Tala'al Badru 'alayna,
Min thaniyyatil Wada
Wajaba al shukru 'alayna
Ma da'a lillahi da'
O the White Moon rose over us
From the Valley of Wada
And we owe it to show gratefulness
Where the call is to Allah
Ayyuha al mab'uthu fina
Ji'ta bi al amri al-muta
Ji'ta sharrafta al Madinah
Marhaban ya khayra da
O you who were raised amongst us
Coming with a work to be obeyed
You have brought to this city nobleness
Welcome! best call to God's way
The people of Medina welcomed the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with this song over 1400 years old during his hijra. Medina, the first Islamic state, was one of the key turning points and perhaps marks the changing of the political landscape for Muslims from one of oppression to one of ascendancy. Perhaps someday, Allah will grant us our Medina and we can sing the same to our migrants from around the world.
What follows are some ideas on how such a state would react in the immediate aftermath.
Internal and external forces would attempt their best to sabotage such a state. We have seen this time and again by not only the United States, but also by Europe, Israel and others. It is imperative that such saboteurs are preempted. Drastic measures and policies will need to be adopted.
It is of utmost importance to change the fundamental power equilibrium in the country. The first important measure would be to eliminate the power base of the old secular elite. It is of vital import to take drastic measures to ensure these elite, entrenched over ages, choose subservience or flight rather than their fight instincts.
The biggest robber barons that have looted the country, having the biggest overseas bank accounts will need to answer for their deeds. They will have to return the money. Those that escape to their master foreign countries could possibly be renditioned, just as the Mossad renditioned Nazis that escaped WWII. Big or small robber, our secular elites will have to compensate for their deeds in some appropriate manner, including perhaps having to serve labor time, building roads, canals and planting trees for the country, as payment for their robbery of the common Muslim.
Nationalization & Privatization
Much of the industry is owned by local elites and multinational corporations. This needs to be changed. At face, a rather Marxist argument of gaining control of the means of production. Yet, at the same time, we do not want to hand these over to cronies of the new administration, nor do we want the government to keep ownership of industry, which would go against our free market principle and would result in great inefficiency.
One possible solution is to redistribute a portion, perhaps half of the equity to the employees of the company, in accordance with each employee’s salary as a proportion of net company salary, a rather large equity bonus if you will. The other half of the company can by floated in the stock exchange, staggered over a few years so as not to flood the market. A small percentage, for instance two percent can be kept by the government to diversify its revenue sources.
The major companies as they stand today are often subsidiaries of foreign multinationals. As such they are not companies as we would understand them but rather neutered and genetically modified beasts that lack essential elements like R&D, certain key elements of manufacturing, branding, product development and marketing assets. All such companies must be made aware of these deficiencies and they can learn by trial and error to fix these issues on their own. The government cannot and should not fix these for them.
All foreign companies that seek to participate in the local economy beyond direct export would need to conclusively prove that their funding sources do not include riba. This is nearly impossible as virtually all foreign companies are geared with interest financing. However, that is not the fault of the Islamic state; one must play by the rules of the Islamic state to do business there.
Everyone gets a fresh start and all debts are considered null and void. Interest will be banned from the economy. As concerns our foreign trading partners, they can take back their loans from the beloved elite that siphoned off the money to Switzerland and other such places. The IMF and World Bank should not receive their money back from us. The Islamic State will not be a member of these organizations. All foreign NGOs will have to pack their bags.
All local NGOs with foreign funding will have to seek funding from elsewhere. If foreign countries wish to help us, they can open their economies to trade with the Islamic state rather than provide us with strings-attached charity. The only foreign nations that can legitimately seek their debt back will be those that have given honest and sincere funds for the benefit of the country and have remained friends and trading partners post-revolution. This could prominently include China. Even this may be restricted to the capital sums and not the interest portion.
It is vital as Muslims to defend Islam. It is a duty upon us. But most Muslims feel helpless because they see themselves in a Mekkan era; that is where we are in effect powerless. Our rulers are corrupt and often client states of non-Muslim powers. We are technologically, militarily and economically backward and dependent. Most of all, we are intellectually enslaved.
While it is true that little actions from over 1.65 billion people can have enormous impact, little actions must build up to bigger actions. If we look back to the generation of the Prophet (peace be upon him), we see that they went from little actions to bigger actions, from struggle to greater struggle, until the point where Muslims established themselves in Yathrib (Medina), from whence the struggle was on its way up to a positive. The Prophet (peace be upon him) strove and increasingly moved up the tempo until we Muslims moved from an era of oppression in Mekkah to an era of strength in Medina. And if we can reach such a point, it would make all else that we do easier.
Imagine if we had a Medina that was not backward, not secular, nor controlled by the US, how much more would we be able to achieve? If we can find a possible way to create a new Medina, that struggle should theoretically be of the highest priority for what it would allow us to achieve, for such a state would enable a far greater scale of dawah, charity and jihad.
It would allow us to fight honorably and conventionally as the Prophet (peace be upon him) fought without going into such desperate tactics that are against traditional shari’ah law, acts such as killing civilians and using suicide bombings; acts that are bida (innovations). Acts whose very desperation makes them un-Islamic – true Muslims never despair, for they know that Allah (swt) is with them and that He cannot be defeated and that He has promised the believers victory if we strive in His Way.
A state would galvanize us, synergize our efforts, and unite us in our will and resolve.
Prophecy after prophecy is coming true, and while we cannot agree whether the black banners we await will come tomorrow or 200 years from now, there is clearly at least a possibility that it will be sometime soon. As Muslims, we must guard against that possibility! That is our duty!
We must think strategically and understand these issues. We must be willing to think with our brains as much as struggle with our hearts. We cannot be indecisive, we cannot be uncaring, we cannot be hypocrites. We must struggle, we must struggle now, we must struggle smart and we must struggle in the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. It is He that grants victory, and it is He that owns history.
And Allah knows best!
I am striving to worship you the best I understand my Allah, so forgive me if I have failed you in anyway. May You guide me to the Straight Path, the path of those You have favored, and not the path of those who have gone astray.