In The Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
DIALOGUE VERSUS CONFRONTATION – THE BEST CHOICE FOR UMMAH
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Muslim Ummah should and must have undertaken this exercise first before cursing and antagonizing the Christians, the Jews and the world of idolaters. If any where any Muslim community has resorted to confrontation or adopted the course of violent behavior with its adversaries, they are unquestionably wrong and have violated the clear injunctions of the Qur’an. That is the reason the gulf between the two parts of humanity: the Muslims and the non-Muslims, is gradually widening. Misgivings are rampant everywhere. Mutual trust no longer exists, generating only allegations and counter-allegations against each other. Justice, peace and security are the only victims of this mishap. Muslims who are even oppressed have no choice but to follow the directives of the Qur’an. They ignored it and, as such, they stand no where in the process of resolving either world affairs or their own. Those who excel in knowledge and technology are dominating and dictating their terms to those who “claim” to be obedient to their Creator and Sustainer. This is the logical consequence of neglecting the directives from the Lord of this cosmos to manage and keep the human society in balance.
The option of “confrontation” is not recommended by Allah and His Prophet (S). That is the last resort in the Shariah of Allah. It can be resorted only when all the means of dialogue, persuasion, personal approach and mutual friendly discussions are totally exhausted. No alternative is left and the adversaries are determined to wipe out the “truth”. In fact, Muslims have not done their job at all. They have not fulfilled the task of inviting others to the fold of Allah with love and wisdom and presented themselves as its model. Have they done their assignment of Da’ee Ilallah [one who calls the people to the fold of Allah] their die-hard enemies could be turned into their bosom friends as Qur’an ordains: “Good deeds and bad deeds are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one that is better, then lo! He, between whom and thee there was enmity, [will become] as though he was bosom friend”
[Verse 34 of Chapter Ham Mim Al-Sajda]
The Muslims have been ordained by Allah to treat the bad [evil] with good deeds and then categorically advises that: “Have patience, and you cannot have patience except by the help of Allah. Grieve not for them and be not in distress because of that they devise“. [Verse # 127 of Chapter Al-Nahal] Your job, the job of a Muslim, is: “To call the people unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortations” [Verse 125 of Chapter Al-Nahal] in a continuous process. In recent human history, Muslim Ummah could not do this job anywhere in Asia, Europe, Africa and America in a planned, organized, determined and progressive manner except a few sporadic instances here and there, There is a big backlash and the Muslim Ummah is harvesting its evil effects in the shape of opposition to Islam and Muslims in every nook and corner of the world. They are treated like “militants”, terrorists and “Jihadist”. This is our creation and we should not blame anyone for the repercussions of our failure in the field of Dawah Ilallah at each level - local, national and international.
However, in the midst of these
adverse realities of our own negligence there are certain other factors that
have poisoned our relations with the West at an accelerated pace. But it is the
creation of Western colonial powers and they are not prepared to accept their
past blunders and ready to correct the situation even to this day. While
leaving behind their respective “colonies”, they “intentionally” created issues
and left the fate of some territories or land unresolved.
Undertaking Islam, as the West is
behaving, in the context of the foregoing situation will be disastrous and
would tantamount to “evasive” tactics to leave the world as it is in turmoil.
The time has come that the
Equally, Muslims must try to “detach”
Islam from the burning and bleeding issues and present it unemotionally as the
need of man. If world is able to understand and accept Islam as a way of life,
there is every possibility that it would realize its “blunders” of the past,
separate Islam from the geopolitical situation of the Muslim world and help in getting
the outstanding issues resolved in the best interest of the world peace and order.
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Shamim A Siddiqi