10 things the Muslim world needs to rethink about


1. Monarchy

Having one dynasty in control of all things can be very tricky. Their own personal agenda could easily become the burden of the entire nation and there is no system in place to prevent this.

2. Factional behaviour

Sectarian discrimination creates socio-economic imbalances.

‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about ‘Ali and ‘Uthman (may Allah be pleased with them), and the battles of the Jamal and Siffeen, and what happened among them. He said: That is blood that Allah caused me to have no hand in shedding, and I do not want to dip my tongue in it (by talking about it). (At-Tabaqaat al-Kubra, 5/394)

A man asked Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allah have mercy on him) about what happened between ‘Ali and Mu‘awiyah (may Allah be pleased with them), and he turned away from him.

It was said to him: O Abu ‘Abdullah, he is a man from Banu Hashim. He turned to him and said: Recite:

“That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do” [Al-Baqarah2:134].

(Manaaqib al-Imam Ahmad by Ibn al-Jawzi, p. 126)

3. Nationalism

Nationalism breeds contempts, war and hostility. It is a kind of modern fanaticism and breeds jealously, hatred and suspicion among nations. Nationalism is a danger to world peace and civilization. The small national sovereign states are a source of rivalry and war between strong and powerful nations. In this context we have the examples of Kashmir, Bosnia etc that stop the way of peaceful process in the world.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“He is not one of us who calls for asabiyyah , (tribalism/nationalism) or who fights for asabiyyah , or who dies for asabiyyah .” [Abu Dawud ]

4. Arms race

Muslims need to distance themselves from warmongering propaganda, imposing a military solution on issues that are fundamentally political and those that benefit from the war business. As per Nadler (1963), excessive growth of the military-industrial complex prevents countries from grappling seriously with their economic problems and in many instances actually contributes to business stagnation and unemployment.

5. Copy-cat epidemic

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,

“Surely you will follow the ways, of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e. inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a lizard, you too would follow them,” We said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Do you mean the Jews and the Christians?” He replied, “Whom else?” [Bukhari ]

6. Funding Da’wah

Da’wah is a peaceful Islamic approach to reform the world. It is like ripples in the water and hence should be focused from the center outward. The first line of Da’wahbegins with ourselves, then relatives, friends, neighbors and then the general public. This understanding is derived from the Surah Abassa in the Qur’an. Preachers must not turn their backs on those who are already believers in favor of those who are not yet being guided by Allah. So, for this purpose the workshops should be designed into segments:

  • New Muslims
  • Existing Muslims
  • Non-Muslims

7. A world language

Communication is the most phenomenal factor in the lives of human beings and it is greatly advanced by the existence of a global language. The language that is used beyond the borders can create understandings among the countries. For this purpose, Muslims should use Arabic as their second language besides their native language.

8. Single currency

A single currency will eliminate transaction costs, which are linked to international financial operations. This will affect both: ordinary citizens who plan to spend money abroad and multinational corporations undertaking international transactions. Different currencies create a lot of inconveniences and barriers. For instance, the European Commission (EC) has estimated that due to a single currency across the European Union 13 to 20 billion of Euro were saved per year (Grauwe, 2007). Moreover the difference between the currencies’ exchange rates becomes an obstacle for a free flow of trade. As the barrier of different currencies will disappear, the number of international transactions will increase. Bordo and James (2006) said that neighboring countries, which are members of a common monetary union, tend to trade more frequently with each other.

9. Sharing of resources

It will have huge advantages to countries and play a vital role to their development as well as better managed costs by enduring successful relationships between foreign resource developers and countries. What matters is whether a project has increased the number and diversity of opportunities for the community, and whether the process of development and operation has enabled human, social, and physical capital to be net-enhanced.

10. A global government

It can have the ability to deal with issues where the United Nations is typically too slow or completely unable (due to lack of consensus) to get things done. There will be no lasting wars. It can favor combined technologies, accelerated space programs, ease and increased speed to build up developing countries and enable open travel/migration.

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