Islamic Dawah in a Changing World
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we live in is changing from day to day.
The Soviet empire has crumbled. The US
to reduce the scope of its military dominance of various regions of the
wall has been demolished by the very people who built it. The Cold War has come to
end. The superpowers have put their guns
down, admitting that warfare is no solution to
thinkers have coined a new term -- `endism", which means that all `isms", all
all systems, have exhausted their credibility as modern man"s ideal.
generally see these changes as going against them, as danger, in fact, to
thinking, as I see it, is quite wrong and is no doubt against the teachings of
say: with every difficulty there is relief (94:6). This means that difficulty and
inevitably coexist. They have been
that modern changes have brought problem in their wake for Muslims, but these
have also created new opportunities. And
fortunately the opportunities far exceed
look at that matter from this angle we find many positive and hopeful aspects
situation, for although the modern world is witnessing great changes, those
mostly in favor of Islam. This is the
most important aspect of our new world.
many examples which clearly indicate that the present changes greatly favor
Islam. Here, we shall give just two examples, the
one, theoretical, and the other practical,
should suffice to make the point.
beginning of the present century, a British scientist once gave a public
astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the
sun and the sun, in turn, orbits
center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little
at the back of the room got up and said: What you have told is rubbish. The world
a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise. The scientist gave a superior
before countering with "What is the tortoise standing on?" " You"re very clever,
very clever," said the old lady, "but it"s turtles all the way
picture of our world as an infinite tower of tortoises was seen by the
ridiculous. But the alternatives presented by them were
also a kind of infinite tower with the
that the tortoises were replaced by causes.
The scientists" assumption was that
always a cause behind every event, and so on.
Thus the chain of causes is infinite
the theory of the big bang. With this,
the theory of an "infinite tower of causes"
validity, as this theory suggested that a sudden explosion had marked the
universe rather than an infinitely continuing process of causes and
Hawking, a well-known scientist of modern times, has calculated the rate of the
of the universe after the big bang.
Providing details of this calculation, he writes:
rate of expansion would have had to be chosen very precisely for the rate of
still to be so close to the critical rate needed to avoid recollapse. This means
initial state of the universe must have been very carefully chosen indeed if
model was correct right back to the beginning of time. It would be very difficult
why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God
intended to create beings like us" (p.134).
that the scientific study of the universe has strengthened religious belief
weaken it. Such discoveries have opened
up opportunities for performing Islamic
with far greater effectiveness.
the practical aspect of the changes. Here
also we find clear indications that the
changes are only paving the way for Islamic d"awah on an unprecedented
Let us see
for instance, what is happening in the socialist world. In one of his writings, Karl
said that religion was the opiate of the masses. But today, the socialist Russians
themselves saying that Marxism itself was the worst kind of opiate for the mind
Just a few
years ago, it was well-nigh unthinkable to carry a copy of the Quran inside the
Union. But, today, Aeroflot has been
engaged to airlift one million copies of the
Jeddah to Moscow.
March 1990 issue, Time magazine gave detailed report on the religious position
It said: "Some 55 million Soviet Muslims enjoy the fruits of new
tolerance." The strange but meaningful title of this
report was "Karl Marx makes room for
I do not
feel the need to go into further details.
I should only like to say that the present
taking place in the world today have opened up for us great new scope for
d"awah. But we must remain very alert in order not to
miss these opportunities.
foregoing arguments suffice to show that the changes taking place in the
opened up new vistas to Islamic d"awah.
These changes have made it possible for
be presented more forcefully and effectively to the world. The most important task
us is to have a thorough understanding of these changes and then to avail of
organized and disciplined way.
propose for this the formation of a committee of scholars who would be
into the matter in depth, and then carving out a well-planned scheme. All
resources should be utilized towards this end.
undoubtedly a historic task. History
awaits the advance of certain dedicated
towards this goal so that it can give them resounding credit for having spread
Islam to mankind in this modern age.
Those who can prove themselves worthy
historic credit will be the most fortunate of men.