Saturday, March 15, 2014

Islam and World Affairs

Contemporary Politics of Global Dominance

In light of the persecution against Muslims around the world, the ambition for world domination was largely the cause of the present evils. It divided the world into two major blocks with their satellites, satellites which change camps according to their advantage. There is a race for armaments. Science has evilly leagued itself in the manufacture of new weapons, more and more lethal. The world is now in a constant fear of a third world war, a war which, if broke, will certainly destroy the beautiful land of Allah with the super civilization that its inhabitants have produced over the centuries of hard work.

The adoption of a global system of Islamic government alone can relieve this high voltage. With such a system, all states have an equal opportunity to move freely and independently, each according to its own traditions, customs and temperament. No state or group of states no extension cannot feed and maintain, according to this system, aggressive designs against another state or group of states. A unified world government can be created if all states/countries are grouped in a Commonwealth and works.

Peace and the Collective Security of Nations

Of course this is an ideal condition, an end (for one and all) to ardently wish for. Islam envisages a more united organization where one can submit disputes between states/countries or state groups. The Refractory member who refuses to submit to the decision of the organization must be led by military intervention to comply with the discipline practiced by other member states. And if two parties of believers fall prey to fighting, then just as the Quran teaches us: “make peace between them. If one of them rebels against the other, fight the one that transgresses until it complies with the command of Allah. If it complies, then make peace between them with justice and be fair: for Allah loves the just.” (49: 10)

“And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, (it’s being but) the splendour of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring.” (20: 132)

It may be mentioned here that the modern United Nations by experience was forced to differ from its predecessor, the League of Nations through its projects and methods, and was thus able to avoid the dangers in many spheres. Although the goal is still far away, however, a step forward has certainly been done. Is it not the tacit adoption and implementation of the Islamic system as outlined in the following verses of the Holy Quran?

Islam and the flowering of Human Progress

From what has been written and said, it is clear that Islam is a religion more practical than speculative. This is not a scholastic philosophy, or even a theology, despite that it consists of both. It discourages the hassle of obscure medieval schools (of thoughts). It is a rule of conduct, a way of life. Its practicality which is its superior element has allowed Islam to have a beneficial influence and become a source of civilization through its historic career.

1) Intellectually in science and philosophy, it brought much light in many parts of the world;
2) Morally, it established the sanctity and inviolability of human relations;
3) Spiritually, it helped man to know each other and to learn how to live by Allah, in Allah and for Allah.

As a religion, Islam is simplicity itself, without complex dogmas or rites, without clergy because every Muslim is his own priest. It does not encourage the monastic life and does not order the ascetic exercise. For the purification of the soul, Islam does not think that it is essential to prick oneself painfully or macerate the flesh. It never encouraged celibacy, renunciation of the world and the legitimate benefits. It condemns dodging social or family responsibilities. It does not believe in an endless cycle of existence. Belief in the afterlife is a main article of faith in Islam. However, it does not hold faith in metempsychosis or transubstantiation of the soul. It believes in the Day of Judgement Allah, in heaven and hell, as not something you would expect in a dark and uncertain future, but as sure things which start right down here in our present life, although their ultimate realisation will be in the afterlife. Islam also teaches the Muslim to seek both the good of this world and the other and not to give up one for the other.

Like Allah taught us in the Holy Quran (2: 202):

Rabbana atina fid-dunya hassantaww-wa fil-aakhirati hassanataww-wakina azaaban-naar.” (Our Lord! Bestow upon us the goods of this world and those of the hereafter and shield us from the punishment of the fire)Ameen.

This does not mean that Islam is not without idealism. But its idealism is not light and ethereal: it is concrete; it has a body and soul and is strengthened by a rigid realism. Moral and spiritual values ​​are harmoniously mixed. The fibre of Islam is tied in a deep faith in God, the One, the Almighty (Allah) in a love for humanity.

Islam and the Future of World Order

Islam is now in the 15th century and now we are in 1435 Hijri and history has recorded the stages of its progress during this period. It revealed its magnificent virility and ability to survive. It is by no means a spent force, as some critics prejudicially believe. It is not at all outdated. Even in this time of crisis and tension, we use its teachings to bring the boat to the port of civilization.

Those who have eyes to see can see how well, by force of circumstances, the world is approaching, consciously or unconsciously, to the Islamic ideals. It is an ongoing process. And there is no need to be a prophet to say that in the future the cooperation of Islam shall be sought all the more in all serious attempts to establish the new order, the kingdom of heaven, the longed dream of the Messengers of Allah, saints and philosophers.

May Allah help us all Muslims and all people in general to work together to achieve this new order which promises an internal and external peace for man throughout the worldInsha-Allah, Ameen.

-Extracts from the Friday Sermon of March 14, 2014 by the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius