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Reconciliation of Islam into the 21st Century

“Islam should tune in with the Modern world to ensure it’s survival”. This is a form of deception the ummah is blinded with in the Muslim countries striving for democracy and nationalism. The western disciplined ruling class are incessant in reminding that we can not dwell in the antiquated age, and are conned to believe …

Reconciliation of Islam into the 21st Century

“Islam should tune in with the Modern world to ensure it’s survival”. This is a form of deception the ummah is blinded with in the Muslim countries striving for democracy and nationalism. The western disciplined ruling class are incessant in reminding that we can not dwell in the antiquated age, and are conned to believe that it is impossible to turn back the clock. Hence we are focused on accomplishing the needs of the secular society.

Plenty of prepositions are offered to us to become strong, that we must renounce ‘traditional’ interpretations of the Quran and passably read it “rationally” in the light of modern life. The modern reforms instituted by many Muslim countries have this goal, but how any of us are realising the impacts and importance of these in the Muslim community?

The concept of an Islamic state is vehemently disliked by the western world’s rulers, hence we are persistently told to abolish the system of the Khilafah and dismiss any possibility of its revival. Politics and government based on religion are considered to be medieval, non-feasible and also an impediment to the ‘secular’ development of a country. A good deal of Muslim countries are working hard towards spreading the blame of various evil inflicted on them throughout the history of the Khilafah system. There are also claims the Khilafah system is relevant or not included in Islam as our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s mission was limited to preaching.

But . . . Islam cannot live without an Islamic community, and an Islamic community cannot survive without an organised leadership.  

Shariah is vehemently condemned in the western society, who have conceived that the secular laws can subsidise more towards the well-being of the society than the Shariah. After abolishing the Khilafah, the next objective would be the abolishment of  shariah. We are conned to believe shariah isn’t compatible for the current culture, where drugs, alcohol, gambling, usury, interest and sex have become the large scale daily activities, hence the secular laws are rather feasible and the punishment for these according to shariah are considered inhumane. But what we have to know is that the Islamic way of life cannot persist without shariah.

It is not going to be a hard task to destroy the Muslim ummah after abolishing the Islamic system and law. Today, instead of being one ummah in spite of language, race and country as we taught by our beloved prophet Muhammad, we are told to pride ourselves with our nationalism.

Muslim, Book 32, Hadith  6261, Narrated by Nu’man b. Bashir

Nu’man b. Bashir reported that the Prophet Muhammad said “Muslims are like one body of a person; if the eye is sore, the whole body aches, and if the head aches, the whole body aches.”

But today, instead of one ummah and abiding in his ways we are following what was said “Ummah bleeding, Ummah sleeping” . Priding ourselves with nationalism and focusing on secular development would only lead to the isolation of the Muslim people from one another.  “Islam is for my country” is a common idea striking among the Muslim countries. They even want the Quran without Arabic and their language translated, but instead solely in their own language. Is not this an open invitation to the include variations and misconceptions in the Holy Quran?

With industrialisation the modern philosophers declare all problems can be overcome without the divine aid. Neglecting or not enforcing the laws from the Holy Quran, but instead creating and abiding by a system of man made rules, and that is the reason for all the endless struggles fought to eradicate poverty, diseases and ignorance. Yet no government is willing to enforce the Zakat, prohibit interest or bring any of the Quranic laws into action.

When it is said ‘Women in Islam’, the marathon of ‘oppressed women in Islam’ starts. Our western influenced leaders also strive for the liberation of the women. Liberation and freedom is when they have the rights to gain education, and develop minds and exhibit their skills, but what is rather meant as emancipation at the present is women socially mingling with men and wearing immodest clothes and rather make them a prey of eyes. “Women are not a candy to look fancy in the eyes of men”. Western clothing is now inclined as the symbol to stride for and for development, while traditional and modest clothing is regarded as under-development and ignorance. Imploring the western dress code among our ummah only leads us astray from chastity and Islamic ways.

We are striding into a system where Islamic ways are evidently made invisible and infusing the western cultures in to ours.  Has not our prophet Muhammad  mentioned:

Sunan Abu-Dawwod, Book 33, Hadith 4020, Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

The Prophet said: He who copies any people is one of them.

It is enough us being blind fold and deceived. The greater are our efforts to reform Islam and make it compatible to the modern life, the more weaker the Muslim ummah gets. Now after showing what happens when we reconciliate Islam to its current context, it is time for you all to decide what can be done?

Manal Ibham

Manal Ibham

Manal Ibham is a student with a passion in reading and writing on inspired topics and controversial issues that concerns the ummah. She is hoping to progress in the Islamic and science sectors.
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