Islam is Guaranteed to Supply the Forthcoming Nation With All That it Needs

There is no regime in this world which can supply the forthcoming nation with what it requires in the way of institutions, principles, objectives, and judgements to the same extent as Islam can. The Noble Qur’an is full of passages describing this particular aspect, giving both general and detailed examples. It provides a clear and precise remedy. No nation adheres to it without succeeding in its aspirations.

Islam and Hope

An upcoming nation needs a broad, and far reaching vision. The Qur’an has cultivated in its nations this sentiment in a manner which makes a dead nation come to life, full of ambition, hope, and determination. It is enough that it labels despair the road to unbelief, and hopelessness a manifestation of error. If the weakest nation heard the words of the Almighty:

‘And We wished to do a favour to those who were weak in the land, and to make them leaders, and to make them inheritors.’

(Surat-al-Qasas (28), ayahs 5-6)

And in the words of the Almighty:

‘Falter not, nor grieve, for you will be paramount if you are believers. If a wound touches you, a wound like it has already touched the people. These are the days which We apportion to mankind in turn.’

(Surat-aal-Imran (3), ayahs 139-40)

And in the words of the Almighty:

‘He it is who expelled those of the People of the Book who disbelieved from their abodes at the first gathering. You did not think that they would go forth, and you thought that their fortresses would render them impregnable to Allah. But Allah came to them from whence they had not reckoned, and He cast terror into their hearts, while they made ruins of their homes by their own hands and the hands of the believers. Consider then, you who have eyes!’

(Surat-al-Hashr (59), ayah 2)

And in the words of the Almighty:

‘Or did you think to enter Paradise when what had come to those who passed on before you had not yet come to you? Misery and suffering touched them and they were so shaken that the Apostle and those who believed said ‘When is Allah’s succour?’ Is not Allah’s succour near?’

(Surat-al-Baqarah (2), ayah 214)

If the weakest of nations heard these glad tidings and read these realistic and applicable stories, they would without doubt emerge as the strongest of nations in faith and spirit. They would see in this hope, that which would compel them to plunge into difficulties, however severe they might be, and to confront events, however overwhelming, until they attain the perfection to which they aspired.

Islam and National Greatness

The upcoming nations need to find pride in their nationalism just as a superior nation does with its own merits and history, so that their image be imprinted on the minds of their sons, and they offer their blood and lives on behalf of this glory and nobility. So that they work for the welfare of the Homeland, for its pride and prosperity. We will not see in any other regime, an ideal, more just, more virtuous, and more merciful as in True Islam. For the nation that knows that its nobility and honour have been sanctified by Allah in His foresight, and that He has registered it in His Masterful Book, for as He, the Blessed and Almighty, says:

‘You are the best nation which has been brought forth for mankind.’

(Surat-aal-Imran (3), ayah 110)

and in the words of the Almighty:

‘Thus have We made you a middle nation, that you may be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger a witness over you.’

(Surat-al-Baqarah (2), ayah 143)

‘Greatness belongs to Allah, and to His Apostle, and to the believers.’

(Surat-al-Munafiqun (63), ayah 8)

is the most worthy nation to sacrifice the world and all that it contains for its God given honour.

The modern nations have laboured to foster this image firmly in the minds of their youth, men and boys alike. thus we hear: “Germany above all!” and “Italy above all!” and “Rule, Britannia!” But the difference between the feelings which the Islamic ideology fosters, and the feelings fostered by these slogans and ideologies, is that a Muslim seeks to rise and connect with Allah, while the a non-Muslim does not go beyond the literal meaning of these words. Furthermore, in creating such sentiments, Islam has defined its goal, and made it a stringent duty to keep to it, clarifying that it is not a matter of extreme chauvinism or false pride, but of leading the world to the common good. Concerning this, He, (SWT), says:

‘You command the good and forbid the evil, and believe in Allah.’

(Surat-aal-Imran (3), ayah 110)

In other words, it aims for high values, combating evil and a reverence for the ideal while performing any act. It is with these very sentiments that the early Muslims, reached the highest level of justice and mercy ever reported of any nation. On the other hand, the ideology of domination in the minds of the Western nations could not define its goal without being deceivingly fanatical and therefore the result was a bloody war against the weak nations. In this respect, the Islamic ideology adopted the best course, and sought to instil this into its people, turning them away from anything characterised by wickedness and oppression. Islam has extended the frontiers of the Islamic Homeland, and has ordained toil for its welfare and self sacrifice for the sake of its freedom and greatness. According to the Islamic understanding, the Homeland comprises of

(1) the country itself.

(2) the other Islamic countries, for all of them are seen as a home nation and an abode for the Muslim.

(3) This extends to the first Islamic Empire which the Pious Ancestors built with their dear and precious blood, and over which they raised the banner of Allah. The impression that they left still calls out to their past glory and excellence. The Muslim will be asked before Allah (SWT) why he did not work to restore its lands.

(4) Then the Homeland of the Muslim expands to encompass the entire world. Do you not hear the words of Allah (SWT):

‘And fight them until there is no more oppression, and the religion all of it is Allah’s’

(Surat-al-Baqarah (2), ayah 193 )

Thus did Islam reconcile the sentiments of local nationalism with that of a common nationalism, in all that is good for mankind:

‘O mankind, We created you male and female, and We created you peoples and tribes, that you might know one another.’

(Surat-al-Hujuraat (49), ayah 13)

Islam and the Armed Forces

Similarly, upcoming nations require strength, and need to implant the military spirit into their people, especially in these times when peace can only be guaranteed by preparing for war, and the slogan of its people is:

‘Strength is the surest way to guarantee the enforcement of justice.’

Islam never overlooked this factor, but in reality made it a stringent duty, and in no way differentiated between it and prayer or fasting. There is no regime In the entire world, which has concerned itself with this factor, (neither in old nor in modern times) to the extent that Islam has in the Qur’an, and in the Traditions and life of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). This is presented in clear and exemplary fashion in the words of the Almighty:

‘And prepare against them such force and troops of horses as you can, by which to frighten the enemies of Allah and your enemies.’

(Surat-al-Anfaal (8), ayah 60)

And in the words of the Almighty:

‘Fighting is prescribed for you, though it be detestable to you. But it may be that you detest something which is good for you, and it may be that you love something which is bad for you.’

(Surat-al-Baqarah (2), ayah 216)

And have you ever seen a military proclamation in any other sacred book whether recited in prayer, through dhikr(remembrance), public worship and private communion with Allah, like the proclamation which begins with an abrupt command in the words of the Almighty:

‘So let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the next!’

(Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayah 74)

Then He immediately specifies the reward:

‘And he who fights in Allah’s way and is slain or overcome, We shall provide him with a mighty wage.’

(Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayah 74)

This is then followed by an exhortation which arouses the noblest sentiments of a man’s heart, namely, the deliverance of the people and the Homeland, as He says:

‘What is wrong with you that you fight not in the way of Allah and for those weak, ill treated and oppressed among men, women, and children who say: “Our Lord, bring us forth from this city whose people arc unjust, and appoint for us from Thyself a guardian, and appoint for us from Thyself a Protector!”’

(Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayah 75)

Then He shows them the nobility of their goal and the baselessness of their enemies’ goal, demonstrating clearly that they (the Muslims) are sacrificing something of great value: their lives, for a much more precious commodity: the Pleasure of Allah. While at the same time, the non Muslims are fighting with no goal before them. Therefore they are weaker in spirit and more confused in their hearts. He, the Almighty, says:

‘Those who believe fight in the way of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the way of idolatry, so fight the auxiliaries of Satan! Truly the wiles of Satan are weak.’

(Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayah 76)

Then He reproaches those who shirked their duty, taking the easy way out and abandoning the difficult demands of heroism. He shows them their mistake in adopting this attitude, and that boldness would not harm them in the very least, they would only reap the great reward, while there is no profit in abstention. As death can come at any time. Directly following the preceding verses, He says:

‘Hast thou no observed those to whom it was said: “Restrain your hands, perform the prayer, and pay the alms?” But when fighting is prescribed for them, lo and behold, a party of them fear men as much as their fear of Allah, or even more. And they say: “Our Lord, why hast Thou prescribed fighting for us? If Thou wouldst but respite us for a brief time!” Say: “The pleasure of this world is but little: the next world is better for the pious, and you will not be wronged to the extent of a single date fibre. Wherever you are, death will overtake you, even if you are in well built towers”’

(Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayahs 77-78)

By Allah, is there a military declaration which has so much force and clarity, awakening within the heart of a soldier all the zeal, pride, and faith the commander desires ?

