Enttraditionalisierung refers the erosion of the traditional modes of being (including religion) that began in Humanist orientated societies where ideas of ‘freedom of choice’ devalue traditional civilizations systems. This process began in the late 19th century CE and it typically leads to a weakening or extinction of those traditional ideas, aspirations, beliefs, taboos and moralities from which societies once benefited as stabilizing forces leading to social cohesion and altruism.
Where the people in such societies have a strong Secular ideology to believe, such as the pseudo-religion of Communism with its misguided philosophy of Dialectical-Materialism, they may hold together, but without such bonds the result may often be existential angst and the Mass Neurotic Triad of depression, addiction (to drugs, consumer, free-sex, pornography etc) and aggression (which would lead to spiralling crime in the 20th and 21st centuries CE). The roots of all of this were born in the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ a the resultant growth of aggressive Secularism and the horrible beast that is Secular Fundamentalism. Secularism is basically just the ideology of those who believe in a separation of ‘church and state’.
Secularism may range between being rather benevolent in intentions to very horrible in intentions and effects. Usually it exists between these two poles. There have historically been two strands of Secularism. The Anglo-Saxon strand of Secularism is based upon the principle of the separation of Church (religious authority) and State (government), which developed as a result of British history – this is the Secularism of the UK, USA and other similar states – it is a Secularism that was traditionally not hostile towards religion. The French strand of Secularism was born out of the bloody French Revolution and it is based upon the state’s claim to authority across a far greater spectrum of human life than in the Anglo-Saxon model. It is a version of Secularism, which has often expressed hostility, intolerant-suppression and even violence towards religious people and institutions. It is the Secularism of the Secular fundamentalists.
Secularization is the process by which the people of traditional cultures and religions are de-acculturated, drawn away from religious practices and beliefs and absorbed into the so-called ‘modern’ understanding of the world in which science and Humanism are seen as the new ‘religion’ and in which Atheism or New Ageism are combined with Ego gratifying self-worship and the harmful misguided belief that all moral values are ultimately subjective. Some Muslim thinkers have embraced Secularism in their own way. Traditional Muslims however may coexist with it, live in it, even support it in many situations, but they shall never become true Secularists because they know that, in theory at least, they must support the way of governance established by the four Rightly Caliphs (Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (may Allah bless them) as being the best way for the Muslim lands to be ruled. Many of them are fully aware of the reality of Enttraditionalisierung and the corrosion of traditional ways, their replacement with global consumerist culture and the loss of the Deen of Islam that is associated with this. In this light they espouse tradition supporting Monarchism and defend Monarchs who may be far from perfect, as they hold them preferable to gangs of liberal Atheists on the make, professional politicians who may often only be seeking to line their own pockets.
During the Arab Spring heard a lot of talk about Democracy, earlier we have heard people talking about Islam and Muslims in relation to Democracy, but what is this Democracy that is being spoken of?
Democracy is the system of government in which political decisions are made by a popular vote, including all or part of the population. Muslims may thrive in a genuine liberal democracy (especially the Anglo-Saxon model – where there is freedom of religion and tolerance of differences).
Furthermore faith institutes Shura, which is Divinely ordained consultative government in which the people were given a vote in many areas even during a time of Prophetic guidance. The advantage of universal suffrage (a vote for everyone) is that it helps prevent corrupt elites from going to the worst excesses, yet at the same time it sometimes means that an ignorant populous with little understanding of political issues or right and wrong may be put in a position where they can influence government policy, on mass this can be disastrous and result in harmful and misguided governance, such as the election of Adolf Hitler (the murderer of millions) by the German people in free elections. Such things can be especially likely to occur when the populous is manipulated by a powerful and corrupt media.
Apply no salve to the wound
of an oppressor of the people.
He who had mercy upon a serpent
Knew not that it was an injury
to the Children of Adam.