List of Farid Gabteni’s quotes


There is no longer any need to demonstrate the key role of images in education, information and communication. The use and the influence of images, as a support and means of communication, have become inescapable in our modern society, particularly among young people. To underestimate this reality is to ignore the human and social sciences, and it is to refuse to adapt oneself positively to the requirements of evolution. Aware of these current data, I consented to the request of my collaborators and of the SCDOFG to use my portraits in order to convey my texts and quotes for a wider diffusion among young people and the general public. (Farid Gabteni)

I would like to extend my support, encouragement and congratulate all those who are involved in organizing seminars and conferences on my work and who contribute to their dissemination. It is with this in mind that I agreed on the foundation of the SCDOFG. However, I cannot personally participate, with only a few exceptions; in fact, for several years, I’ve been dedicating myself to research and living away from the world. (Farid Gabteni)

It is true that those who convey and share my writings and quotations usually come from the intellectual world. I think that this is due – more than to the uniqueness of my literary expression – to my work, which is not scientifically controversial. I use neither polemic nor frivolity; I arouse and develop historical, philosophical, scientific and markedly universalist themes. As for the general public – should I reach them – they nonetheless remain victim to an elitist education system and meet generalities more than accuracy, appearances rather than substance. (Farid Gabteni)

Certainly, We have Sent it down as Qurân frank (Arabic, Σarabî); perhaps you will reason! (Qurân / Chapter 12, verse 2). In Arabic, the word aΣraba (أعرب), from the root Σ-R-B (ع ر ب), means ‘speaking openly, clearly, frankly’, whilst the word aΣjamî (أعجمي), from the root Σ-J-M (ع ج م), means ‘speaking unintelligibly, hermetically, in code.’ Σarabî (clear/frank, عربي) is thus the antonym of aΣjamî (hermetic/coded, أعجمي). In other words, Σarabî (عربي) denotes an expression, language or discourse which is clear and frank, whilst aΣjamî (أعجمي) denotes an expression, language or discourse which is hermetic and coded, which must be clarified in order to be understood. The Qurân was revealed in Arabic; i.e. in clear and frank language; in this case, the language is not intrinsically linked to an ethnic group. (Farid Gabteni)

Can one believe without being credulous? This is a recurring question in the West, where faith is commonly opposed to reason. Yet a watchful eye will point out that this divorce between belief and intelligence is specific to Western culture. It has not reached such proportions in any other civilisation. In no other culture has religion ever been as synonymous with obscurantism, that is, the negation of man’s ability to consider and judge by himself. (Farid Gabteni)

We are expected to live in society, a way of living characterized by the group life, an environment in which culture and civilisation develop; and not in the mass, synonymous with impulsive unstable teeming crowd. (Farid Gabteni)

Atheistic materialism is an obscurantism disguised as a progressivism. Underhand and devastating, it conveys a truncated science and a decreased consciousness. By reducing, disparaging and denying all spiritual purpose of the human and the creation, by dehumanizing the individual and society through simplistic-looking theories, it denudes humanity of its substance and its reason for being. (Farid Gabteni)

Our society has fallen under the yoke of a tangential, generalist and relativist media culture; verification and the detailed study of facts have become the exclusive preserve of specialists. This state of facts can be even more damaging when it relates to ideology of any form. (Farid Gabteni)

Religion can be compared to a drug: essential to right a wrong, but possibly with undesirable side effects if misunderstood, and/or following failure to comply with the therapeutic prescription. Spirituality is to religion what a cure is to healing: there can be no religion without true spirituality, as there can be no healing without an effective cure. (Farid Gabteni)

There can be no evil in good, but good may be used to evil ends, and vice-versa. There can be no wrong in science, but science may be used to do wrong, and vice-versa. Believers, fearing God, think and act in a distinctive way as a consequence. (Farid Gabteni)

Faith is not synonymous with ignorantism; atheism is not synonymous with scientism; fanaticism, for its part, is synonymous with totalitarianism. (Farid Gabteni)

At the dawn of the new millennium, the whole world has to face with numerous ecological, social, political, economic and ethical crises… everyone agrees with that. Yet science and technology are developing at a vertiginous speed. The paradox between science and technological knowledge, on the one hand, and the system running out of steam, which generates them, on the other, becomes increasingly apparent. (Farid Gabteni)

The question ‘Where are we going?’ is coming back in force and puts into perspective the frantic transformations taking place in a society becoming more globalised every day, composed of disoriented individuals. Evolution is no longer under control, as it is now only being driven by technological discoveries, without real consideration of the socio-economic, societal, psychological… in one word, human factors. (Farid Gabteni)

The question of a Creative Principle, of an intelligent and lucid Prime Cause, has now become a scientific issue. But, considering it reflexively has profound consequences. This leads us once again towards a real cultural revolution, questioning postulates that are more than two centuries old. (Farid Gabteni)

For centuries, Europe lived under the yoke of the one-track thinking and the Inquisition, which was only definitively abolished in Spain in 1834. Formulating a new idea or expressing a contrary opinion to the ruling religion exposed the perpetrators to persecutions of the worst kind, and very often to death. After seven centuries of Muslim presence in Spain and four in Sicily, there are no remaining Muslim populations in those places, to the extent that, at the beginning of the twentieth century, only Christian populations and a surviving Jewish minority remained in Europe. Even then, a large proportion of this minority was almost exterminated during the Second World War. (Farid Gabteni)

The voice of the soul is the universal aspiration of justice and truth, of harmony and beauty, of perfection and absolute; the voice of the body is the universal need for energy and power, for fusion and effusion, for scope and duration. It is necessary to answer this second effectively in order to answer the first. (Farid Gabteni)

Nowadays, few people are aware that most scientists of our time are believers, including many of those who were once atheists. People deliberately refrain from disclosing this. It must also be said that some of these scientists prefer to remain discreet in the interest of their career. The atheist establishment has indeed replaced that of the church and calls the shots from now on. Woe betide those who contest this – they are ‘excommunicated’, vilified, denigrated and silenced, if possible. (Farid Gabteni)

For God, you are a student if you want it, you are a professor if you can; the best is to be both. (Farid Gabteni)

In fact, modern science is much more favourable towards theism than atheism. I do mean theism, which consists of accepting the existence of a Unique, Living and Personal God as the transcendent cause of the world. (Farid Gabteni)

If information is indeed the basis of everything, that being said, the digit 1 does not produce anything; the law of arithmetic of 1 + 1 = 2 tells me that if, for example, I cause the addition of 1 book + 1 book, I get 2 books, but if I do not complete the action of adding together the 2 books, the law of arithmetic alone cannot cause this to happen. The laws of mathematics that enable natural phenomena to be explained, and therefore predicted, do not create them. In the same way, the law of gravity, which does not even explain gravity, does not create gravity or the matter on which gravity operates. It is therefore even less able to create the Universe. (Farid Gabteni)

The laws of physics do not create anything on their own; they demonstrate the relationships between facts once introduced by a cause. A car exists and runs on a road thanks to the laws of physics, but these laws did not create either the car or the road. The laws of physics were created by an intelligent and lucid will, just as the car and the road were. And an intelligent and lucid will is required to design, start and drive a car correctly on a road. It is the same to determine the equations and start and conduct the formation and evolution of the world. (Farid Gabteni)