If the mainstay of military life is discipline and obedience, Allah has gathered them in two verses of His Book, when He (SWT), says:

‘Truly God loves those who fight in His way, in ranks, as if they were a solidly constructed building.’

(Surat-as-Saff (61), ayah 4)

And as He, the Almighty, says:

‘And more fitting for them are obedience and civil speech.’

(Surat-Muhammad (47), ayahs 20-21)

And if you read what Islam prescribes concerning the preparation of equipment, the provisioning of the armed forces, the teaching of archery, the sheltering of horses, the virtue of the shahadah, the reward of jihad, those who spend on its behalf, and those who look after the family of a mujahid and a full understanding of the different types of Jihad, you will see that the list is endless, whether in noble Qur’anic verses, the Honoured Traditions, the Pure Prophetic Biography, or the True Islamic jurisprudence:

‘Our Lord encompasses all things in knowledge!’

(Surat-al-A’raaf (7), ayah 89)

The modern nations have paid close attention to this and have been founded on these principles: we see that Mussolini’s Fascism, Hitler’s Nazism, and Stalin’s Communism are based on pure militarism. But there is a vast difference between all of these and the militarism of Islam, for the Islam which has sanctified the use of force has also preferred peace. Directly after the verses extolling force, the Blessed and Almighty says:

‘And if they incline to peace, then incline thou to it, and trust in Allah.’

(Surat-al-Anfaal (8), ayah 61)

And it is He who defined the price of victory and its manifestations when He said:

‘Allah will surely aid one who aids Him. Allah is Mighty, Glorious! Those, who if We make them powerful in the earth, perform the prayer and pay the alms, and command the good and forbid the evil. For unto Allah belongs the consequence of affairs.’

(Surat-al-Hajj (22), ayah 40-41)

And it is He who set down the basis of international military law, when He (SWT) said:

‘And if You (O Muhammad ) fear treachery from any people, throw back (their covenant) on them (so as to be on ) equal terms. Truly Allah does not love the treacherous.’

(Surat-al-Anfaal (8), ayah 58)

The Messenger (PBUH), his Successors and the commanders of their armies stand out as the most remarkable manifestations of mercy and kindness:

‘Commit no treachery, do not exceed the bounds, do not mutilate, do not kill women, children, and the aged, do not cut down fruit-bearing trees, and do not finish off the wounded. You will come across people who lead lives of devotion in hermitages: leave them and that to which they devote themselves, in peace.’

This was the military power of Islam, the guardians of justice, law and order. As for the present military might of Europe, everyone knows that it is an army of injustice and greed. Which of the two sides is more upright and magnanimous?

Islam and Public Health

Nations which are up and coming need to excel In military force, and the buttress of such a force is physical health and strength. The Qur’an points to this aspect in the story of a struggling nation which was ready to fight for the sake of its freedom, independence and formation. For Allah chose for it a leader, morally and ideologically sound, his physical strength in particular would allow him to bear the burden of fighting. This is what the Noble Qur’an relates concerning the Children of Israel and the confirmation of their leader, Saul (Taalut)

‘Indeed Allah has chosen him above you, and has increased him abundantly in knowledge and stature.’

(Surat-al-Baqarah (2),a ayah 247)

The messenger (PBUH) has commented on this concept in many narations, and has urged the believers to preserve their bodily strength, just as he urged them regarding their spiritual strength.: There is a Hadeeth (Sahih) which cites:

‘The strong believer is better than the weak believer.’

And also:

‘Truly your body has a right over you.’

The messenger of Allah (PBUH) has clarified the principles of public health to the Ummah, especially concerning preventative medicine, the more excellent of the two aspects of medicine. He (PBUH) said:

‘We are a people who do not eat unless we are hungry, and when we eat, we do not satisfy our hunger.’

And when The Prophet (PBUH) used to look for drinking water, he (PBUH) used to look for sweet water. And he forbade urinating and defecating in stagnant water, and declared a quarantine against plague ridden countries, so that the inhabitants should not leave such a country nor any outsider enter it. Finally, he (PBUH) paid much attention to physical sports, ie., archery, swimming, horsemanship, and running, urging his Ummah to partake and show interest in them. There is even a narration which states:

‘He who once knew archery and then forgot it, is not of my Ummah.’

And he (PBUH) stringently forbade celibacy, monasticism, and the punishing and weakening of the body in order to draw near to Allah (SWT). In all these matters he guided the Ummah in the direction of moderation. All of this testifies to Islam’s deep concern for the health of the Ummah at large, to the strenuous efforts it made in order to safeguard it, and its acceptance of anything that is good for its general welfare and happiness.

Islam and Science

Just as nations need power, so do they need the science with which to support this power and direct it in the best possible manner, providing them with all that they require in the way of inventions and discoveries. Islam does not reject science; indeed, it makes it as obligatory as the acquisition of power, and gives it its support. It suffices to say that the very first verse of the Book of Allah to be revealed says:

‘Recite, in the Name of thy Lord who created; created man from a clot of blood. Recite, for thy Lord is the Most Gracious, who taught men with the pen; taught man what he did not know.’

(Surat-al-‘Alaq (96), ayah 1)

The Apostle of Allah (PBUH) stipulated as part of the ransom for the polytheists captured at Badr, one prisoner should teach ten Muslim children reading and writing, in the endeavour to wipe out illiteracy from the Ummah. Allah has not placed the learned and the ignorant equal. He (SWT) says:

‘Are those who know and those who do not know equal? Only those who possess understanding are mindful.’

(Surat-az-Zumar (39), ayah 11)

Islam has given the same weight to the ink of scholars as to the blood of martyrs. The Qur’an links science and power together in two noble verses:

‘For why should not a few from every group of them march out as a party, so that they may gain knowledge of religion and warn their people when they return to them? Perhaps they will beware. O ye who believe fight those unbelievers who are close to you, and let them encounter harshness in you, and know ye that Allah is with the god-fearing.’

(Surat-at-Tawbah (9), ayah 122-123)

The Qur’an does not distinguish between the natural and religious sciences, but advocates both. It sums up the natural sciences in one verse, by encouraging man to study them. To understand and be familiar with the universe is a way of revering Him and a path towards knowing Him. This is what the Almighty says:

‘Hast thou not seen Allah send down water from the sky?’

(Surat-Faatir (35), ayah 27)

Here Allah refers to astronomy and the cosmos, and the connection between heaven and earth. Then the Almighty says:

‘And We produce their with fruits of varying colours.’

(Surat-Faatir (35), ayah 27)

Here Allah refers to the amazing science of botany.

‘And among the mountains are streaks white and red, of varying colours and (others) black.’

Surat-Faatir (35), ayah 27)

Here there is a reference to the science of geology, and the different modes of strata that constitute the earth.

‘And of men and creatures that crawl and cattle, in like manner of various colours.’

(Surat-Faatir (35), ayah 28)

Here there is reference to the science of biology and the classification system. Do you think that these verses have left out any of the natural sciences? To all of this the Almighty adds:

‘The learned among His worshippers alone fear Allah.’

(Surat-Faatir (35), ayah 28)

Don’t you see that with such a wonderful construction of verses, Allah commands and encourages mankind to study the universe, placing those who have deep insight into the mysteries of the universe as those who revere and know Him.

Islam and Morality

The upcoming nation, above all else, needs to set a dignified and established moral code, together with a magnanimous spirit fired by lofty aspirations. For it will have to meet the demands of the new age which cannot be fulfilled unless it possesses sincere and strong morals founded on deep faith, unwavering determination, great self sacrifice, and considerable tolerance. Islam alone can create such a perfect soul, for it has made the purification of the soul a foundation of success. The Almighty says:

‘He who has purified it will succeed: he who has corrupted it will fail.’

