25/07/2009

Moulana Madani Said

"All the dangers of future, those are a lot in number, are only till the time we did not change our condition. But if we adopt islamic rules in our charecters and qualities, our emotions and inclinations, leave our own dangers, we can even eliminate the dangers of others. This is the efficacy of Islam and the good fortune of muslims that any nation which gets closer to its rules and ideology, that gets the satisfaction and good life. Change of condition does not mean that we get seperated from the Islamic ideology and Islamic charecter and civilization, but the change means that the distance which has been created, think that as a deadly disease and as soon as possible, we get as close to Islamic ideology and rules as we are to our soul our life and our hearts...". This discourse is an excerpt from the long presidential address of Shaikh-ul Islam Moulana Syed Hussain Ahmed Madani (R.A) which he delivered on 11th February of 1955 in the General Meeting of Jamiat Ulema Hind held in Kolkatta. All those issues were mentioned which nation of Islam was facing. (Book Jamiat Ulema Hind - Documents of Central meeting).

The situation was frightening
And that was the time when partition of the country was still recent. It was only eight (8) years for that. The muslim nation was passing through its problematic time. Small and big all organisations, institutions and mature personalities were engaged in bringing back the confidence in muslims and to connect them back to the life. In this case the most visible was the work by Jamiat Ulema Hind. A big difficulty was that a large portion of muslim nation was falling to misdemeanor due to the frustration, and for the muslim-nation leadership this situation was challenging. There were two tasks infront of the leadership. First was to take care of the belief and action, secondly to make it active in economical, social and educational forefronts. By telling this that "if we adopt islamic rules in our charecters and qualities, leave our own dangers, we can even eliminate the dangers of others", Shaikh-ul Islam in a sense denoted the purposeful duty of muslims. Means the muslim who beleives in One-ness of God, Prophethood and the day of resurrection, getting terrified by the frightening situation does not suit him. But his duty is that to think of the success and salvation of the entire human kind, strive to elimnate their dangers.

Circumstances even today are the same
It is quite possible that many do not fully agree with this interpretation, but including Shaikh-ul Islam, in the spirit of the writings, speeches and efforts all scholars of deoband philosophy and other knowledgable personalities, the fundamental point of view in their thinking seems like with reference to the book of God and prophet's tradition they not only wanted the progress of muslim nation but also the salvation of entire human kind, including the indian subcontinent. Apparently in their efforts the muslims thinking looks visible. But the aim is that if muslims progress and get empowered by becoming the true muslims then there will be justice established on the earth and the benefit will be to all the mankind. And Moulana Maudoodi's thinking was also the same that is as per the thinking of the scholars at large. The purpose of establishing Jamat-e-Islami was the same and it is even today. And also the situation is the same as 60 years ago it was.
Today, the circumsatnaces are even more complicated. The belief in Islam is directly under attack of deceptive forces. But the formula for the solution of all the problems is the same, which 55 years ago Moulana Madani mentioned, and on that basis an organisation was working already in the form of a movement. The need of the hour is that all these organisations, groups, institutions and prominent personalities get together and agree upon some course of action, and set forth the benefit of the day of resurrection, rising above all type of other benefits in this regard.
25/07/09 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Ibrahim Shaikh

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