Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal
Why so powerless?
The current state of the powerlessness of the Muslims mostly owes to the absence of an Islamic state. The situation has deteriorated so low that the Muslims now live without the full practice of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him)’s Islam. So, the understanding of Qur’an and the practice of sharia, hudud, shura, pan-Islamic unity, jihad, and other basics do not exist in their life. Such a restrained practice of Islam is considered by the enemies as the best way of containment of Islam. Any attempt to come out of the control is labeled as a threat to the so-called global peace and security; hence becomes the target of instant annihilation. The issue of peace and security means the peace and security of the global imperialist terrorists and not for the Muslims. So the Muslim villages are bombed and the Muslim men, women, and children are killed in many Asian and African countries by the US, the French and the Russian bomber planes. Even the wedding ceremonies and the burial gatherings are not spared.
The core Islamic practice like “enjoining the right” and “eradication of the wrong” is not allowed even in Muslim states. Any attempt for implementation of sharia is labeled as a marker of extremism. And the glorification of any effort for establishing an Islamic state is blamed as terrorism. Even helping the innocent victims of Israeli atrocities in Palestine faces strict restriction and scrutiny. Thus, a believer is compelled to live without Islam’s key mission, vision, and objective. Whereas, submission to such restricted and distorted practice of Islam is only possible after a gross deviation from the Qur’anic roadmap. And any such deviation can only lead to hellfire. To avoid such a hell-bound route, migration to an Islamic state becomes part of the Qur’anic roadmap –as practised by the early Muslims.
Why Islamic state is the best beneficial institution on earth?
The livelihood of physical sustenance comes from Almighty Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. It is given to all creatures. But the success in life depends on spiritual and ideological rightness. Only such rightness takes one to paradise, and the failure takes to hellfire. Achieving that spiritual rightness is the obligation of every individual; his or her fitness for paradise is tested here. For that, the conceptual premise must stay uncorrupted. And to stay uncorrupted, it needs full immunity against toxic ideas, false beliefs, and fake religions. And to generate such immunity, it needs Divine knowledge. Because of such knowledge, the Muslims who stayed in Mokka prior to their migration to Medina, could survive the conceptual corruption amidst the highly corrosive kuffar beliefs. One can produce food and drinks, but can’t grow Divine knowledge or guidance. Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la has sent down holy books and thousands of messengers to do that job.
For spiritual and conceptual rightness, one needs an ideological environment free from toxic ideas and beliefs and also needs regular nourishment from the best treasure of knowledge like the Holy Qur’an. Only this way one gets rightly benefited from the greatest blessing of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and can stay aligned with siratul mustaqeem. Otherwise, he or she meets a spiritual death and gets deviated to the hellfire. In this regard, the role of an Islamic state is crucial. Such a state does the job on behalf of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la to keep people safe from political, ideological, and cultural corruption and prepare them for paradise. When a state does its job –as done in the early days of Islam, even an average man achieves spiritual good health and attain the necessary fitness for paradise. This is why nothing is more beneficial on earth than an Islamic state. This is the best project to save people from hellfire. And those who invest their wealth, talent, and blood for building an Islamic state are indeed the best people in the sight of All-Wise Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. In its absence, even a Nobel laurate gets lost in a corruptive conceptual quagmire. Through education, culture, and politics, the people living in an un-Islamic state get groomed for the hellfire.
Since Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and his companions didn’t have any ready-made Islamic state anywhere, they needed to build one. It is indeed the most important as well as the most costly and the most beneficial task that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did for mankind. Because of that, the Muslims could build the finest civilization in the whole human history. More than 60 percent of companions sacrificed their life for strengthening and defending the project. Such a state works as the true gateway of paradise. But Satan has his own agenda; he wants to take people to the hellfire. He made it known in front of Allah Sub’hana Ta’la on the first day of his rebellion. So, the satanic forces all over the world stand against the creation of an Islamic state even in a Muslim land. They wish that the Muslims should live without iman. For that, they want to de-link them from the Qur’anic teachings. This is why the USA and other anti-Islamic forces put pressure on the client Muslim states to curb Qur’anic lessons in schools, madrasas, mosques, media, and in. public gatherings. So, in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, and in many more Muslim countries, not only the Qur’anic classes and Islamic TV channels are closed down, but also many of the Qur’an teachers are put behind the bar.
