Saturday, August 31, 2013

Reconciliation of Islam into 21st Century

"Islam should tune with the Modern world to ensure it's survival". This is a common heard statement amongst the Muslim countries striving for democracy and nationalism. The western educated ruling class are incessant in in reminding that we cannot live in the bygone age, made to believe that it is impossible to turn back the clock. Hence we are moving into fulfill the needs of the secular society.

Now we are given plenty of suggestions to become strong, that we must reject 'traditional' interpretations of the Quran and rather read it "rationally" in the light of modern life. The modern reforms instituted by Muslim countries have this goal, but how any of us are realizing the impacts and importance of these in the Muslim community?

The idea of an Islamic state is an anathema to the western rules world hence we are persistently told to abolish the system of Khalifate and dismiss any possibility of its revival. Politics and government based on religion are considered to be medieval, and plenty of Muslim countries are working hard towards spreading the blame of various evil afflicted on them throughput history on the Khalifate system. There are also claims Khilafate system is not in Islam as our beloved Prophet Muhammed ( PBUH) mission was limited to preaching.

Islam cannot live without an Islamic community, and an Islamic community cannot survive without an organized leadership.  

Shariah is vehemently condemned in the western society, who believes the secular laws can contribute more towards the well-being of the society than the Shariah. After abolishing the khalifate the next target would be the shariah. We are made to believe shariah isn't compatible for the current culture, where drugs, alcohol, gambling, interest and sex have a major part of the daily activities hence the secular laws are rather feasible and the punishment for these according to shariah are considered inhumane. Islamic way of life cannot persist without shariah.

It is not going to be a hard task fore the destruction of the Muslim ummah after abolishing the Islamic system and law. Instead of being one ummah despite of language, race and country we are told to pride ourselves with our nationalism. This would only lead to the isolation of the Muslim people from one another.

Islam for ourselves is a common idea striking among the Muslim countries, they even want the Quran not with Arabic and their language translated but solely in their own language. Isn't this an open invitation to the include variations and misconceptions in the Holy Quran?

With the industrialization modern philosophies declare all problems can be overcome without the divine aid. And that is the reason for all the endless struggles fought to eradicate poverty, diseases and ignorance and yet no government is willing to enforce the Zakath, prohibit interest or bring Quranic laws into action.

Our western influenced leaders also strive for the liberation of the women. Liberation and freedom is when they have the rights to gain education and develop minds and exhibit their skills but what is rather meant as emancipation at today's context is women socially mingling with men and wearing clothes immodest and rather make them a prey of eyes. Western clothing have now become the symbol for progress and development while traditional and modest clothing is regarded as backwardness and ignorance. Implying the western dress code among our ummah only leads us astray from chastity and Islamic ways.

We are moving in to a system where Islamic ways are evidently made invisible and adopting the western cultures in to ours.  Has not our prophet Muhammed (PBUH) entioned: "He who imitates a people one of them" ?

It is enough us being blind fold. The more we strive to reform Islam and make it incompatible to the modern life, the more weaker we become. Now shown what happens on re-conciliating Islam to current context, it is time for you all to decide what can be done?

Jazakillahu khairan to- Maryum Jameelah (Margaret Marcus)