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Is Islam opposed to modernity?

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There is nothing about modernity in general that Islamic teachings are opposed to. In fact, many aspects of modernity, such as the use of science, reasoning and invention as a means for improving our lives are in line with the Islamic philosophy that led to the flowering of science and learning at the height of Islamic civilization. In turn, this blossoming of science and learning contributed to the European Renaissance. Muslims also have a tradition of ijtihad (independent thinking) which facilitates reform and reinterpretation.

However, we do question specific aspects of modernity. These include the rejection of the belief in God, the pursuit of wealth or pleasure and the increasing consumerist orientation of society and so on.

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