Dangers of an institutional void
The most important event in the Islamic calendar is not the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or the victory of Mecca, but his migration from Mecca to Medina. It is the most important milestone in Islam’s civilizational growth and in the emergence of the Muslim Ummah as the most dominant World Power. The decision of the early Muslims to begin the Islamic calendar from the year of migration indeed gives recognition to the significance of the event. Only after the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the Muslims could enjoy a safe and conducive premise to practice full Islam. Only a powerful Islamic state could provide the infrastructural support and security in fulfilling the Islamic obligation of the Muslims to make the Qur’anic Truth prevail over the falsehood. Only such an Islamic state based on pan-Islamic brotherhood could help dismantle the divisive walls raised in the name of land, language, race and ethnicity and could provide the needed space for civilizational growth. The absence of such a core Islamic state could easily precipitate the worst catastrophic consequences -as the Muslims experience today. The Muslims are now forced to live a life without full Islam. They are forced to embrace even the enemy occupation, deaths, destruction, eviction, and ideological cum cultural corruptions.
For moral development, constant nurture in a value-adding institutional environment is crucial. Family, mosque, madrasa, school and the cultural cum educational milieu of an Islamic state constitute the essential parts of such a value-adding infrastructure. In absence of such institutions, the risk of moral, cultural, and spiritual deprivation is quite real. In fact, in such an institutional void, men and women even with full physical fitness turn inferior to the animals –as has been stated in the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Quranic thus reveals, “ula’ika k’al an’am, bal hum adal (they are like the animal, rather worse than that)”. The naked men and women who live like animals in the jungles of Nicobar Island are indeed the products of such an institutional void. Physically and genetically they fully resemble a man or woman, but they can’t fit in human society. Instead, they show more compatibility with the fellow animals. When they see men or women in their near vicinity, these fellow members of the same species quickly disappear into the forest –as shown in documentaries on their life. It reinforces the notion that meeting mere bodily needs doesn’t make people true human. The moral, educational, cultural and spiritual needs to be adequately addressed, too. For that, a value-adding vast infrastructure must be in place; otherwise, moral death is unavoidable. Indeed, an Islamic state provides such a humanizing mega infrastructure; hence it is the most important institution on earth. Because of such a value-adding infrastructure, the best people of the whole human history -like the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) could be produced. Because of such a supportive state, the Muslims could build the finest civilization on earth and could emerge as the number one World Power.
The state power & the consequence
Family, community, mosques, schools, and colleges have their invaluable importance as value-adding institutions. But none of these is equal or superior to the state and its powerful infrastructure. The state is the most powerful institution on earth that can add ultimate humanizing or dehumanizing factors to humans. A state must empower its people and the people must strengthen the state. Such a model works in an Islamic state and gives birth to a powerful civilizational force. But such a model does not work under the enemy occupation. The state and its institutions are then run by the enemy and work for the enemy. The people are then treated only as subjects. And the state institutions then become the tool of exploitation, subjugation, de-Islamisation, and de-empowerment –as occurred under the colonial occupation in the past and it is happening now under the occupation of anti-Islamic forces.
The occupying force of a state can easily undo the good works of the social and religious institutions. They can easily manipulate the civic institutions to serve their own agenda. Millions of mosques and thousands of madrasas then stand powerless to encounter the influence of the brutal state power. Even mosques and madrasas can be turned into pubs, clubs, stables, or fodder stores –as happened in Soviet Russia and China during the communist era. Thus, if state power falls in the hand of any evil forces, it can cause unimaginable havoc on earth. Not only they can drop nuclear bombs, occupy countries and turn cities into rubbles, but also can endorse the worst criminals as a god in the public life –as happened at the hand of Pharaoh and Nimrod. The magic spell of state power doesn’t end there; it can even approve the most scandalous crimes in the name of religion –as was done in the case of mass slaughtering wars of the European crusaders in the Muslim lands. It can indoctrinate people even in believing the most unbelievable lies. Cow, snake or idol-worshipping paganism is indeed the product of such state-sponsored indoctrination -that too in the name of religion.
Such manipulative state power can turn the societal space morally and spiritually more dangerous than jungles. A jungle is morally or spiritually neutral. The animals never persuade people in worshiping snakes, cows, or idols: therefore do not guide people to hellfire. Nor do they endorse a tyrant killer like Pharaoh as a god or Hitler as a leader. In fact, the most harmful evil creatures on earth were not born in jungles, rather in states –as is the case of Pharaoh, Hitler, Stalin, Bush, or Putin. Then the state institutions work as the largest evil industry to produce the most murderous people on an industrial scale. Occupying states, colonizing countries, running gas chambers, and dropping nuclear bombs, cluster bombs, barrel bombs or chemical bombs then become the acceptable norms. Such states under the occupation of the evil forces become the powerful tools for making wars, World Wars, genocidal massacres, ethnic cleansing, and mindless exploitation. The state apparatus like media, educational and cultural institutions then works as massive machines to mould people’s minds, behaviour, and character to the extent that they grow as the most obedient worshippers, voters and warriors even for the worst killers on earth.