(Surat-ash-Shams (91), ayahs 9-10)

He has made the reform of society incumbent upon the reform of the self and morality. He (SWT) says:

‘Surely Allah will not change the circumstances of a people until they change what is in themselves.’

(Surat-ar-Ra’d (13), ayah 11)

You will find verses that delve into the individual aspects of noble manners, and you will see that they represent an unassailable force, demanding one to purify and strengthen his soul, as the Almighty, says:

‘Of the believers are men who were sincere in their covenant with Allah, and of them are those who fulfilled their vow, and of them are those who are waiting, not having changed at all, for Allah to reward the sincere for their sincerity.’

(Surat-al-Ahzaab (33), ayahs 23-24)

Concerning generosity, self sacrifice, patience, tolerance, and the overcoming of hardships, Allah (SWT) says:

‘And that is because they suffer neither thirst not hardship nor hunger in Allah’s way, nor do they take a step which angers the unbelievers, nor do they gain anything from the enemy, but that a good deed is recorded on their behalf. Truly Allah does waste not the reward of the doers of Good, nor do they spend little or much, nor do they cross a valley, but it is recorded for them, so that Allah may reward them for the best of what they were doing.’

(Surat-at-Tawbah (9), ayahs 120-121)

There is no agent like Islam, that can awaken the conscience, arouse feelings, and station a guard over the self. It is the only one that can regulate the deepest and most hidden secrets.

Islam and Economics

The rising nation also needs to regulate its economic affairs. This has been the most important question of this recent age. Islam is not negligent of this aspect, but rather has laid down all the possible guidelines. You may hear Allah (SWT) speaking of safeguarding property, explaining its value and the necessity to give it importance:

‘Do not give the foolish your property of which Allah has appointed you the manager.’

(Surat-an-Nisaa’ (4), ayah 5)

And He says, concerning the balancing out of expenditures and income:

‘And let not your hand be tied to thy neck, nor open it to its fullest extent.’

(Surat-al-Israa’ (17), ayah 29)

And the Apostle of Allah (PBUH) says:

‘He who economises will not be in need.’

What is true for the individual is just as true for the nation, as the Prophet (PBUH) says:

‘How excellent is righteous wealth for a righteous man!’

Any good economic system is welcomed by Islam, and it urges the nation to promote it and puts no obstacles in its path. Islamic jurisprudence is filled with rules for financial transactions, and it has given them in such minute detail as to obviate further elaboration.

Finally, if the nation possesses all these reinforcements: hope, patriotism, science, power, health, and a sound economy, it will, without a doubt, be the strongest of all nations, and the future will belong to it. Especially, if to all this one adds that it has been purified of selfishness, aggressiveness, egotism, and arrogance, and has come to desire the welfare of the whole world. Indeed, Islam has guaranteed this, so there is no excuse for a nation that wants to rise to refuse this and divert from its path .

The Public Institutions of Islam

This is one of the beautiful aspects of the Islamic system, typically found in resurgent nations, bearing in mind that we are in an era of resurgence. As for reviewing all the beautiful aspects of this Islamic resurgence, it would require voluminous, vast and far-flung investigations. It is enough to say a few concise words on the aspects of this beauty: the Islamic system with respect to the individual, the nation, the family, the relationship between the government and its people and its relationship with other nations Has managed to bring together that which is all encompassing and general with that which is very precise and elaborate and has chosen the common good as well as giving it clarity. The Islamic system is the most perfect and most beneficial system known to mankind. This is supported by history and painstaking research in every aspect of national life.

This judgement, which was once limited to particular persons, has now become general, and is attested to by every fair minded individual. Whenever investigators delve into their researches, they uncover aspects of the perfection of this eternal system not previously discerned by their predecessors. Allah said in truth:

‘We shall show them Our signs on the horizons and in their souls until it is apparent to them that it is the truth. Is it not sufficient that thy Lord is a witness over all things?’

(Surat-as-Sajdah (41), ayah 53)

~ oleh ANUAR AHMAD di November 4, 2010.

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