Muslims must look inward to see why they are in such a bad state today.
The ICIT’s value proposition for the business model is to provide emerging Islamic leaders with resources and tools that enable them to become just leaders by implementing good strategy.
There is no shortage of people willing to serve foreign masters. Salina Khan looks at the theatrics of a self-styled Shaikhul Islam.
Crescent’s perspective on world events is unique and increasingly people are turning to it to get a better understanding of what is happening around the world.
(In) our public discourse, meaning in the khutbahs/talks/Conferences and whichever congregation/ Convention that we have there is a scarcity of rational thought/presentations about we, the Muslims, gaining power. This may be due to the general debilitated state of affairs that has accompanied us for a long time. In our current world we have movements of hundreds of millions of people who are Muslim by identity/ culture/traditions. These people are moving and they’ve been moving in the past several months. The climax of these events may have been the initial outburst of the people in Tunisia/Egypt and in the course/heat of the moment some Muslims may feel more emotions than they are able to process with their minds. In other words, as these events have been unfolding we haven’t heard enough Qur’anic direction for what is happening.
We observe this Friday while the Muslims in the world are in a state of instability. We know that Friday is a day of taqwa. Friday services are a reminder of taqwa. The Friday khutbah revolves around the concept of taqwa. This taqwa is a constant relationship/heightened awareness by the committed Muslim towards Allah as Authority/Power. We read Allah’s guiding Book. We read about Allah’s guiding Prophet; but reading if not related to reality is an exercise in futility. If we were to demonstrate our true relationship with Allah we would realise that we belong to a history/narrative/experience that lives on to our day. We are, in our historical character, (culture/ethnicity/race/nationality/gender aside- these are marginal issues), the important issue is that we are a continuation of the struggles of Allah’s Prophet.
One of the components that is absent from the total mind/consciousness of today’s Muslims is that they do not consider themselves having an enemy. This is one of the most serious flaws of today’s Muslims even though they read the Qur’an and the Qur’an, Allah and His Prophet are telling them otherwise. This element of animosity/hostility/belligerence that some people here in this world/life express to other people here in this world/life is a fact that cannot be ignored. What we see happening here in our immediate surroundings and what we view unfolding thousands of miles away is a substantiation of this absent fact- absent from the conscious thinking of current Muslims. If we were to listen and understand what Allah says to us, He, in this ayah in the first few pages of Surah Al Baqarah is speaking to the first conscious/rational human creation along with the Iblisi/Shaytaani element.
hese days- these times actually present us with an opportunity to serve Allah and to become His will on earth but there’s a caveat; we can’t do so if we cannot identify His guidance and the meanings of His guidance to us. It becomes impossible to do Allah’s will in the peculiar/ obvious circumstances that we find ourselves in. There’s an ayah in the Qur’an that takes to task those who are incapable of managing the meanings of the Qur’an.
The khutbah on Fridays at this time every week has been, (in a sense), a bridge between Allah’s revealed instructions to man’s condition on earth with the necessary reminder of Allah’s power presence in our lives. The Muslims in the world now are in a state of flux- as anyone who is tuned in can understand. There are movements of populations, a stirring of the conscience and a rejection of the status quo. It is not easy to say that our mental absence for so long has contributed to our physical reactions today. We have laboured for so long this position on this day to try and make headway as much as stimulating the Muslims to think because that is, (in the humble opinion of yours sincerely), one of the major issues that have contributed to the conditions that we, (meaning all the Muslims in the world not we the local Muslims (or) national group of people etc.), are in today.
Almost every statement in the above paragraph, except perhaps for the simple statement of fact with which it starts, could prove the subject of heated debate.
America has been so decisively defeated in Iraq that no amount of verbal sophistry by US president George Bush or his neocon allies can hoodwink the American people into believing otherwise. The cabal operating as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which led the chorus for “perpetual war” and “full-spectrum dominance”, appears to have gone into permanent hibernation.