The task of promoting and protecting people’s moral and spiritual health is so massive and difficult that it can’t be accomplished by mere religious scholars, leaders, or parties. Nor could be done merely at homes, mosques or madrasas. The full islamisation of people is unattainable without full islamisation of the state and its institutions; both must run together. Otherwise, the people and those who run the state deviate from Islam’s hands in hands –as is the norm today in the Muslim World. Hence, for the sake of Islam and the Muslims, nothing is more important than the full Islamisation of the state. Such an extreme spiritual cum political necessity has also been emphasized in the Holy Qur’an. The most important Qur’anic obligations like justice by sharia, rule by shura, jihad for eradication of wrongs, and enjoining the right and borderless pan-Islamic Muslim unity remain only in the Holy Qur’an if the state stays out of islamisation. So the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) had to establish an Islamic state, and it becomes an obligation on every Muslim to follow him. It is also an inseparable part of sunnah. In fact, building an Islamic state is the greatest and the most distinctive legacy of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that makes him the greatest man in human history. The huge success of the early Muslims owes greatly to the contribution of such a powerful Islamic state. Because of such a state, the Muslims could emerge as the most powerful civilizational force in the world and could better serve Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la’s agenda. The Islamic khilafa appeared as the core Muslim state to protect Muslim interest both at home and abroad. No other faith or religion, nor even the great prophets like Musa (peace be upon him) or Isa (peace be upon him) could build such a state. As a result, they couldn’t build any civilization either. For the same reason, Buddha failed too.
The highest piety
For building a higher civilization, it needs the inclusive involvement of all the state and non-state actors and institutions. To accomplish such a highest act of piety, it also needs indispensable inputs from All-knowing Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Such Divine inputs are made available through the Holy Qur’an. In such an endeavor of state-building, all the believing men and women need to be fully mobilized and engaged –as happened in the days of Prophet (peace be upon him). Islam makes it a binding obligation on every believer. Therefore, for a Muslim, remaining inactive or disengaged from state-building is not an option. In fact, the success or failure of the ummah in raising such an Islamic state and civilization depends on the level of people’s involvement. In such an islamising endeavor, the entire state establishment with all of its leaders, institutions, and manpower must play the coordinating, mobilizing, and leadership role. Otherwise, all efforts meet failure. In prophet’s days, not a single Muslim remained inactive or disengaged from it. Any form of disengagement was known as a marker of disbelief (kufr) or hypocrisy (munafiqat). No other sector demanded such a massive investment of time, energy, wealth, and human lives than building the Islamic state; most of the companions needed to be on the front line of jihad and sacrifice their life. In absence of an Islamic state, the Muslim Ummah miss the rallying point. In such a void, the Muslims engage in doing the opposites: they fight for disunity and mutual destruction -as is happening now in the Muslim World.
Building hospitals, universities, high ways, farms, fisheries, or industries are definitely good deeds. These add skills and comforts to physical survival. But such economic or welfare works do not add any meaningful moral highness to the people. Nor does it add any guidance to save people from hellfire. But the fate of mankind is decided elsewhere. It is through jihad for enjoining the right and eradicating the wrong. And the best way of doing it is the Islamic state building jihad. Then, the whole state and its institutions become the parts of the Divine mission for enjoining the right and eradicating the wrong. The Muslim countries now have thousands of hospitals, universities, high ways, farms, fisheries, and industries. They have nuclear bombs, too. But that didn’t help them emerge as a civilizational force on earth. Neither did that add an iota of glory to the Muslims on the world stage. The Muslims built 57 national or tribal states, each with a different map, flag, and leader. But none of these states has any islamising role. The islamising objective of Islam can never be achieved by a national, tribal or secular state. Such states are fully incompatible with Islam’s core agenda. These states can’t match with the Vision of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. This is indeed the greatest calamity of the secular, tribal and nationalist states. Such states with the wrong objective and the erroneous mission can lead people only to a total failure in the hereafter. In fact, these states work as fast-moving trains on satanic tracks to the hellfire. Whereas, it is an obligation that the Muslims must set their state-craft on siratul mustaqeem; only then, the state and its institutions can help people reaching paradise. Only then, a state can do the greatest benefit to its citizens. It is indeed the real blessing of an Islamic state. Can any worldly benefit match such benefit in the hereafter? Therefore, what else can be the act of highest piety than building an Islamic state? It is awful that such a huge benefit of the Islamic state gets ignored. And it is no less shocking that such a distinctive difference between an Islamic and a non-Islamic state mostly goes unnoticed by the Muslims due to huge hostile propaganda of the evil forces!
Khelafa: why is it indispensable?
