The Ummah's Heartbeat
By Sharique Naeem
ccun.org, February 12, 2009
As the Gaza issue slowly begins to sidestep from the headlines,
one can’t stop to contemplate over the tragedy that has struck the Ummah.
There are some fundamental lessons to be learned from the massacre in
Seeing on our TV sets, the catastrophe unleashed by Israel
on Palestinians, most of us, have undoubtedly felt common sentiments. We
all felt angered by the atrocities being committed and felt the urge to
take immediate actions to help those suffering.
However, if we
are to look back, this is not the first time Muslims have shared these
sentiments. Our sentiments were alike, when Afghanistan was being
bombed, when Iraq was being invaded, and when Lebanon was being torched.
In fact it is not the first time that the sufferings in Palestine have
sent shivers across the Muslim world.
Whenever such incidents
occurs, we find that Muslims realize their personal obligation towards
helping their brothers in distress, and this often translates into many
types of actions. For example, appeals are made to United Nations,
marches are done to express solidarity, and calls for boycotts are made
with full vigor. Unfortunately, as days roll by, a usual decline in this
eagerness is witnessed.
It is of utmost significance, therefore,
that Muslims direct their efforts towards a path that provides a
permanent solution to the issue. Otherwise, sincere efforts, if
directed towards a path that gives no lasting solution, will serve as
mere channels for releasing the pressure of Muslims, and are likely to
end up being wasted.
Before we dwell into the solution, it becomes
imperative, that we identify the problem, and subsequently the barriers
that prevent the solution.
The Ummah today is blessed, with
abundant natural resources, oil, natural gas, gold and uranium etc.
Its geography covers many of the world’s strategic locations. In terms
of numbers its strength is self evident. And collective emotions
resonate throughout the Ummah, on all issues that have Islamic
significance, be it the Caricatures, or the Gaza crises. Moreover, there
is an abundance of self-less men, who dedicate their lives for the
betterment of others, and propagation of Islam. Furthermore, it has the
military might, which has the potential to face any other power in the
In short we must realize that the problem is not lack of
resources, or technology, nor is the problems within individuals at
large in the Ummah.
Coming back to the issue of Gaza, we
witnessed, that while Israel unleashed it reign of terror on civilians,
Egypt’s ruler ordered ceiling of the borders, preventing even medical
aid to cross through. All this while, Egypt’s army, as well as the
armies of the rest of the Muslim world were kept stationed in their
barracks by the Muslim rulers. A stark contrast indeed to the fact that
these same rulers eagerly send troops - under the umbrella of UN - to
serve the interests of western imperial powers in Congo or elsewhere.
So, what prevents the liberation of oppressed Muslims in occupied
lands, is the present status quo(fortified by UN) which keeps the Ummah
divided into petty nation states, and the present rulers, who blatantly
and shamelessly side with the oppressors.
The lasting solution is
none other than the re-establishment of Khilafah, in one of the Muslim
lands, which will implement the systems of Islam, and subsequently seek
to unify Muslim lands, and mobilize the Muslim armies to protect the
The barriers to this solution are explicitly:
nationalism, the present capitalist system, and the current rulers.
Therefore our efforts should be directed towards the removal of these
barriers, and side by side presenting the correct solution. This needs
to be done by peacefully engaging in an intellectual and political
struggle in order to generate public opinion for the necessity of such a
state, and to seek the ‘Nusrah’ of those with capability of directing
change, to step forward from their barracks and fulfill the obligation
of implementing Islam that Muslims owe to Allah(swt).
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