It is now clearly established that the laws of physics had to be very specific, adjusted and accurate, in order to enable the evolution of the Universe and the emergence of life. It is impossible to attribute to chance the extreme accuracy of the choice of the original conditions required for the existence of the Universe. It is obvious that an intelligent and lucid will presided over the adjustment of these parameters. (Farid Gabteni)

Scientists measure the meaning and the reach of the terms they use. They use them to transmit unequivocal information, corresponding to a single semantic unit, exempt from any other interpretation. (Farid Gabteni)

Thinking that successive flukes are at the origin of the existence of the Universe and ourselves, is like believing that it is possible to systematically win the lottery during each draw, every second, twenty-four hours a day, non-stop, for fourteen billion years. For lack of being able to explain these extremely accurate adjustments of the laws of physics through simple chance, some people set forth the string theory, or the idea that there are several, or even an infinite number of Universes, including our own, and each of these has its own laws, which leaves the probability that at least one of these worlds must be correctly adjusted. Well, by chance ‘as usual ؟’, we are in that Universe. (Farid Gabteni)

It can be said that the Universe has a universal language consisting of mathematical instructions, which are the foundation of the laws of physics and of everything that exists in this Universe. All that we can know and observe from this world is down to mastery of this language, which is expressed in everything. Study the sky, the earth, man, the ant, the molecule, the atom or anything, and you will see the transcription of this language. This is the seal of the Creator of the skies and the earth and what is between them. (Farid Gabteni)

Sometimes you talk and you do not always know what you say; sometimes you listen and you do not always understand what you hear; sometimes you look and you do not always perceive what you see. (Farid Gabteni)

Man is distinguished by an intelligence that is incomparable with any other living being on Earth. Whether he has links to the monkey, the fruit fly or the earthworm, this changes nothing in terms of his particular and exclusive specificity. (Farid Gabteni)

Intelligence has no sense without knowledge, it is perfected by science, consciousness and action as a consequence. (Farid Gabteni)

It is not by listing your aristocratic titles that you prove that you are noble. Similarly, it is not by trumpeting your university degrees and your qualifications as a researcher that you prove that you are an accomplished scientist. The nobility of a person is distinguished by their worth, their qualities and their merits; a scientist is characterized likewise by their objective knowledge, methodically and rationally developed, based on the strict observation of facts. Our names, degrees and qualifications are symbolic, our good works are eternal. (Farid Gabteni)

It is true that nowadays too many whimsical and ludicrous works are circulating, falsely presented as scientific. Similarly, many neophytes present themselves as specialists and write about scientific works, drawing conclusions without having the requisite skills. Enlightened people protect themselves from misinformation and manipulation through discernment, knowledge and the verification of facts. (Farid Gabteni)

Islâm, the most driving force for theism, is not getting any weaker but it is rather developing and progressing throughout the world; its influence continues to extend to all nations in their ethnic, social and cultural diversities. It would be irresponsible to ignore Islâm and minimize its scope, dangerously leaving free rein to ultra-traditionalism and its ideological and practical deviations which are totally contrary to the original Message of Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

The scientific validity of my work is recognized and undisputed by specialists. However, some of these specialists – Muslim traditionalists – have expressed reservations with regard to the conclusions of my research, i.e. the desacralisation of ideological traditionalism and the re-establishment, pure and simple, of original Islâm (610-632). My work is intended for a Muslim audience, but also, and perhaps more, for non-Muslims, in order to differentiate between truth and falsehood, between original Islâm and warped, instrumentalised islam. (Farid Gabteni)

I am not the one who is knowledgeable and a polyglot. It is rather the Qurân, which is encyclopedic; the original Message of Islâm, which is universalist; and the scope of both, which is humanist and cosmic. This is what is ignored by Islamophobes and, to an even higher degree, by obscurantists. (Farid Gabteni)

Truth is a sharp blade, and he who speaks of it is a fool. For many, it is heavy, embarrassing, it raises a frown or sticks in the throat. No matter who pronounces the word, the wise man knows that anything might follow. (Farid Gabteni)

I learned the Qurân, the ḥadîth, the sunnah/sîrah, theology and jurisprudence via the teaching and the vision of great doctors (Σulamâ), references in the field of traditionalism. Therefore, I myself became a traditionalist (moderate؟) for some time. However, when I specialized and studied among others historiography, I then reopened the Qurân with a multidisciplinary scientific approach; what was not my surprise to discover that the original Message of Islâm stated in the Corpus of the Qurân makes serious objection to many assertions included in the multiple writings of tradition, while the latter constitute the basis of the traditionalist ideology. (Farid Gabteni)

I learnt yesterday to be today, I pray today that you will be tomorrow; simply Human. (Farid Gabteni)

In my translation of the Qurân, I have made every effort to exploit the riches of old, classical and modern French, with the aim of creating a literal translation of the source text; the use of a dictionary is highly recommended for those French speakers who wish to dig deeper into the sense of the words used in Quranic language. (Farid Gabteni)

Etymologically, in the Arabic language, Islâm (الإسلام) means Pacification: the action of pacifying, establishing, re-establishing and maintaining peace; the submission to God through peace. Islâm is the activation of peace (al-silm, al-salâm, السّلم السّلام): he who submits to God gets pacified (yuslim, يسلم), he banishes troubles from his mind, the rebellious streaks within him and around him; he is pacified, Muslim (muslim, مسلم), and pacifist (mussâlim, مسالم): he yearns for peace, safety and tranquillity; he is not in favour or involved in troubles and rebellion; as a result, he acquires a peaceful (salîm, سليم), healthy and saintly heart, in peace with God and His Creation. (Farid Gabteni)

(…) This day I have Completed on you your creance (religion) and I have Perfected on you My Grace, and I have Approved for you the Pacification (Islâm), creditor (religiosity) (…) (Qurân / Chapter 5, verse 3). This verse is the last to have been revealed, the final point of the Revelation. Islâm, the last religion to be revealed, was complete and approved as such from that day. Any addition subsequent to this revelation has been the result of many circumstances of the history of Muslims and cannot be considered as being part of the canon of Islâm. To say the opposite is to state that the Religion was not complemented at the revelation of this verse, contrary to what it claims. (Farid Gabteni)

Study the past and the present, learn through science and knowledge, watch the sky, the celestial bodies, the earth, the sea, life, death, everything small and large. Then, you will know, you will know Him, you will then be able to testify that there is no god but God, and you will know how and why to live. (Farid Gabteni)

Religion of the good and beautiful work, of the middle way, of moderation, Islâm is the religion of science and the knowledge of God through His Creation. One of the elements, and not the least, that distinguishes the Qurân from earlier revelations is its insistence on the notions of science and knowledge. By the way, the first word of the Revelation to Muhammad was: Iqra’! (Read!). (Farid Gabteni)

As to the first man designated as human, it is Âdam, and the first time he is mentioned in the Qurân, God says: And He made Known to Âdam the names, all of them (…) (Qurân / Chapter 2, verse 31). It is therefore clear that, in the Qurân, the very beginning of human being is linked to knowledge. The first thing that Âdam received from God is the knowledge of all the names, and the first order from God to Muhammad was Read!. God’s Message to man, from the very beginning to Muhammad and then to the end of times, is: Read, learn, know the creation of God, in order to know God and act accordingly; that is, act correctly and with kindness, for you will be judged. (Farid Gabteni)

