Al Afghani's Influence On Religion

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Al Afghani was the leader of a movement that awakened Islam from its ignorance. A serious intellectual, his journey started in his studies in Iraq from Shiite scholars. The school highly focused on leadership and religion and he became informed and highly influenced by other Muslim philosophers. By the age of eighteen, Al-Afghani was well educated in philosophy, science, and Islamic studies and traveled all around the world. His opposition of imperialism began when he visited British India, due to witnessing the mutiny that occurred towards Indians. He became an icon as he spread his anti-colonialism stance across India, Egypt, and other Islamic countries. It was during his time in Cairo that he was brought into the spotlight with his radical ideas of how to modernize Islam while leading a secret reformist group. His speeches promoted political activism, informing the youth the dangers of foreign…show more content…
It’s a fundamental force in the progress of a civilization and without it there isn’t value or true purpose. Al Afghani stated that religion brings honesty, modesty, and truthfulness to a society. He didn’t believe in materialism, the character traits that are brought out happen to emulate the west. He explained to others that our insight into the Qur’an needs to be expanded, and just like the bible he himself showed how passages can be loosely interpreted into modern society and values There was an infinity of meanings to every passage, and felt that current philosophers only got a grasp of something that’s far more complex. Another point he mentions is that everyone is a philosopher and they are equal to that of a prophet in their quest of interpreting the Qur’an. He stressed that science and Islam are able to work together, and that religion is not as backward as the west suggests. He noted that science transcends religion, nations, and all people and it’s not exclusive to the
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