Sabrina Lei, Itly
The core principles of Islam are rooted in Al-Ghayb (the realm that lies beyond the ordinary human perception), however, as a community, we Muslims, like any other communities, live in a world of causes and effects (Dar Al-Asbab) or in the ordinary world, created by Allah, with its own rule, instituted He Himself. And the challenge for a Muslim is to live in this world in its fullness, while remaining fully connected to the world of our faith (Alam Al-Ghayb), adhering to the rules and regulations of Islam.
Here, it is extremely important that the Muslim thinkers and scholars learn how to reconcile and harmonise between innovation and tradition. A healthy society, ready to respond in a positive way to the challenges of the future should be able to reconcile the element of conservative tradition of Islam with that dynamic and innovative nature of the human life.
The Muslim community now, in a very critical historical moment of its history, must reflect again, without any barrier, on its own origins, on the peculiarity of its own identity and how to actualize its multilayered identity, religious, spiritual, intellectual, cultural and civilisation, in our complex world of today which is both multireligious and multicultural.
In other words, the deep metaphysical bond between God and human beings, universe, as Islam envisions it and wants to see it realized in the human history, as the balanced community raised for the entire humanity, must be applied and actualized in the concrete historical conditions.
The balanced and harmonious relation between the tradition and the innovation, between the eternal and the temporal is essential for the development and the progress of the Islamic world. In their history, Muslims, living by the principles of Islam, have achieved this balance, undoubtedly during the time of the Prophet (peace upon him) and his Companions, and in their own special way during those several classical centuries in Spain and elsewhere in the Muslim world when Islamic civilisation preserved and expanded knowledge, in the field of science, arts and in so many other branches of knowledge, thus successfully bridging the gap between the world and Islam.