And the Day of the Resurrection: (…) Those to whom knowledge was Given said: ‘This day, certainly, degradation and defilement are upon the denigrators (Qurân / Chapter 16, verse 27); And those to whom knowledge and assurance (faith, belief) were Given said: ‘Assuredly you have already remained in the Writing of God to the Day of the Resurrection, so this is the Day of the Resurrection; but you did not know’ (Qurân / Chapter 30, verse 56). This is to say to what extent knowledge constitutes God’s first commandment in Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

Continuous reading and study, Faith and permanent practice of the Remembrance of God, constant good intention, right action and ceaseless charity are the stuff of a useful life and cure all ills. (Farid Gabteni)

I say what I believe and I believe in what I say. I have no certainty but my Faith, and have no abilities except when I read, study and write. (Farid Gabteni)

My Faith is not vain, it has shaped me into who I love to be, student and scholar, servant of God The Supreme; to serve the human cause. (Farid Gabteni)

Focusing one’s attention and reflection on what one says, what one hears and what one sees, is to become aware of things, of oneself, and of others. Correctly deciphering beyond what one says, what one hears and what one sees, is to become aware of all of the things, of oneself, and of others in their entirety. Beyond these two groups, one finds the True, the Inexpressible Reality. (Farid Gabteni)

To deny the Qurân its scientific aspect is to ignore or forget that the Islamic scholars and civilisation are the fruit of a Quranic culture which encourages reflection and scientific research. The influence and the contribution of the Qurân to the Muslim scholars are undeniable and historically proven. (Farid Gabteni)

Muslim scholars have all been believers, trained through study of the Qurân. Almost all of them became theologians, before specializing in various scientific disciplines. They enriched Science with their knowledge and all thereof acquired throughout the history of humanity. Their works are nowadays considered as the precursor of modern science. Time and again, these scholars have testified that in-depth study of the Qurân was the source of their scientific vocation. (Farid Gabteni)

And those to whom knowledge and assurance (faith, belief) were Reported have said (…) (Qurân / Chapter 30, verse 56). In this verse, the word ‘knowledge’ precedes the word ‘faith’, both must be considered simultaneously, one with the other. Indeed, the result of knowledge combined with faith is peace, serenity, a peaceful (سليم), healthy and saintly heart. History has proven that, without knowledge or discernment, every belief is dependent on circumstances and passion, which lead to the best and/or to the worst. (Farid Gabteni)

Was Omar Khayyâm a mystic, a follower of Sufism, or agnostic? Specialists have yet to provide a definitive answer. Himself claimed to be an ‘undisciplined believer.’ One thing which is evident is that he was not dogmatic. Many aspects of his life remain obscure; his poems, rubâ’iyyat or quatrains, have not all been formally authenticated. Whatever the verdict, as far as Muslim savants are concerned, we can say that whilst they were certainly believers, they believed in their own unique ways and had little inclination to follow orthodox traditionalism; for this reason, I consider them as Quranists. Their science permitted them to distinguish between original, pragmatist Islâm, as set out in the Qurân, and the institutionalised religious tradition. (Farid Gabteni)

All Muslim scholars were – without exception – Quranists, as was the Prophet himself; and the deviationist extremists were all traditionalists, and those of today are no less such; that says it all. (Farid Gabteni)

Muslims of progress and of Science provided humanity with the basis of modern knowledge. Islâm is the only world religion to have given birth to a civilisation of science. Backward-thinkers, fanatics and criminals have always, in all times and all societies, been something from which humanity has needed to heal itself. (Farid Gabteni)

To be a Muslim, one must bear witness that there is no god but God. And to be a true witness, to be able to attest to the truth, reality, it requires a knowledge, an understanding of facts and things. Once this knowledge acquired, we access then faith by reason and heart, we become humble in the peace and love of God, we know where we come from and where we go, we act with benevolence and beneficence; we distinguish good from evil, truth from falsehood. (Farid Gabteni)

The Muslim who knows, is a being of Peace, tolerant, good, benevolent and beneficent; he believes in the Unique God without associate, in the God of Israel, of Christ, of Muhammad, in the God of all men without distinction, in the God of the skies, the earth and what is between them, in the God of those who live in the skies and on earth. And certainly if the Creance, the Religion with God is Islâm, He Brings up to whom He Wants and He Forgives to whom He Wants. So not one excluded, all His creatures enter His Mercy. And I say that this is not a point of detail. (Farid Gabteni)

There is no greater happiness than to dispel fears, to ease pain, to relieve misfortunes and to put joy into people’s hearts. Charity is honor and greatness. (Farid Gabteni)

The Qurân is not an arcane book, reserved solely for the initiated; it is expressly exoteric in that it can and must be shared and taught publicly. However, due to its divine nature, the text features and conveys several levels of juxtaposing and complementary reading; no interpretation – literal or anagogical – can break free. That being said, its signified meaning can be inferred with an optimal probability of discourse analysis, be it specific or generic. The Qurân is therefore accessible to all people who are bestowed with reason and common sense; it is incomprehensible to the deaf who do not want to hear, and the blind who do not want to see. (Farid Gabteni)

History of philosophy teaches us that thinkers speak and use words by attaching great importance to what they convey – both etymologically and timelessly – as a meaning and significance. This process – which incites subtlety while rejecting ambiguity – is essential to the conception and establishment of an explicit theoretical basis as critical thought. (Farid Gabteni)

I demonstrate throughout my book, through dozens of examples, that the Qurân insists on and encourages reflection, reasoning, and the search for knowledge; therefore, the understanding of God. The Qurân is not law in itself, but Revelation; it is Religion in that it establishes a connection between man and the Divine Order, a Superior Reality, which takes the form of Knowledge, Faith, Kindness, Charity, the Order of good, Abstinence from evil, Pacification and Peace; that is the original Message of Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

The Truth, nothing but the Truth, the whole Truth, I only want and I only seek the True of the Truth; regardless of the consequences. (Farid Gabteni)

Unlike the Bible and most sacred books that chronologically relate the history of creation, the world, man, the Prophets and Messengers, the Qurân, for its part, aside from Joseph or exceptionally, does not report events in one single piece, in any particular chapter, instead, they are fragmented and presented in a nonlinear way throughout the whole of the corpus. It is not necessarily about relating historical facts themselves, but more about stimulating scientific research, analysis and reflection, which raise the soul to Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

Contrary to what some think and preach, the Qurân does not portray itself as a history book, nor as a civil and penal code, in the literal sense of the words. Deep understanding of the Qurân is achieved only by a rigorous pluridisciplinary analysis, through binoculars, a magnifying glass and under a microscope. It is the Revelation of God, His Word addressed to man’s reason and reasoning. (Farid Gabteni)

Corruption and evil have still predominated; they have names such as: injustice, mass manipulation, obscurantism, misery, wars, massacres, crises, all forms of trafficking, environmental degradation, extinction of species, pollution, climate change, etc. Corruption has appeared in the land and the ocean because of what the hands of people have acquired, so that He makes them Taste a part of what they have worked; so perhaps they will come back! (Qurân / Chapter 30, verse 41). (Farid Gabteni)

I’m in pain, I suffer from my powerlessness in the face of so much misery in the world, I am ashamed of those who, powerful and rich, claim to be my friends, politically do very little and do not devote at least the fifth of their budgets to contributing to the eradication of poverty and wretchedness ; now I’ve said it. (Farid Gabteni)

In Africa, Asia, South America and elsewhere in the world, forests are being devastated, lakes and rivers have dried up, lands and villages are engulfed, entire populations are displaced, millions of people live below the poverty line, there are hundreds of thousands of victims of famine, murder, kidnapping and human organ trafficking, millions of women are beaten and assaulted, hundreds of thousands of children are enslaved etc. There is no mention of that except beyond a certain threshold of horror‚ or then, for the Football World Cup. (Farid Gabteni)

