Islam is not so narrow and defective to somehow reject all affairs relevant to life
as life-related affairs cannot stop Muslims from divine services because even if our
ancestors ruled over a large part of the world, they did not abandon night prayer and
other traditions of the Prophet Mohammad.
It should be remembered that by not perceiving the inside and outside situation, we do harm not only ourselves but also the religion. It is problematic if we choose to live without our society or international community. Long years ago, ulamas had said: “If anybody knows nothing about his people, he is ignorant”. It is something else to say that everything has borders and nobody should ignore the society and world but should keep their national identity safe with their message, legal, religious and cultural demands and social characteristics. Islam is not so narrow and defective to somehow reject all affairs relevant to life as life-related affairs cannot stop Muslims from divine services because even if our ancestors ruled over a large part of the world, they did not abandon night prayer and other traditions of the Prophet Mohammad. According to them, the more people used to fear from Almighty Allah and worship a lot, the more they would be good citizens and successful leaders of society, and it is natural that the more people worship the Almighty Allah in a better way, the more they can service His servants. Today, there is a dispute between Islam and ignorance almost in all countries whether Muslims are the minority or majority of these countries’ population. We are faced with new needs and issues in our lives, and off course it will be a big mistake of our life if we ignore them, but it is good to find a solution for it based on our religion and national values, or the people will go for another wrong alternative. Responsibility toward new situations As it is not possible to live without the community and world and it is not in our interest, it is necessary for each Muslim particularly today’s ulamas to build their social and political knowledge so that they can make use of their knowledge and influence among the people as religion, Islamic teachings and better invitation and good principles can be all implemented in human society, that’s why Almighty Allah chose his representatives from all the heavenly religions and books from the group of human beings so that they could guide their fellow human beings. As after the Prophet’s Companions, ulamas have the responsibility to guide the people, their minor mistake can harm the relations between the Ummah and religion because the ordinary people receive the Islamic teachings from the ulamas and they much trust them. Therefore, ulama are called as hearts of the Muslims’ body and their mistakes can put negative impacts on the society. How Muslims lost the Andalusia? Andalusia is the only country in the world which the Muslims lost. Unfortunately, this region was deprived of Islam. Historians and researchers have hinted various reasons for it. One of the reasons Muslims lost this region was its leaders’ continued mistakes and lack of political knowledge as the northern and southern Arabs have been divided into the Adnans, the Qahtans, the Yemenis, and the Hejazians, and there were always disputes between them. Nevertheless, the biggest reason for losing the Andalusia had been the ulamas’ mistakes and weaknesses as they abandoned their religion and went for money and disputes among the Muslims. This finally resulted in the annihilation of the Muslims in this region. Now, the whole Muslim Ummah is looking at the religious ulama and the world is also watching them. If they do mistakes, misuse their positions, go for money and stop Islamic learning and teachings, its negative impacts will be put not only on them but also on the whole Islamic ummah. What should be done? First of all, it is necessary to get the knowledge of the Islamic laws and principles and bring them to the people. Then, they should be implemented in such a practical way that can prove their superiority over all the existing laws, otherwise, lots of problems will be created due to the wrong knowledge and incomplete understanding, and people will then go for other existing laws rather than Islamic laws to get their rights. This is the right time that the world should be shown the current Islamic principles in both individual and social life, and practical solutions should be implemented in every part of life, whether it is part of the governance, whether it is the economy or banking or others… Lecturer Saifullah Saee