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Different Interpretations of Islam

Respecting Diversity: Different Interpretations of Islam

As one learns and interacts more with the Muslim community one soon comes to the realisation that the community is divided into segments based on different interpretations of the faith, religious, and often political affiliations, organisations which purport to represent various cultural, traditional and in some cases tribal or  historical aspects of the Muslim community. Others have been established with the aim of presenting Islam to the UK population in a way that is more appreciative of the geographical location, social, religious and political climate we live in or in the hope of assisting third and fourth generations of young people in finding a comfortable lifestyle that is compatible with their beliefs and where they can contribute positively and wholesomely to life in the UK.

Other organisations and individuals however, wish to be at odds with life and society here in the UK and resort to a more radical approach to living and presenting Islam which, by and large, is harmful to the peaceful coexistence we as Muslims wish to maintain where good neighbourliness through respect for the diversity that is within Islam, as well as that expressed outside the faith, is the way forward.

On this page we present you with a brief outline of the various theological schools of thought as well as some of the different sects and organisations that exist in the UK. We would encourage you to make your own enquiries and read more relating to each and particularly those you encounter through attendance at your local Mosque, meeting with local Islamic organisations or socialising with individuals who represent a particular world view or agenda, be that a personal or an organisational one.

Always be polite as Islam encourages politeness. However, with regard to any information tendered you should not hesitate to make the necessary enquiries from amongst those you trust and who you feel offer sincere advice on any matter you present to them, to clarify any concerns or questions you may have regarding an organisation, individual or sect you are unsure about. We should always endeavour to think well and kindly of every human being unless and until their behaviour indicates otherwise. Even then, it is best to withdraw from company of questionable or dubious repute quietly and without any drama involved.