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Muslims and modern challenges
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
|Muslims have been faced with problems
on diverse fronts for more than a hundred years and have been struggling
to meet the challenges since the second half of the 19th century. The
Muslim leaders of those times were of the view that the actual cause of
all their problems was the political domination of the western nations,
and that only bringing to an end that political domination could solve
their problems. This goal was fully achieved after the Second World War,
when all Muslim countries became free from foreign rule. However, their
problems, far from being solved have persisted till today with
What is the reason for this? The reason is traceable to the fact that
western dominance was, in fact, the result of modern industrial
civilization. Since the western nations continued to grow as industrial
powers, even after losing their political power, their domination
continued, the only difference being that where their domination had
earlier been a direct one, it now became indirect.
Given the negative results of their struggles, certain Muslim
intellectuals have attributed their failure to solve their problems to the
industrial backwardness. They hold that only by the acquisition of
industrial power similar to that of the developed nations can their
destiny be changed.
This, however, is not the solution to our problems. Time does not stand
still. New developments are constantly taking place. This means that, even
if, by a supreme effort, we managed to enter the industrial age, by the
time we did so, the western nations, in the words of Elvin Toffler, would
have entered the 'super industrial age.' In this way we would continue to
lag behind, and our actual problems would continue to remain unsolved.
The kind of problems and challenges Muslims are faced with today, at
political, economic and cultural levels, is in no way a new state of
affairs never before encountered.
In their long history the Muslims have repeatedly experienced such
situations in various forms. History shows, moreover, that the Muslim
Ummah has always emerged far more powerful and consolidated after passing
through the dangers and challenges of the various phases of their history.
Now, what we must grasp is how Ummah formerly faced such problems and the
challenges. The sole answer offered by history is that on each occasion of
adversity success was achieved through the da'wah power of Islam.
The Mongols, barbarous and bloody in their methods of warfare, succeeded
in inflicting extraordinary harm on Muslims in the middle of the
thirteenth century. They appeared invincible. But then, miraculously, the
da'wah power of Islam emerged and the Mongols were conquered. Referring to
this event, an orientalist observes: 'The religion of the Muslims had
conquered where their arms had failed.'
Muslims must rise today with the help of this da'wah power of Islam. If
they were to perform their da'wah work properly, their condition would
certainly change for the better. They would themselves benefit as has been
expressed in the Qur'an in these words: "Good and evil deeds are not
alike. Requite evil with good, and he, between whom and you is enmity,
will become your dearest friend." (4:34)
The opportunities to revive this da'wah process of Islam have increased to
an extraordinary degree. The scientific study of religions has proved that
all other religions besides Islam have lost their credibility. No other
religion is historically credible. Whereas Islam has been proved to be
authentic in every scientific analysis. In this way Islam is in a position
to gain an unopposed victory.
So far as human 'isms' are concerned, they have all been failures, the
most obvious example being the collapse of the communist empire. While it
was still in existence, the world was under the misapprehension that it
possessed an ideology. But this false conviction gave way when the
communist empire fell apart in 1991. Now, all over the world there is an
ideological vacuum. And it is the kind of vacuum that can be filled only
by Islam. Now the time has finally come for Muslims to rise with the power
of Islamic da'wah to build a new history for Islam through an ideological
conquest of the nations.
What we have to do now is to repeat that experience of our history, which
has unfailingly proved its success at all times. That is, we must avail of
the da'wah power of Islam in order to counter the challenges and problems
we are faced with. In their long history Muslims have always gained
success through da'wah power and today, too, by putting it to good use,
they can certainly emerge victorious.
The secret of da'wah power conquering all in its path lies in its emphasis
on profitability. God's law for this world is that what is useful for
people gains stability and acceptability among the people.
Islam, of all religions, is the most beneficial. It provides the answer to
man's search for truth. It furnishes man with a true ideology of life. It
gives man mental peace. It is exactly in accordance with human nature. It
helps man discover the thoroughfare by which he can safely complete his
journey from this world to the hereafter. Undoubtedly there is nothing
more profitable to man, and that is what makes Islam the most acceptable
of all religions. The partial success of da'wah work can be seen even
today, even when it is not being performed in an organized way at the
Over the last hundred years countless political sacrifices have been made,
without there having been any real gain, whereas during the same period
tens of thousands of people, impressed by the teachings of Islam, have
entered the fold of Islam.
Islam is a religion of nature. It has the only un-interpolated scriptures.
It is such factors as these, which have made Islam into an effective,
force on its own. That is why people continue to embrace Islam in every
country and in every region of the world. You may not be able to carry out
elaborate research on the subject, but if you just read through the weekly
Al da'wah, published in Riyadh you will find such instances in almost
every one of its issues.
The importance of da'wah has been established in both theory and practice.
The need of the hour is, therefore, the adoption of da'wah work as our
most important program, and the diversion of all our strength and
resources towards this end. q