The world will not evolve through cries and lamentations, with weapons and with tears. Instead, we can change it using conscience, knowledge and intelligence. It will not move forward with force and domination, but through the heart and the intellect. It cannot be built on utopias, but using a re-founded, mature and united Humanity. (Farid Gabteni)

The advance of Islâm, which contrasts with the degeneration of some Muslims, can be explained by the universal nature of its original Message, a Message that cannot be restrained by the vicissitudes that Muslims have been facing for many centuries. It Is He Who Sent His Envoy with the guidance and the creance (religion) of the true, so that He Manifests it above any creance (religion); and [even] though it has constrained those who associate (Qurân / Chapter 61, verse 9). (Farid Gabteni)

The simultaneous emergence of the charlatan (الدجال) and charlatanism is from now on effective worldwide; they characteristically present themselves under the false pretences of virtue and piety. Many believe in these facades, until the light of knowledge is irrevocably manifest and allows to confuse these dark and evil forces. (Farid Gabteni)

Being a Muslim is coming out of darknesses into Light, the Qurân enounces; and not the reverse, as charlatans preach it. (Farid Gabteni)

Under the cover of an islam that has been distorted by ignorantists, some fanatics, corruptors of the faith, who are at ease with ignominy, commit the worst crimes against God and humanity. By distorting Islâm and all the universal, moral values, they are cultivating discord, hatred of others, violence and sectarianism. Although it is undeniable that these demonic criminals target and threaten civilisation as a whole, Muslims are the first victims of their theories and their nightmarish practices. (Farid Gabteni)

No greatness in the petty, in the tyrant or the murderer; their only master is their animal, rascally instinct. (Farid Gabteni)

Criminals do not have a religion; they take joy in murder, destruction and corruption on earth. Islâm condemns the demonic and murderous charlatans – woe betide them in this world and the next. (Farid Gabteni)

Islâm is innocent of the crimes, cruelties and massacres perpetrated falsely in its name by deviationist and criminal heretics. Those are rather the henchmen of evil, perverts and corrupters on earth. (Farid Gabteni)

Wrongdoers are numerous but insignificant, we are few but powerful; they believe in themselves, and we believe in God. (Farid Gabteni)

God does not love aggression or the aggressors, and certainly not the corrupters on Earth, the bloodthirsty and the criminal butchers. (Farid Gabteni)

Psychoanalysis shows us that violent men – especially those who beat and abuse women and/or children – are characterized by psychopathic personalities; with complexes and intolerant to frustration, they resort to anti-social and amoral behavior. This type of person has neither ethics nor religion, only false claims. (Farid Gabteni)

The heart of the problem concerning terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islâm lies in an obscurantist, fanatical and violent ideology, which preaches hatred and murder. This type of heretical ideology runs contrary to and undermines original Islâm, leading the ignorant and weak-spirited astray and turning them into criminal demons. We must inform, teach and raise awareness amongst Muslims of original Islâm, a fount of science, progress, tolerance, peace and civilisation. (Farid Gabteni)

Faith is intimately linked to kindness and benevolence. Disarray is inwardly connected to brutality and violence. (Farid Gabteni)

The idea of doing evil tears me apart, the need to do Good attracts me, the feeling of hatred makes me sick, that of Love inspires me. (Farid Gabteni)

In his time, the Prophet never took on a war of aggression; all of those he was forced to take on were either defensive, or (more rarely) preventative. Those after him, who have acted differently on their own, bear sole responsibility before God and History. (Farid Gabteni)

Original Islâm calls for humanism and universalism, unlike ideological traditionalism which leads to communitarianism and identity withdrawal. The first is the Teaching of God, Master of the worlds; the second is the infatuation of the doctrinarian and narrow-minded sectarians. (Farid Gabteni)

Some, led astray, spend their time, tearing each other apart, often most sincerely. Both sides claim ‘God Is The Greatest!’ and, in one camp like the other, they pretend to defend God’s righteous cause. They are in a restricted mental state through which ignorantism perpetuates obscurantism, superstition and violence. Many have become hostages or puppets of bygone dogmatism and era. (Farid Gabteni)

ΣÂshûrâ’ is a celebration for some, during which one rejoices; it is a period of mourning for others, during which people flagellate themselves. It should be neither a festivity nor a mortification by flagellation. Muslim historians, without exception, tell that the last and beloved grandson of the Prophet, Al-Ḥussayn, was killed and beheaded by so-called Muslims on the day of ‘Σâshûrâ’ (01/10/61 H/10-10-680 G). Who can thus claim Muhammad’s community and rejoice on that day? How can one also allow mortification by flagellation, while Islâm entirely rejects this process? This day should be a time of contemplation and thought about our history – both of yesterday and today – to make us look towards tomorrow. (Farid Gabteni)

Moses, Jesus and Muhammad did not celebrate their dates of birth; nor did the Jews, the first Christians and the first Muslims celebrate the anniversary of the birth of their Prophets. Furthermore, in the history of religions, we find no trace of a Prophet who would have initiated their disciples into such celebrations. (Farid Gabteni)

The Prophet appointed and sent officers and instructors to teach Monotheism through Islâm (Pacification). Nevertheless, he instituted neither clergy nor government, and he designated no one – precisely and clearly – to exercise political and/or religious power after him. Therefore, original Islâm did not legitimize the inauguration of an establishment – in any manner or nature whatsoever – yet ideological traditionalism did, and continues to do so. Islâm conveys the philosophy of life; traditionalism conveys a systemic ideology. (Farid Gabteni)

Islâm cannot be represented by a clergy, neither by religious dignitaries nor even less by a state institution. As for the specialists in Islamic religion, they can profit only from one prerogative: deliver opinions. (Farid Gabteni)

Keep a clear conscience, throughout your life and until the hour of your death; to fall asleep in peace and wake up in The Peace. (Farid Gabteni)

After the death of the Prophet Muhammad (632), several events and historical circumstances, which it would be difficult to enumerate here, led different individuals to legislate in every domain, some interpreting the Qurân and the life of the Prophet in accordance with what they believed to be just from their own perspective, others in relation to their own interests. This resulted in sharîΣah, legislation, theology and jurisprudence among Muslims. Now, more than ever, we have a duty to study and examine in detail and in depth, objectively, historically and scientifically, the Islâm present during the Prophet’s lifetime and what became of it after his death, considering the origins of theology and jurisprudence in the Muslim community, in order to get back to the true and original Message of Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

God Taught the human the names, all of them (Qurân / Chapter 2, v. 31); to analyze, reflect, discern and legislate accordingly. The only sharîεah (Law, Legislation) of God – unchanging and inviolable – happens to be the laws of physics, unaltered and unalterable since the creation of the universe. Any other law is circumstantial of time, place, cause, and purpose. Ignoramuses and fanatics are as illustrated in the Qurân, verse 179, chapter 7: ‘(…)They have hearts with which they do not understand. They have eyes with which they do not see. They have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like herds, in fact they are most-astray. Those are the heedless.’ (Farid Gabteni)

Knowledge is within the reach of anyone seeking after truth; truth is a quest inherent in Mankind, explaining reality. (Farid Gabteni)

