The Faulty Strategy of Muslims

I find myself in a state of mind in these troubling times which is different from that of many otherwise likeminded Muslim brothers and sisters. I want to therefore state my mind:

I find many Muslim brothers spending a good part of their time accusing the US, the UK, Israel, and India of inflicting atrocities on Muslims and displaying double standards while dealing with Muslims. It is also quite often mentioned that there is a grand, global conspiracy against Islam and Muslims that is at the heart of whatever is happening in our times.

Although some of these allegations could be partly true, I find the activities of these brothers not only a futile exercise, but also one which is proving to be counter-productive. The reasons for my opinion are many: i) The addressees of these criticisms aren’t even listening to us. ii) Muslims are getting a false impression that there was nothing seriously wrong with them; all their woes owed themselves to the grand conspiracy of the western and some sinister eastern powers. The result is that Muslims are not doing at all what they needed to do the most during these times: to reform themselves morally and spiritually. iii) As a result of the strong criticism against the west, there is an east-west or Islam-kufr divide created which is highly inimical for the task of effectively disseminating the true message of Islam. We are losing many potential Umars because we find them in their first six years of the prophetic mission. iv) A false impression is being created that this world is being run not by God but by the US and its allies. Because had we believed that God was running the affairs of this world, instead of living with the negative mindset that has plagued many Muslims struggling to regain the lost glory of Islam, they would have focused on correcting themselves and believed in the Quranic message: “They plotted a plan (against the prophet) and Allah also designed a plan. And Allah is the best planner.” v) As a result of the emotional rhetoric of some Muslims, some others have taken up arms to undertake ‘Jihad’ against ‘Kufr’, thus causing not only hundreds and thousands of innocent lives to be lost but also tarnishing the good name of Islam. By indulging in this completely unnecessary war against the west, we are losing our innocent lives, military strength, and most importantly, the good image of Islam.

What then should we do? i) We should buy peace at all costs; focus our attention on moral, spiritual, and material progress of Muslims; ii) invite people, both Muslims and non-Muslims, to the true religion of God; iii) fight legally and politically –- and not militarily — our cases wherever our interests are being harmed; and iv) undertake a Jihad to remove poverty and ignorance — the two biggest enemies –- from Muslims.

7 thoughts on “The Faulty Strategy of Muslims

  1. Aamir

    I agree with your argument, but this is the argument that annoys most of the Pakistanis in diaspora, at least here in the US. Most Pakistani Muslims here love to point finger to outside for their own societal ills. Why do we as muslims, expect from people, who in the best case scenario have not much interest in us or in the worst case want harm for us, to do good to us. Our reform has to come from inside and waiting for outsiders for mercy and good and getting deep into self pity is not going to get us anywhere.

    I would add injustice in muslim societies in general and Pakistani society in particular as the third biggest enemy.

  2. Umer Khan

    Assalam o alaikum Khalid sb,

    I totally agree with you. I was myself a victim of this biased attitude few months ago towards not only west but also towards all the non-muslims. I too got influenced by the rhetoric emotional speeches, but what I feel now is I was sincere to what I knew was the truth. However, I was simply few steps lower the ladder of awareness from where I am right now and I know I have to keep on climbing till I die.

    So, I don’t get upset on such attitude from the contemporary muslim or non-muslim brothers, because I have gone through the same. Therefore, I beleive giving them time too, we cannot point out fingers at their sincerity.

    All I feel is, we should focus on our level of toleration inorder to increase it as much as we can.

    My message to all muslims would be that we must understand that we are not the special ones(just like the nations of prophets before Muhammad alahisalam used to think). We all are equal, we are not here to judge. ALLAH alone can and will judge us all.

    Therefore, we must stop pointing out fingers at others, and let us focus on our flaws and others’ qualities, because only then we can improve our morality level and thus the soceity’s too.

    Umer

  3. haider

    With a +ve attitude, within our ranks to reform our societies, is required, yet jehad (not necessarily or always Kital) is important. In addition we have not to make unnecessary enemies from all around world, hegemony is there, and all the world maybe facing it, yet there are ways to deal with it, as Prophet (May peace and blessings be on him) had done it. Please see War & Peace, in the life of Prophet (peace be upon him) by Zakaria Bashier by Islamic foundation.
    We have to learn from other cultures, but our mission is a faithful society in the 21st century as an example, as against faithless society of todays world. A challaenge in itself.

  4. Umer Khan

    Assalam o alaikum Khalid sb,

    I totally agree with you. I was myself a victim of this biased attitude few months ago towards not only west but also towards all the non-muslims. I too got influenced by the emotional rhetoric, but what I feel now is I was sincere to what I knew was the truth. However, I was simply few steps lower the ladder of awareness from where I am right now and I know I have to keep on climbing till I die.

    So, I don’t get upset on such attitude from the contemporary muslim or non-muslim brothers, because I have gone through the same. Therefore, I beleive in giving them time too, we cannot point out fingers at their sincerity.

    All I feel is, we should focus on our level of toleration inorder to increase it as much as we can.

    My message to all muslims would be that we must understand, we are not the special ones(just like the nations of prophets before Muhammad alahisalam used to think). We all are equal, we are not here to judge. ALLAH alone can and will judge us all.

    Therefore, we must stop pointing out fingers at others, and let us focus on our flaws and others’ qualities, because only then we can improve our morality level and thus the soceity’s too.

  5. A. Moiz Penkar

    Dr. Khalid, you have indeed pointed out the biggest threat to ourselves! I pray that all Muslims realize this. The steps you have suggested, especially “removing poverty and ignorance” are probably the only things we should be focusing on!

  6. Hassan

    I agree to what has been said, but…

    But what is your viewpoint on struggling against opression? I mean ok you and I understand how to proceed peacefully but what about those regions where Muslims are being butchered in the name of “war on terror”? Don’t you think that the US and its allies are indulged in a “JIHAD” that is far more brutal and inhuman than the ones that Muslims do. Maybe the Muslim jihad is just a reaction. When the educated elite dosen’t respond the way it should then this is what happens.

  7. J Yazdani

    Finally, someone from among Muslims is speaking with reason. In my opinion, the sole reason of the current state of Muslims has resulted from them being far from the Qur’an. Stories of prophets mentioned in the Qur’an are not meant for repeating them loudly in Friday sermons in mosques, but are mentioned for us to learn life’s lessons. The first lesson to be learnt is spiritual improvement and strengthening of one’s own self. That was, in my opinion, how Hazrat Ibraheem started, which led him to ultimately get to a position that earned him the title of “Khaleelullah”. In short, we have to look into our own selves and improve our own lot before we start blaming others for our problems.

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