Islam versus Absolute Modernism

In the Name of Allāh,

the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

Praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, may the blessings and peace be upon our master Muḥammad, the last of prophets, on his family, and all his companions.

Resolution No. 100 (3/11) Islam versus Absolute Modernism

The Council of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, holding its 11th session in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, on 25–30 Rajab 1419h (14–19 November 1998),

Having examined the research papers submitted to the Academy concerning

Islam versus Absolute Modernism,

In light of the discussions that highlighted the dangers of this issue, and revealed the true nature of modernism as an intellectual theory based on the deification of reason, the rejection of the unseen, the denial of revelation and the destruction of everything related to beliefs, values and morals,

The following are the most important characteristics of modernism in the minds of its supporters:

  • Absolute dependence on the intellect and restriction to the data of empirical science, far away from the genuine Islamic
  • Complete separation between religion and all cultural, social, econom- ic, political and charitable institutions; and thus, their alignment with

Hence, the Academy resolves

First: Modernism, as mentioned above, is an atheist concept that is rejected by Allāh, His Prophet, and believers because it contradicts the principles of Islam and its fundamentals, no matter what clothes it wears, such as the so- called jealousy for Islam and the claim to revive it.

Second: Within the teachings of Islam and its law, there are sufficient solu- tions for humanity anywhere and anytime, because Islam is built on firm foun- dations without which human life cannot stand, and on variables that en- sure progress and development and welcome everything new and beneficial through Ijtihād, which is governed by and based on the various sources of Islamic legislation.


  1. The Organization of the Islamic Conference should form a committee of Muslim thinkers to monitor the phenomenon of modernism and its results and study it in a comprehensive, objective, and scientific manner to warn against its falsehoods and protect the Muslim youth from its severe
  2. Muslim governments should use all means to repel the mischievous methods of modernism and take the necessary measures to protect their countries and Muslim citizens from this

Indeed, Allāh is the Giver of success.

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