For the Muslim who knows, only the Qurân is the Revelation of God, thus Sacred; the rest is a composition of men, thus fallible. The Qurân clearly affirms freedom of conscience and expression; I would even say freedom itself. Thus, when God Announced to the angels that He would form a successor (to what preceded) in the earth, then they retorted: Will You form in it one who corrupts in it and spreads bloods? (…).  God! Far from blaming them from such thoughts, Replies to them and Argues such a decision: (…) Certainly I Know what you do not know (chap.2, v.30). Moreover, in the Qurân, it is even allowed for the devil to disobey God, to justify his disobedience and wrongdoing (at his peril). For anyone who thinks, everything has been said, about freedom, in what I have just outlined. All of the Qurân illustrates – through a number of examples – freedom of conscience and expression. (Farid Gabteni)

The ideal of freedom is not the characteristic of homo occidentalis but that of human nature; the word “freedom” was proclaimed, throughout human history, by all the oppressed, from all nations, all over the Earth. The universality of this noble word was enshrined by the struggle of colonized, stripped and enslaved peoples; freedom is inherent in the evolution and the achievement of humans. (Farid Gabteni)

Knowledge, consciousness, reason, justice and peace will triumph, sooner or later; they are ideals inherent in our existence. (Farid Gabteni)

The last countries to have abolished slavery were the so-called ‘Muslim’ countries, in total contradiction with the precepts of the Qurân and the Prophet’s conduct, encouraging the emancipation of slaves. Similarly, by removing some Quranic verses from their context -circumstantial of time, place, cause and purpose- traditionalists preach that women should spend their lives under the guardianship of men. By thoughtlessly accepting this, too many Muslims still lag behind when it comes to the emancipation of women. This, once again, is in total contradiction with the Heart of the Qurân and the original Message of Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

All human beings, men and women, are born and remain absolutely free and equal in dignity and rights before God, until the final judgement; an analytical reading of the Qurân as a whole leaves no doubt on this subject. Deviationist Muslim traditionalists, who define these words by twisting their meaning and taking them out of the Quranic context, are no better than their Jewish and Christian counterparts, who preach that woman was the first to commit the original sin, but they take this literally from their Bibles (Genesis-Chapter 3, verse 6). (Farid Gabteni)

To prove that woman is not man’s equal and should be subject to man’s authority, deviationist traditionalists put forward various arguments, including that God did not anoint any female Prophets. Imagine female Prophets preaching to backward tribes who lacked faith and law, were warlike and murderous, practised child sacrifice, and misogynistic in the extreme, regarded and valued women as no more than useful tools! And knowing what many women still suffer in our time, how might we describe the horrific living conditions women experienced in decades, centuries and millennia past? (Farid Gabteni)

Heretics have truncated Islâm, the religion of oneness, of knowledge, of freedom of conscience, of free will, of tolerance, of pacification and of Peace, to produce obscurantist, backward, hateful and violent ideologies. May God have Mercy on us. (Farid Gabteni)

Even to speak to a tyrant like Pharaoh, God Ordered Moses and his brother: Then speak to him a gentle word, so that perhaps he may be reminded or fear! (Qurân / Chapter 20, verse 44). This verse, like many other similar verses, constitutes, for the Muslim, a behavioral example to follow. (Farid Gabteni)

If today the entrance of mosques is generally forbidden to non-Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad, for his part, received the Jews and Christians, among others, in the mosque. (Farid Gabteni)

The Qurân mentions racism as the first great sin committed against divine law and that it originated from the devil; replying to God about mankind, he said, ‘I am better than him. You Created me from fire and Created him from clay’ (Qurân/Chapter 7, verse 12 and chapter 38, verse 76). Consequently, whoever believes himself superior to another perpetuates this sin of diabolic origin; and God Knows that racists are numerous, everywhere in the world. (Farid Gabteni)

Your place is not in the mass, you should not bow down, but rise above races and classes; you will then be a Grace. (Farid Gabteni)

A presentation begins with an introduction, followed by a development and ends with a conclusion. This is the case of the Qurân; it starts with ‘The Opener’ (Al-Fâtiḥah), chapter 1; it develops from ‘The Cow’ (Al-Baqarah), chapter 2, until the end of the book; it concludes with chapters dating mainly from the beginning of Revelation. This is to point out the importance that should be given to the origin. (Farid Gabteni)

Unlike what was instituted after the Prophet, it is not his emigration to Medina (the Hijra, 622) which marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar. The latter can be inferred from the Qurân (chapter 97), and it begins with the Quranic Revelation, in 610 (chapter 96). Original Islâm covers the whole of Revelation (from 610 to 632), while ideological traditionalism likes to opt for and anchor itself in the Hijri calendar. (Farid Gabteni)

The month of ramadân is that of the Qurân, the remembrance, the revision, the good deed and the abstention from evil, small and large alike. (Farid Gabteni)

All Muslim historians – traditionalists included – report that the Hijri calendar was adopted after the Prophet. The Qurân, for its part, gives precedence to the date of Revelation: “better than a thousand months” (chapter 97) . Common sense dictates that a calendar start from an initial event; it is obvious that Islâm did not begin with the Hijra, but with the Quranic Revelation. (Farid Gabteni)

Adoption, after the Prophet, of the Hijri calendar had sententious political, theological and jurisprudential impacts. Insinuately, it has allowed and still allows traditionalists to falsely substantiate their ideologies, exegetically focusing on the Medina period instead of, and at the expense of the Mecca period. The Qurân states: “(…) Then do you assure (believe) by a part of the writing (book), and denigrate by a part? (…)” (chapter 2, verse 85). (Farid Gabteni)

Historians from all disciplines, enunciators (experts in the words attributed to the Prophet) included, still to this day debate the historical validity of these traditions. Despite this, for many Muslims, they take precedence over the Qurân, becoming the source of what divides them. (Farid Gabteni)

The collections of traditions are born from a multitude of events and circumstances that Muslims experienced after the death of the Prophet, and represent the ideological, political, and sociological conceptions of their time. The led astray and the opponents of Islâm profit from these collections with uncertain content and lend credence to them in order to use what serves their own purposes; it is the way they deform and distort Islâm. (Farid Gabteni)

Obscurantists, criminals and islamophobes attempt to imbue the ignorants with the belief that Islâm is synonymous with hatred and violence. This idea helps their incendiary and petty speeches and promotes enmity and discord, encouraging in this way to a war of civilisations. If we are not careful, chaos will be the result. (Farid Gabteni)

For islamophobes, a good Muslim is a renegade Muslim. Basically, they do not target obscurantists, their objective allies, because they feed their hateful sermons against Islâm and Muslims. They prefer to fool themselves absurdly against authentic, scholarly and progressive, humanist and peaceful Muslims. It is enough to read my writings to be aware of the media manipulation practiced by islamophobes. Even I am treated as an extremist by them. (Farid Gabteni)

Many entrenched in multiple factions, mutually excommunicating one another, forsaking the original and universal Message of Islâm, interpreting the Qurân without drinking at its source because they have lost and forgotten the heart of the Qurân in favour of uncertain, debated and questionable traditions. And among people who dispute about God without knowledge or guidance or enlightening writing (Qurân / Chapter 22, verse 8). (Farid Gabteni)

Dismaying is the example of the one who listens but hears nothing, who learns but understands nothing, who thinks he knows but knows nothing, who tinkers but does not apply himself at all; in the end he is of no use apart from trying to be smart… a whole lifetime without science nor conscience in the humdrum routine of everyday life. That can make people laugh, but it is sad anyway. (Farid Gabteni)

