Islam today has over 1.5 billion adherents with enormous wealth of resources and a near perfect geo-strategic location. More than any of these, our greatest strength is Islam, the values and guidance from the One True Creator, Allah.
Our Creator gave us Islam, as a Mercy to mankind. Islam represents a shift in religious thinking and differs from all other belief systems, doctrines and philosophies preceding it, in that it advocates simultaneous living in the material world and the spiritual, and provides a synthesis of relating the two. While, for instance, Buddhism and Catholicism are inclined to the interior life, in rejection of the exterior, and on the other hand, Confucianism and Calvinism (or its many intellectual offspring) are focused on the exterior life or political systems such as Marxism and Capitalism are belief systems that are focused on the external and the material world in complete exclusion of the spiritual, Islam provides an understanding and a solution in a complete and comprehensive understanding of the human paradigm. Islam can thus be explained as “religion without mysticism and learning without atheism”.
The success of this paradigm was exemplified in the rapid rise of Islam, morally, economically, politically and militarily; as the central driving force in the world. Islam towered as the dominant civilization and political empire for over a thousand years. Yet today, Muslims have been in a steep political and economic decline. The world has been in a state of great turmoil and change and Muslims are at a final crossroad to either fade away as a political force, or re-energize and rejuvenate. The Uthman Empire is no more, and its tiny fragments are now weak and subjugated by various foreign powers.
Beyond armies and the force of arms, these foreign powers are using their ideologies and world views to secure themselves in our lands and to keep us economically, politically, militarily and spiritually starved and dependent.
Today's state of subservience is a highly unnatural position for the Muslim world, given our history, and to correct such a position is not outside the realms of possibility, but rather one that would represent a natural progression of events, and correction of balance.
Islam has been and continues to be the most powerful and dynamic force in the Muslim World and the only pragmatic solution to our present crisis. What galvanized Muslim India to seek freedom as Pakistan? What inspired the Chechens? Bosnia? Afghanistan under Soviet occupation? Mahathir's Malaysia? The Hezbollah in Lebanon? The answer remains the same throughout.
The contention here that this primary force within us can best be articulated, and come to its full expression in the embodiment of an Islamic state. This book attempts to define how such an Islamic state can be created and sustained. And what are the major issues that the Islamic state needs resolved.