Yes, the team of ‘Renaissance’
is working for a Muslim revival. Our diagnosis is that this revival cannot be
achieved unless the ailment of intellectual stagnation so rampant among Muslim
scholars is done away with. By this stagnation we mean absence of research and
original thinking on religious issues.
Today, unfortunately, the prohibition
against directly deliberating and interpreting from the sources of Islam has
become no less than the prohibition against liquor. We, however, think that
unless competent Muslim scholars are produced who have the ability to break the
shackles of this intellectual stagnation very little can be done for the revival
of the Muslims. These scholars should be groomed in a manner that they can face
the challenge of the modern era. It is because of a paucity of such scholars
that in the last few centuries the Muslim world has undergone a sharp decline in
its individual as well as its collective affairs. All over the globe, Muslims
seem to have lost their identity. They appear to be dispossessed of the real
spirit of Islam, and have been stripped of the position of supremacy they once
held in the comity of nations. Though they have with them the last and final
word of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, yet it no longer plays a
vibrant role in their lives.
At ‘Renaissance’, our basic objective is
to promote and patronize the work of scholars who have taken up the daunting
task of carrying out original research within the ambit of the Qur’ān and Sunnah.
We consider our endeavour to be a humble service to cause of truth.
As to the last part of your question, I
can only say that we consider ourselves victors even if vanquished -- for to us
success lies not in achieving the goal but in sincerely striving to achieve it.