76. One matter that seems surprising about the modern-day approach to pushing the limits of humanity in what he can ‘progress’ in, and in unhindered accumulation of goods and pleasures, is that the lack of restraint is seen not only in spiritual and religious matters (which, since they are related to the Ghayb, may be dismissed by many), but even in those things related to this very visible material world. This is why developed and now even ‘developing’ countries have their financial institutions underpinned by usury, obesity-related health problems, even the destruction of the planet itself. Continue reading
We dislike it when we hear this from non-Muslims, but I happened to hear it from a Muslim scholar as well: One symptom of extreme laziness amongst Muslims is how our intellectual capabilities are engaged only when we have to find a way to circumvent laws of nations for our personal benefit [not for the benefit of the Ummah or to protect the sanctity of Islam, but only for personal financial gain, etc.]
When we consider the term ‘Black’ and its connection to discrimination and racism, the truth is that we understand important issues, such as the fact that ‘Black’ comprises skin color but beyond that, cultures, languages, customs, and religions that differentiate the ‘black’ from others. Otherwise, the truth is that only a fully insane person would be racist towards someone of a different color ‘just because’. No, it is definitely not due to this only, but rather due to all the rest of the additional and important things that come along with the skin-color.
I think there is an important point for us as Muslims in this discussion as well, since most people will attack Islam and Muslims while not understanding the deeper principles and suppositions of Islam, and often being ignorant about their non-understanding. This includes cultures, rites, customs, and an overarching outlook we have to be seriously willing to defend rather than being passive about it – and this is the connection from my point of view between the struggle against racism and the struggle against the enemies of Islam.
Whether one shows off by trying to portray himself higher or lower than what Allah has placed him, both are in fact physical articulations of saying the individual is displeased with Allah and of where Allah has placed him in this world in terms of money, status, etc. There are Ahadeeth condemning both extremes.
Generally, people raise buildings and set up foundations (be they physical or abstract) in order to extol their own virtues or the virtues of their tribe/nation. The Muslim, though, is told to resist this temptation, and to build everything for Allah alone.
People are by their nature not rational robots, rather they have ‘irrational’ tendencies that cannot be denied. This is why ‘human sciences’ are in fact not scientific in the normative sense of the word.
One issue when considering the relationship of Muslims with the world is that it often requires a multifaceted approach. For example, the supporter of secular nationalism might see insurgencies in Muslim-majority lands and deduce that Muslims must really be wild-eyed fanatics; importantly, external and internal policy would be decided on this basis.
But a more appropriate way to look at the issue is to notice that without the presence of weapons that could only have been manufactured through the ‘genius’ of Western secular-based science (mostly in the service of secular nationalism in the first place) said insurgencies could not have had the form and character observed. Not only this, but often the formal armies in Muslim-majority lands are also modeled on secular-based blueprints and have more advanced versions of the weapons available with insurgents/rebels.