Challenges Before Ummah & How To Overcome Them

Allah says in the  Quran (Sura Al-Hadeed) that,"It is He who sends down upon His bondsman bright signs so that He may bring you forth from the darkness towards the light .And verily Allah is kind and Merciful to you." Means the Muslims were handed over with the gift which could enlighten the whole world. And Muslims then revolutionised the world in 6th century when there was deep rooted ignorance in the west. Muslims under the centralised leadership of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) dominated the major portions of the world and that continued till 11th century.

But what is wrong with the today's Muslims. We are lagging in every sphere of life compared to other religious groups. There are 57 countries that have accepted the membership of “Organisation of Islamic Coopeartion” (OIC) and thereby have declared themselves as the Muslim nations. But the situation of everyone among them is not alluring. All are sailing in the same boat

It is crystal clear and  doesn’t need a proof to explain if really there are crisis in the Muslim world. Till now around 935 noble prizes in different fields have been awarded. But Muslims bagged just 12 and majority of them in the field of peace. The figure speaks about the intellectual crisis in the Muslim world. The ethnic genocide of Rohingya Muslims, the stories of Afghan destruction, the death of a million Iraqis , day to day killings in Palestine and Syria, the blinding of the Kashmiris are the self-explanatory facts.

An Australian Professor at LSE London ,Arnold Toynbee after studying the history of different world civilizations makes an important comment on the reasons that make the civilizations rise to excellence or result in failure. To him, civilizations don’t die because of murder but because of suicide. Means it is the inability of a civilization which doesn't give timely response to the challenges resulting in its downfall.

It is pertinent to mention  here, that there can be no rise of Muslim nations unless there is no Islam. Islam enjoins upon us to adhere to the divine commandments which are with us in the shape of Quran. If we leave the book aside we are doomed. The fact is that the success of Muslims today lie in following the commands of Quran and Sunnah.

Besides the foremost thing is that Muslims should first get a united stand on crtical issues afflicting the world we live in. That can be achieved only when we recognize the larger aim of Islam, which is meant for true peace for the whole mankind.

The day it is done, the world will usher in eternal peace. There will be no need to spend much of the national income on making the borders and as Islam abhors borders that divide mankind. Science and Technology will then benefit all of us not exploit us. That is the world we all should work for. And we would not be having any puerile discriminations either based on race ,customs or nationality , rather a unique pattern of equality would prevail all over the world.

Zaieem Bhat

Department of School Education

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