Rev. Mike Rivage-Seul is a retired Catholic priest, teacher and a liberation theologian. He taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea’s Peace and Social Justice Studies Program. Recently, he posted a two-part study on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), entitled, Islam as Liberation Theology: Muhammad as a Prophet for our times.
“Understanding Islam as today’s foremost expression of the liberating power of faith made the 1979 Revolution in Iran a movement inspired by liberation theology. It did the same thing for other movements for liberation throughout the Asia and Africa. With all their triumphs and distortions, they too were movements against colonialism and its neo-colonial aftermath. In the name of God, they all stood against the exploitation and oppression of the East by the West,” says Rivage-Seul.
“As a liberation theologian, I see Islamists as part of world-wide movement of poor people to use their religious traditions as a force for freedom rather than control and slavery. In fact, I consider this movement as the most important intellectual and social development since the writing of the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Grasping that fact and the true nature of Islam should be Job #1 for teachers and peace advocates,” Rivage-Seul.
Rivage-Seul claims that after studying American religious scholar Huston Smith’s book, The Religion of Man, he realized that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sister faiths. “There is no distinction between “their God” and “our God.” All three were “religions of the book.” At the very least, all recognized Jesus as a great prophet,” Rivage-Seul claims.
This is where I draw the line. Holy Qur’an claims that prophet Jesus'(as) birth by Virgin Mary (as) was a Divine miracle. Catholic Bible claims Jesus pronounced himself ‘God’s son’ and thus shares God’s powers along with angel Gabriel (Trinity). Jewish Talmud shows nothing but contempt for Jesus, Mary and Christianity.
I think Huston Smith (died 2016), like Donald Trump, was a Jew apologist as result of “his eldest daughter, Karen, married a Jew, converted and raised her kids in a Jewish home,” reported Dan Pine at the Jewish News of Northern California, June 26, 2009.
“I have also taught Malcolm X’s autobiography. His embrace of Islam had called my attention to the attraction of Islam for poor people as an alternative to enslaving interpretations of Christianity. Malcolm’s passion for the Nation of Islam easily connected with my own for liberation theology – i.e. with the reading of the Judeo-Christian tradition from the perspective of those committed to the welfare and destiny of the world’s poor,”Rivage-Seul said.
The concept of liberation is an important part of Islamic Jihad. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) divided Muslims based on their commitment Islamic faith in the following three categories.
- If a Believer sees an act of aggression and has the power to stop it – he must do it even if he had to use arms.
- If a Believer sees an act of aggression and doesn’t have the means to stop it – he must protest against it verbally or through media.
- If a Believer sees an act of aggression but decide not to apply one the above two options – he has the weakest faith in Allah.
Several Jewish rabbis have agreed with Mike Rivage-Seul in the past.
The women liberation movement (Feminism) is not a Western invention. It was established by Islam in the 7th century.
Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi praised Islam, saying: “I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway of over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet Muhammad the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers . his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in Allah and his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume of the Prophet’s biography, I was sorry there was no more for me to read of that great life.”