We recently witnessed the fall out of the , extreme, Salafi da’wah and then the Kabbani cult. These fall outs introduced the rise of “traditionalisms” and now, we can safety say, we are in the era of post-traditionalism. The Islamic movement too has been plagued by various diseases. The questions of pertinence that we must answer in this new century and in the context of globalization, secular society and more specifically after the fall out of various trends are:
1.) “what are we to do and how can we do it effectively?”
2.) “what are the short term goals that will realize the overall aim of our action plan ?”
It is clear we have no real direction as Muslims in the West -our state- is emotional and intellectual chaos. In addition to an orientation crisis we must add:
a.) the subtle and emerging problem between immigrants and indigenous Muslims.
b.) the expansion of a radical morally liberal discourse that is claiming the right of interpretation
c.) the re-appearance a hardline da’wah that can potentially incite violence if not foster destructive tendencies
d.) the increase of divorce and personal problems
e.) an increase in apostasy
With the rise of international crises and the downturn related to the global economy the question is are we ready to lead by building? Indeed, for there is no doubt, that these are trying times which need builders not destroyers?
How long will the INTERNET reflect the psychosis of an ailing people who lives with all needs met and in yet can not bypass mental stagnation and defective character (we treat each other illy)? We are seriously on the brink of collapse as a Muslim community in more than one way, if we continue down the road of disorientation, which seems to be the road most traveled, it is feared that we will miss the boat of revival. Although the Internet does not always represent the reality of life on the ground, it does represent various minds and tendencies at work; it is a mixed bag of those who corrupt knowingly and those who are ignorant of their actions but well intended.
The work of revival and reform, of Islamic Movement, in this phase is to teach and give (taleem wa’l irshad). We must wade through this valley of darkness and do the work of “FREE” people, freed of the shackles of bad habits, perverted thinking and dead hearts and ignorance. The reconstruction of the Ummah is before us as a task and obligation and will not take place if we are drowning in infighting and problems (international and local). We must continue to have clear goals (maqasid), a fiqh of priorities and institute gradual work along a tangible outline tied to a strategy for reform and revival which caters to every context we are in at the level of:
1.) the Individual, the Family Life, Community and Society (Muslims and Non-Muslims)
5.) the Law and Human Rights (Social Justice)
6.) the Media (Internet included)
The role of the Islamic movement at this juncture must be to stabilize the fall out of the economic and ideological disorientation present today,;work to aid society of its ills by working with people and their concern and issues. In the West the role of Islamic movement is social reform not to form an “Islamic state” or “Khilafa,” neither should we be taken by the trend to call for “hijra” nor “an offensive strategy of war to establish Islam.”
As builders and citizens in of pluralistic societies, our task is heavy and the road is long and wearisome. The deterioration of the rule of law in the West, threatens global instability as does the meltdown in the global economy (many will die from poverty and starvation and many will die from violence and war). As Muslims we should not contribute to the social breakdown taking root in the World; neither should we stand silent in the face of oppression ,but we must act effectively and responsibly initiating positive change in society and the World. What is demanded for the task of revival and reform is clarity of vision and purpose, clarity of a course of action, accountability and discipline (organization). This deficiency is causing disorientation in the Muslim community and the primary reason why Muslims are consumed by infighting and disengaged from their host communities. Frankly, great numbers of our people are disoriented and plagued by psychological traum; burdened by the economy of living and have had no time to understand what our role and purpose of Muslims in the West (as citizens). We must not fall prey to historical dynamics and Geo-politics. The Islamic movement is obligated to bypass constructively the current ideological conflicts on the ground between Muslims given that most of these conflicts are address in the our intellectual heritage while others are due to a deficiency in formation (tarbiyyah). “
Allah (swt) will not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.”