One of the great stumbling blocks to creating an Islamic state is that there is a shortage of intellectual work done to clearly define how exactly such a state should operate. There is a lack of consensus. The chasms of disagreement are so wide that excommunication is preferred over reaching out to the other side. The attempt in this chapter and in the following chapters will be to develop one possible framework within which insh’Allah a new consensus can be reached. The purpose here is to find a practical and efficient solution to how we can have a viable Islamic state today. As we have noted earlier, the Secularists/Modernists want to relegate Islam to the mosque and transplant themselves to the western Weltgeist. Conversely, on the other side of the spectrum, we have people who want to reject the present world and recreate the period when Islam was ascendant.
While these two groups of people have hijacked the debate and become two colossi fighting a battle to the death against each other, the common man on the street does not necessarily agree with either side. The common man seems to know instinctively that the answer lies in between the ideologies of the two groups, yet have not articulated and rationalized a path between the two. After all, an ideological compromise built only around the premise of moderation and taking the middle path is at best weak. What is in fact needed is a synthesis of ideas rather than a compromise and such a model is of essence to the present political situation within the Muslim World.
This model cannot be a closed system, in that we cannot hope to create the "perfect solution". There is no permanent cure for poverty, inequality, or a whole host of other evils in these pages. To attempt to create such a system is clearly beyond what has so far been achievable. If one attempts such a system and fails, it often results in a far worse result as amply exemplified in the former Soviet Union. This author will venture to say that there may be no perfect solution. One must aim to design a system that takes this into consideration, a system that can adapt and has adequate "safety valves" and a mechanism to bring in emerging factors as they develop. This can thus be considered as a contingency approach.
While this synthesis is a wider work andwill involveconsiderable thought and time, this book will attempt to first build a skeletal structure for others to workupon. The areas to be addressedwill include the political system, the economic system, the legal system, the military and other such important topics. We cannot be encyclopedic but will aim to cover the most important.
It must be stressed that all elements of the Islamic state given here are interlinked and cannot work independently, nor stand effectively on their own;they act together in unison and balance. Lastly, within each sub-system, adequate checks and balances are of vital import.