I am Muslim, I testify that there is no god except God, Unique, without associate. And I testify that Muhammad is His Servant and Envoy, namely that the Creance, the Religion with God is the Pacification, the Islâm, the submission to God in peace. I do not testify that Abû Bakr, ΣOmar, ΣUthmâne or ΣAlî are messengers of God. They are just Muslims close to the Prophet, who were both right and wrong, and who cannot be blameless in essence. Only God Is Perfect and Absolute. I do not claim any theological or jurisprudential school in particular; this does not prevent me from strongly feeling my duty to defend the Muslim community – despite its diversity – of which I am a part. And I refuse – with all my strength – that it be split yet. I position myself against the excommunicators and the secessionists, whoever they may be. God does not like either aggression or aggressors. He Is The Witness and The Judge, and no one can claim to possess the paradise or hell, except Him. (Farid Gabteni)

And surely that the Prostratoriums [Mosques] are for God; so do not invoke anyone with God.; Say, ‘Surely, I possess no power to harm you, nor to guide you’. (Qurân/Chapter 72, verses 18 and 21). These are the Teaching of God and, in same way, of the righteous among His Allies; God Alone Is Worthy of Adoration and Invocation; His beneficent Servants are certainly praiseworthy and are reference models, but they are not perfect and they must in no case be the subject of worship due to God Alone. (Farid Gabteni)

I am Muslim, consequently Humanist; Kabyle, Algerian and French until the end. (Farid Gabteni)

I do not choose my friends by their color or the color of their passport. I do not believe in castes nor in races and nor in classes. Mankind is an organic unity; if exchange is sometimes difficult, it is necessary and vital for me. (Farid Gabteni)

For believers, God Himself Is the Truth, The Sovereign, Supreme Truth; The Ineffable Truth. Other than Him, no one possesses the Absolute Truth, everyone has their own truth; in brief, there are as many points of view with regard to the truth as opinions. However, ‘Truth means nothing unless it is expressed uniformly, while objections and heresy are always able to address the detail’ (Blondel). The truth is knowledge recognised as right, consistent with its purpose and which therefore has a universal, absolute and ultimate value; the standard, principle of rectitude, wisdom, universally considered as an ideal in the sphere of thoughts and/or action. (Farid Gabteni)

The Truth! I will say it, I will claim it, I will spread it, I will exalt it, I will support it, I will defend it; for it I live and I would die. (Farid Gabteni)

I am a fighter, I lend myself only to the best; I am searching neither for reception nor for VIP lounge but from God, My Master and Lord. (Farid Gabteni)

Some politico-theological and case law doctrines – inherited from the history of Muslims – subsequent to the Prophet, are contrary to the very spirit of original Islâm. And yet unfortunately, today many proclaim them as immutable and eternal truths. These are no longer, as a priority, the original Message of Islâm and its universal values that are taught – obscured or forgotten – but the ritualistic doctrines of another age, with prospects from the future to the past! It is not Islâm that needs reforming; it’s traditionalism, which must be amended and desecrated. One teaches memoranda of traditions, instead of the Religion of ‘Those who remember God, standing and sitting and on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the skies and the earth (…)’ (Qurân / Chapter 3, verse 191). (Farid Gabteni)

Current religious institutions perpetuate, encourage and spread ideological traditionalism, ritualism and conformism; they do not prioritize upholding the original Message of Islâm which is stated and conveyed in the Qurân during the lifetime of and by the Prophet, over the traditionalism introduced after him and set up as a religion since then. It is time for Muslims to make this distinction, to search out the original meaning of Islâm, and to reform themselves accordingly. (Farid Gabteni)

The original Islâm, embodied during the lifetime of the Prophet, expressed and explained in the Qurân, must be the principal reference for any Muslim worthy of this name. This Islâm is synonymous with Science, Knowledge, Tolerance and Progress. As for traditionalism, it is synonymous with a past frozen in history: faded away and non-replicable. History advances and does not move backwards no matter what we do, this is the Law of God. Furthermore, traditionalist ideologism is an agent, by excess and by default, of intellectual stagnation, superstition, fetishism, dogmatism, uniformity, ignorantism and obscurantism; certainly evils to be avoided. (Farid Gabteni)

Traditionalists dwell on the ḥadîth, what the Prophet reportedly said, in order to legitimise their ideologies and their interpretations of the Qurân, without really taking account of the original Message of Islâm, and even less the historical and sociological data or the circumstantial facts of time, place, cause and purpose. However, God says: And he does not speak out from inclination – It is nothing but revelation that is Revealed (Qurân / Chapter 53, verses 3-4). We note from these verses that what can be certified as the words of the Prophet is only what was revealed to him by God, namely the Qurân. (Farid Gabteni)

The injunction of God Say! is repeated three hundred and thirty-two times in the Qurân (in the majority of cases, this injonction is addressed to the Prophet). And this divine injunction, repeated many times, is of course inherent in the continuous transmission of the well-heard (well understood) message. What the Prophet certainly said is what God Himself had ordered him to say by revelation in the Qurân. Such [are] the Signs (Verses) of God, We Relate them to you by the true, so by which statement (ḥadîthin) after God and His Signs (Verses) do they assure (believe)? (Qurân / Chapter 45, verse 6). (Farid Gabteni)

As for the sunnah, the tradition, mode of the facts and deeds of the Prophet, it is also, and more authentically, found in the Qurân. The Qurân recounts the Prophet as a man of great creativity and morality, and what he must say or do. The word ‘sunnah’, mode, is cited sixteen times in the Qurân (fourteen times in the singular and twice as a plural) in reference to God or the ancients before the Prophet, but not once in relation to Muhammad himself. So when a ḥadîth, a sunnah or sîrah of the Prophet are proven scientifically, they must be considered circumstantial. (Farid Gabteni)

Pseudo-religious fanatics take inspiration from traditionalism, stemming from the history of Muslims and not Islâm itself. We therefore must take action to inform and teach the original Islâm (from the lifetime of the Prophet) and set it apart from the traditionalist islam (after the death of the Prophet) plotted, built and established by political-theological, sociological and historical circumstances, mixed with the original Message of Islâm (Knowledge, Faith, Charity, Tolerance and Pacification). (Farid Gabteni)

Original Islâm is the Religion of God, it is stated in the Qurân. Ideological traditionalism, for its part, is consequent to the history of Muslims after the Prophet; it cannot therefore be considered part of the canon of Religion. (Farid Gabteni)

In the seriously alarming circumstances of our modern society, I allow myself to think that it is everyone’s duty to encourage, support and promote the scientific works and books dealing with original Islâm. The latter, by means of those ones, is indeed the most effective tool to permanently and efficiently counter, neutralize and annihilate ideological ultra-traditionalism, a way leading to so much harm and suffering. (Farid Gabteni)

Shedding the blood of one’s fellow consists in not believing in God and in the Human, it is suffering hell today and tomorrow. (Farid Gabteni)

Under the cover of an islam that has been distorted by ignorantists, fanatics corrupt faith and commit crimes against God and humanity. (Farid Gabteni)

We have to be for the Islâm lifting up the soul; and against obscurantism, fanaticism and terrorism. (Farid Gabteni)

The presumptuous are loud; but when you are dealing scientifically, expertly and masterly with a subject, they are then disconcerted, with no reply other than expressing their insufficiency. (Farid Gabteni)

