Indeed, the teachings of Islam cater to humanity-at-large. All problems affecting man and his environment can be solved through proper implementation of Islamic Law. But, how can the current global problems be solved through Islam, when Muslims themselves do not implement it? How can we prove to others that we can solve their problems when we ourselves have more problems to solve?
Now that the Muslim society is, in general, at variance with real Islam, it is our duty to help rectify the conditions we are in. Knowing that Islamic Law was effectively implemented before, there is no reason why it cannot be viably carried out now and in the future. By the Grace of Allah, Islamic revival is already in the offing, and Muslim men and women should have strong commitment and conviction to co-operate along this path.
Muslims need to think global as members of the Ummah. They should be able to break all barriers against their unity and brotherhood. Muslims worldwide should continuously promote co-operation, brotherhood and unity among themselves. Allah says:
Help one another in righteousness and piety, but help not one another in sin and rancour: fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment. (Quran, 5:2)
The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah that you may receive Mercy. (Quran, 49:10)
Muslims, both as individuals and as groups, should help carry out the task of Dawah. They should persistently let the world know that Islam is for all mankind. They should behave according to the teachings of Islam. They must strictly adhere to the Quran and Sunnah, so that non-Muslims will notice and appreciate the beauty of Islam. In other words, reviving the golden age of the Ummah should start at home. We should imbibe in our families the real teachings of Islam, so that we can reassert our identity as Muslims. We should see to it that the immediate members of our families, our daughters, sons and wives, are models of what Muslims should be. At the same time, we should also ask our family members to help convey the message of Islam to others.
· Courtesy: ISLAM The Solution to the Worlds Perplexing Social Problems, published by International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh.