Islam, beyond religion (in the modern sense)
Islam, beyond religion (in the modern sense), is a complete way of life (personal, social, civil etc.). Thus, how then can one be naive to assume that it can be contextualized to conform to a culture that is based on secularism as a way of life. The problems Muslims face in the modern world are not due to the need of ‘reform’ and ‘contextualization, but rather because Islam does not concur with the modern world of secular standards. For a Muslim to assume that Islam needs reform because it does not conform with the secular standard of the ‘modern world’ is a dishonor to Allah and His Messenger (pbuh). These times call for a lot of seeking forgivness from Allah for our shortcomings. I would rather go to the grave knowing that I had shortcomings than thinking Allah’s religion needs reform because the Godless culture of the modern world doesn’t see Islam as keeping with their standards.
Practice Islam the way it has been passed down to us. As for those things we have difficulty practising, let us ask Allah for forgiveness and the ability to become better and do as much as we can. Lets us attribute the shortcomings to ourselves and not the din of Islam. Allah knows best.