Sometimes, our certainties need to be reviewed, re-evaluated, or even reformed, in order to find back the true meaning of a Cause. (Farid Gabteni)

The Qurân mentions the law of retaliation relative to the elders, thus formed in primitive societies; that being said, it gives precedence to the narrative (the faculty of narrating and acting accordingly) of “those ranked first in quintessences”, those who apprehend the gist. The level of knowledge acquired in our modern societies no longer allows us to act through instinct and vindictiveness, but rather through civilizing prevention and justice. Qurân / Chapter 2, verse 179: ” And for you a life in the narrative, o those ranked first in quintessences; perhaps you will protect yourselves!“. (Farid Gabteni)

Brahmanism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islâm, etc. Religion, the connection between man and the Divine Order, a Superior Reality, is treacherously disfigured and distorted by the devil and his henchmen to serve evil. (Farid Gabteni)

Many are unaware, or have forgotten, that the people of India, now a nation, are the fathers of philosophical and spiritual reflection. Well before the monotheism put forward by the Egyptian Akhenaton, and, in many respects, more justly, the Vedas then the Upanisads, sacred texts of Vedism then of ancient Brahmanism, known, since the Muslim presence under the name of Hinduism, formulated the monotheistic principle with Brahma, the universal and impersonal cosmic Soul, the One, the Essential Being, The Absolute Reality, The Without-Beginning-and-Without-End, impossible to represent or describe, denoted by The All (Sarvam) or That (Tat). The return of the Indian peoples, the heirs of Vedism, to the original and universal Message of God The Unique, will enrich humanity in terms of the excellence of spiritual and temporal knowledge. (Farid Gabteni)