Enjoining the right (amaru bil maruf) and forbidding the wrong (nehi’anil munkar) is a key mission of Muslims’ survival. But is purely a law enforcement issue. Therefore, can’t be done through salah, fasting, hajj, charity and other rituals. These rituals are only the means to reach the end; not the end in themselves. And the enforcement of the law can’t be done by individuals. It needs law enforcement executive authority –which is possessed only by a state. It also needs a huge infrastructure of policing and judiciary to find out the wrong-doing criminals and to bring them to justice. Therefore, how can the believers discharge the assigned mission of “enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong” in absence of a sharia enforcing state authority? Hence in absence of such a state, a great part of Islam remains unpractised –as is the norm in most of Muslim countries. More importantly, without engaging in this obligatory mission, how a Muslim can please his Supreme Lord and can save his soul from the hellfire?
In absence of such a state, sharia survives only in books –as happened in the case of sharia that was revealed to the prophet Musa (peace be upon him). The people of Bani Israel were heavily punished for such criminal negligence. Now, the Muslims have taken the same route. In such a context, what else would be the best act of piety than engaging in Islamic state-building jihad? Whoever gets killed in the making and defending such a state is called shaheed. And a shaheed has a special place in Islam. No one can be a prophet anymore; but the door to become shaheed stays open. And in the hereafter, the shaheeds will enjoy the highly valued privilege of sitting with the prophets. They are given exceptionally an instant entry to paradise without accountability. The Almighty Lord gets so much pleased with the self-sacrificing deed that He made it forbidden to call them dead. They stay alive and are given food and drink even after getting killed –as promised in the Holy Qur’an.
The greatest wisdom of the early Muslims
The greatest wisdom of the early Muslims lies in the fact that they could fully realize how indispensable is an Islamic state. It reflects not only their true understanding of the Holy Qur’an but also the understanding of the socio-political urgency of an Islamic state for the practice of full Islam. Because of such understanding, they didn’t confine the practice of Islam within the boundary of their personal or family life. Nor did they restrict it within the premises of the mosques. Their vision was so insightful and their commitment for the cause of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la was so profound that even in the tiny Muslim population of Arabia, there was no shortage of people who sacrificed their wealth and lives to make the Islamic state a great success. Except for some physically disabled ones, none of them stayed behind the front lime or remained aloof from jihad. In fact, most of the companions of the prophet (peace be upon him) became shaheed. Islam’s successive victories, rapid expansion, and the whole glory indeed belong to them. Because of such a self-sacrificing spirit, the companions of the prophet Muhammad (be upon him) are labeled as the best people in the whole human history. Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims failed to make contributions of the same size. On the contrary, they made the ugliest part of Muslim history by working side by side with the imperialists as the most subservient mercenaries –as evidenced in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The mercenaries look for money, not for Islamic principles, obligations or higher values. If they get money, they even turn their guns towards the Muslim men, women, and children to please their masters.
Such mercenarism is indeed the dominant culture in the civil and military elites of the Muslim countries. They join the government and non-government organizations (GO’s and NGO’s) to fight for the imperialist causes both at home and abroad. Already, they have shown their readiness to fight any nasty war for the imperialists. So they could drop bombs even on religious schools to kill innocent girls –as the Pakistan Army carried out on Islamabad’s Hafsa madrasa during President Musharraf’s era. They can also launch a barrage of artillery shells even on a peaceful gathering of unarmed Islamists –as the Bangladesh Army did in Dhaka’s Shapla roundabout in May 2013. They killed hundreds of people and concealed their dead bodies. The Egyptian Army committed the most heinous massacre against the innocent unarmed men and women in Rabaa al Adawiya square in August 2013. These are only the terrible symptoms of a sinister disease, and the disease itself is the absence of a core Islamic civilizational state and its institutions in the Muslim lands. In absence of such a state, no one exists to punish these criminal mercenaries. These hardcore enemies of Islam and the Muslims have taken the full benefit of such a void; they could successfully occupy the whole Muslim World. Millions of mosques, hundreds of thousands of madrasas, and more than 1.5 billion Muslims couldn’t end this enemy occupation. Muslims’ prayer and supplication are not helping either. It needs some crucially important things to be done –as was the case with the early Muslims. The first thing must be done first, and that is the restoration of Islamic Khilafa –Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la’s only political institution on earth. Only such a state can dismantle the satanic states and their institutions from the Muslim lands. A devil never fails to understand his enemies. Hence, nothing can invite more wrath, more hostile propaganda, and more bombardment from the anti-Islamic global coalition of the imperialists than such an Islamic state-building initiative –as it is currently visible all over the Muslim World. In fact, such enmity of the proven enemy of Islam establishes the exact worth and correctness of the project.