In the West
First Attempts at Reform
Western paths toward faithfulness must be constructed on solid, consistent, and coherent foundations, based on a double dialectical approach, encompassing both the contextualized study of the texts and the study of the context in the light of the texts. This chapter provides some keys to this. Muslims are persuaded that the Qur'an is the final divine Revelation and that it has a universal dimension. Their responsibility before God is to make the message of the pledge known and to explain its content as well as possible. The responsibility ends there, for the idea of converting people is alien to Islam: to pass on the message is to call and invite people to a real knowledge of the presence of God and a true understanding of His teachings. Conversion is something that only God can accomplish, through His revelation, with each individual.
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