For example, everyone today gives the impression of “discovering” China, a valorous nation which was, barely two centuries ago, a major power and civilisation. Seeing it re-emerge after being forgotten is simply a just restoration. It was present and active throughout the history of humanity, providing a model of civilisation, often advanced in relation to many others. The wisdom and creativity of the Chinese are ancient… The Prophet of Islâm even reportedly encouraged the faithful to go as far as China in the pursuit of science, a domain in which he does not mention Byzantium. China’s entry onto the international stage represents an unprecedented boon for humanity and for the development of an even more creative civilisation. (Farid Gabteni)
Until you empty your heart of rage and hatred, you can’t fill it with the Love of God and spread it in His Creation. (Farid Gabteni)
Love is a blessing, hatred, a curse; the First One is Good, the second, a demon. (Farid Gabteni)
Outside of traditionalism, is there anything in the Qurân which obliges Muslims to sacrifice animals, whatever the circumstance? Obviously not. The word ‘offering’, hadyu in Arabic, can take on a number of meanings, depending on the time, the place, the cause and the aim. This term is used in the Qurân for the pilgrimage, whereas the word  “throat-slitting” (dhabḥ) refers to the sacrifice of Abraham. The distinction is linguistically significant and far from being fortuitous. The difference between cutting the throat of an animal and offering a gift may be considerable. Consequently, can the annual massacre of millions of animals at Eid/Tabaski be considered to be compatible, reconcilable and coherent with original Islâm? A fundamental question worthy of meditation by anyone who fears God and believes in Him. (Farid Gabteni)
As a reminder, tradition says that on his pilgrimage, the Prophet performed sacrifices – namely in quite specific circumstances – for his whole community. His gesture amounts to all the animal sacrifices performed since that time, and until the end of time. So, on the day of Eid, any Muslim may absolve themself through an offering – a “hadyu” – regardless of its nature, without necessarily resorting to cutting its throat: Neither their fleshes, nor their bloods, ever reaches God. But what reaches Him is the premunition from you. Thus He subdued it to you, that you may magnify God for Guiding you. And delight the excellent (Qurân / Chapter 22, verse 37). (Farid Gabteni)
All creature on earth, and all bird that fly with wings, are communities like you (Qurân/Chapter 6, verse 38). The true Muslim cannot hold in contempt, mistreat, degrade, or weaken any animal, or kill it without good reason, much less for pleasure. Even to feed himself, he cannot trivially kill an animal; he must consider this act in the Name of God as a sacrificial operation, that is, an extraordinary act performed in fear of God, Creator of Breath of all life. (Farid Gabteni)
‘(…) and the clothing of premunition, that is best, that is from the Signs of God, perhaps they will remember!’ (Qurân / Chapter 7, verse 26). Covering one’s head, growing a beard, the qamis/daffah, the boubou or the djellaba, the veil, the niqab, the burqa or the chador; all of this is a result of traditionalism and has nothing to do with original Islâm as a religion. On the contrary, today, all of these manifestations are harming the image of Islâm and Muslims, mainly in non-Muslim countries; they are synonymous with obscurantism, sectarianism, provocation and aggression. For the learned Muslim – responsible and aware of real Islâm – it is unbearable to see it become distorted and reduced to these ostentations. The Islâm of light – at the origin of the emergence of modern science – is disguised by the ideological traditionalism as a ritualistic, backward and retrograde religion. Muslims must be awakened to original Islâm, the Islâm of science and progress; they must also protect themselves and preserve their religion from all harmful prejudice. (Farid Gabteni)
The adoration of God is not concretized either in ostentatious getups or in an incantatory ritualism; even less in illusory mimics, words without knowledge and derisory sacrifices. It is crystallized into the right decision followed by the good deed. Adoring and serving God means loving and serving His Creation; it means thinking and acting well, being helpful and not futile. Being a Muslim, believer and practitioner, means being learned, pacified and pacifying, ensured, ensuring and reassuring, kind, benevolent and beneficent; it means living and dying peacefully. (Farid Gabteni)
No matter what the image, hairstyle or dressing, today or at any age; the purpose is the Message; only understands the wise. (Farid Gabteni)
The only person authorized to announce you my death is myself; as long as you hear about what I have said or written, know that I am alive. (Farid Gabteni)
The Muslim is the one who has a commitment with God, to believe in Him, to worship Him through Islâm, which raises one’s soul, in all purity, to act with kindness, to accomplish the charitable, to recommend the suitable and condemn the despicable, to call men to God, to humanism, to reform and to equity. This gives him a benefit in this world and the best from God. In truth, the best provision is piety. The one who gets up with God, who drinks and who eats with God, who works and who rests with God, who sleeps and dreams with God, who thinks, who speaks and acts with God, who is poor and who is rich with God, who is healthy and who is sick with God, who is young and who is old with God, who lives and who dies, with God on his lips and in the heart; that one possesses this world and the hereafter. He gets up, drinks and eats, works and rests, sleeps and dreams, thinks, speaks and acts, lives and dies in peace. In peace with himself, with men, beings and things; accordingly, in peace with God, The Supreme-Good. Those are the righteous. (Farid Gabteni)
Islâm preaches measure and moderation in all things and for each thing, far from extremism and extremes. Muslims must return to the original Message of Islâm, the one of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. They must rebuild themselves into a community of the middle way, the community of Iqra’ , of ‘Link and Read’ through the Knowledge of God. First of all they must rise out from the torpor and fear that overwhelm them, and vigorously denounce everything and everybody that, through hate and violence, deform their religion. It is incumbent upon them to awaken and rehabilitate the original Islâm in the eyes of the world. (Farid Gabteni)
The Muslim believer who knows is deeply Humanist; he will never become a naturally obscurantist criminal. (Farid Gabteni)
Faith in God is inseparable from work that is simultaneously both good and beautiful. Muslims must diligently practice benevolence and charity, and forcefully denounce everything and everyone which disfigures their religion through hatred and violence. It is their responsibility to wake up, and to rehabilitate original Islâm in the eyes of the world; Islâm of the Enlightenment, of science and progress, that of peace, of freedom of conscience and of tolerance. (Farid Gabteni)
When you’ve seen a being – reduced, subjected and debased – and you could do nothing for them, tell yourself today that you can surely do something for others like them. Blessed is he who says, acts and fulfills. (Farid Gabteni)
The poor, the needy, the sickly, the underprivileged, the victims of misfortune and all those left behind in the world must be unquestionably – with Knowledge and Faith – the main concern of all Muslims”. (Farid Gabteni)
Know how to love your fellow men, be kind to your neighbours, feed the hungry, take in orphans; that is what is good, what is right and is not vain. (Farid Gabteni)
Mistreating a child or anyone else, weak and innocent, is an extravagant crime, which is not justified by any reason. God Is Omniscient; woe to the evildoers. (Farid Gabteni)
Think of those who are suffering and dying here and elsewhere. Have a heart and be fighters, rescue those in misfortune and calm those who fear; no one gets used to the pain. (Farid Gabteni)
In Arabic, the words ‘assurance’, ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ (îmân, إیمان) have the same roots (A-M-N, أ م ن) : assurance, safety, security. In the Quranic language, faith is acquired through knowledge, by making sure and assuring; it is far more than a vague and relative belief. God Is Evident, rationally, one can only testify this; and this testimony must be made with full knowledge of the facts, with full science and consciousness. The believer, which I translate as the assurer, makes sure and secures himself, by educating himself about the Fact of God; this is how he becomes secure and securing, assured and assuring (mu’min, مؤمن). (Farid Gabteni)
Man, with all his knowledge, still feels the need to feed his soul; his spiritual quest demands answers. And yet the wave of sects of Judeo-Christian and Far East inspiration, derived from Buddhism or Hinduism, has ebbed. There have been attempts to spiritualise materialism and vice versa, but the result was not a big success. This will also be the case for the doctrinal sectarianism of errant muslims. (Farid Gabteni)
Islâm, with its original Message, will make man rediscover his humanity and his raison d’être; such is its universal vocation. (…) and whoever fears God, He Forms a way out for him – And He Provides for him from where he does not expect, and whoever relies on God, then He Is His Calculator; certainly God Forwards His Command; God has already Set a measure for all things (Qurân / Chapter 65, verses 2-3). (Farid Gabteni)
In Arabic, the words ‘world’ and ‘scholar’ (Σâlam et Σâlim) have the same root (Σ-L-M, ع ل م): science, knowledge, understanding. The world is closely linked to knowledge, to the objective understanding we have of it; it only exists through this vital information. The real world can only be perceived through scientific knowledge – any way-out is subjective; this results in myths and legends, synonyms of fetishism and superstition. This is how, with some exceptions, the ancients speculatively devised fabulous and imaginary worlds, with no true scientific basis. Nevertheless, and to their credit, they had this specifically intelligent awareness that the world has a meaning and a raison d’être. It is this established fact that is at the origin of scientific research and the results thereof we observe nowadays and every day . (Farid Gabteni)
In Arabic, the words ‘injustice’ and ‘obscurity’ (ẓulm, ẓulmah, ظﻠم ظﻠﻤﺔ) have the same root (Ẓ-L-M, ظ  ل  م). An inherent logic in the Arabic language explains the link between injustice and obscurity: in obscurity we act without accuracy, operate blindly, move things incorrectly, deviate, stray and lead others astray; thus the darkened is obscured, he appraises and acts unjustly, he becomes himself obscuring. Therefore, I translate the word “unjust” by “obscurantist”. (Farid Gabteni)
Look and listen with your nose, because your eyes and your ears often deceive you; your nose smells what is bad or what is good. (Farid Gabteni)
If you listen, you will hear; if you watch, you will see; if you think, you will believe. (Farid Gabteni)
It is not a sin to be born deaf or blind; it is one to remain so. (Farid Gabteni)
Now that you’ve understood what I’ve told you, you have no fear nor desire, you cry as you laugh and you die as you live. (Farid Gabteni)
We can say that we are in the era of the end of the times of ignorantism. The charlatans disguised in Muslims and the islamophobes think of creating the chaos which would enable them to achieve their goal of domination. But when these forces of the darkness are overcome and destroyed, a new world/modeof science, rationality, justice and sharing will emerge, in which Humanity will live then the most beautiful era of its history. (Farid Gabteni)
Had we been present at the birth of the Universe, it would have been completely impossible to imagine what occurred since. Had we been present during the Stone Age, we never would have been able to imagine the modern world. So, if we are to imagine the future world, we must do it relatively and prudently, keeping in mind the idea that it will be even more extraordinary than anything we could dream up. (Farid Gabteni) 
He who only sees with his eyes has received little science and all he knows about the world is its hollowness; certainly, he is unhappy. (Farid Gabteni)
Those who follow me are not behind but ahead; they irresistibly walk ahead. (Farid Gabteni)
Lord God of goodness, of unequalled justice! I testify that You Are, that You have always Been, that You will forever Be. (Farid Gabteni)
God of eternity! May You infinitely be Glorified, infinitely be Praised and infinitely be Thanked. (Farid Gabteni)
You have not received if you have not opened and you have not lived if you have not suffered. (Farid Gabteni)
I am poor I live on charity, I am sober never distracted. I am proud I walk upright; I am in prayer never down on my knees. (Farid Gabteni)
When you become You, you will know how to become me. He whose Companion is God never needs a lover again. (Farid Gabteni)
I am dead as I was born, from my body I am delivered; I have lived and I will live, Guided by The One who Created me. (Farid Gabteni)
God Is My Lord, no fear, no misfortune reach my heart. (Farid Gabteni)
Straighten up, if you want to walk by my side, stand up if you want me to address you; my people are righteous, kind and human. (Farid Gabteni)
We become inebriated on so many things, but be careful! Those who enjoy their delusions face a gloomy future. (Farid Gabteni)
Life is a comedy and a drama, both at the same time; we have to be an actor and a spectator in it, both at the same time. (Farid Gabteni)
God My Master! If You Test me, then Make me a patient servant, and if You Fulfil me, then Make me a thankful servant.  (Farid Gabteni)
Praise to God! He has no equal either on the earth or in the heavens. Glory to Him! He Is Unique, neither three and nor two. (Farid Gabteni)
Glory to God! He Is Unique, nor three nor more numerous and nor two, He has no equal either on the earth or in the heavens or between both. (Farid Gabteni)
God Is Wise and All-Knowing. He Raises among the people those who seek His Forgiveness, who respect their oaths; God Sees and Hears them. (Farid Gabteni)
Lord! Cover with Your Peace Your Prophets and Your Messengers and the righteous among Your Allies, who have called to the truth, who have called to be patient. (Farid Gabteni)
God My Master! Guide those who love You, Bless those who love me and Forgive those I love. (Farid Gabteni)
God My Master! Grant Your Presence to my mind, patience to my heart and resistance to my body. (Farid Gabteni)
God! No one equals His Beauty and no one equals His Kindness, no one has Loved me so much and no one has Fulfilled me so much. (Farid Gabteni)
God Is The One, the Judgment is certain, think about tomorrow and act well. (Farid Gabteni)
Blissful are those who have loved each other, those who have forgiven each other, those who have vowed themselves to God. (Farid Gabteni)


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