Islamic texts and is hence not encouraged or allowed. Cnsequently, te modern radical has been to issue extremist ideas by using fragmented versions of Islamic texts.

Snce the average Muslim has little understanding of the classical texts, tey tend to rely on community religious leaders for. ..

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