Islam today has over 1.65 billion adherents with an enormous wealth of resources and a near-perfect geo-strategic position. More than anything else, our greatest strength is Islam, the values and guidance from the One True Creator, Allah and the active help from Him as He has promised, if we keep our duty to Him. And that Allah may help thee with powerful help. (48:03)
Islam came as a Mercy to mankind. It represents a shift in religious thinking and differs from all other belief systems, doctrines and philosophies preceding it, in that it advocates simultaneously living in the material world and the spiritual, and provides a synthesis of relating the two. Buddhism, Taoism and Catholicism are inclined to the interior life, in rejection of the exterior. Confucianism and Calvinism (or its many intellectual offspring), and political systems such as Marxism and Capitalism, focus on the exterior life and are belief systems that are focused on the external and the material world.
Islam provides an understanding and a solution in a complete and comprehensive understanding of the human paradigm, encapsulating simultaneously and in balance, the internal and the external, the material and the spiritual. 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 – moral, economic, political and military, as the central driving force in the world. Islam towered as the dominant civilization and political empire for over a thousand years. But today Muslims are 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 and Afghanistan under Soviet occupation? What caused the emergence of Somalia’s Islamic Courts and the Hezbollah in Lebanon? The answer remains the same throughout.
The contention here is 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 insh'Allah and the major issues that the Islamic state needs to resolve.