Islam came into this world and set humanity free from all bondage. And Islam set females free from ages of oppression and granted females rights equal to males. This particular Aayat of the Qur’an sealed that issue for good:
Wa Lahunna Mithlulladhee Alaihinna!
“There is complete reciprocity and parallelism in rights and obligations among men and women.”
In all of human history, a more revolutionary statement was never made. And it could not have been. For, this particular statement was made not by any human being living in this world, but by the creator of the world himself: God the Almighty!
The Maker and Master of the World!
And while not abolishing slavery on paper definitively, the way it abolished Interest in Financial Dealings, and the Eating of Pork, and the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages, and Female Infanticide, Islam nevertheless fostered a mindset among Muslims, and created a general social and cultural environment, in which many Muslim Slaves ended up becoming rulers and kings of the Muslim World.
Not that being or having a king is a good thing in itself according to Islam. And much of the world – practically every culture, civilization, society and people everywhere – have abolished Absolute Rule by Hereditary Monarchs since World Wars I & II.
But Muslims, nevertheless, have, right at this moment, while nobody else in the world does, an abundance of Absolute Hereditary Monarchs and Potentates ruling them, and controlling and managing them, and selling Muslim wealth and lands and interests to their own masters and mentors among Former and Present Colonizers of the World. In addition to throwing it all into the equation to fuel a Corrupt and Profligate Way of Life for themselves and their minions.
And not one Muslim talks about it – or makes it an issue, while all kinds of Muslims hold all kinds of Meetings, Conferences and Conventions in all kinds of places on all kinds of topics: To further fool the Muslims and plunder their wealth and squander their resources.
Is it a wonder then that these incalculably wealthy and unconditionally absolute hereditary Monarchs and Potentates and Tyrants and Dictators in the Muslim World, and their religious and secular henchmen and hirelings, make sure that Muslims of the world remain among the most backward, ignorant and underdeveloped people in the whole wide world?
And the Qur’an, while reassuring the Believers that they are on the right path, constantly urges them to Fear God in Heaven and to Serve God’s Creation on Earth.
At the same time, Islam – the Qur’an that is – also puts the Muslims through an unparalleled Regime of Prayer, Fasting, Giving and Pilgrimage that makes their souls and bodies both bend to the Love and Fear of God on the one hand, and to the Service of God’s Creation, on the other hand.
That is how and that is why the early generations of Islam, under the guidance and stewardship of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, emerged as Lions on Horseback During the Day and as Monks and Mendicants During the Night.
That was a very different Model of Exceptionalism.
It was built on the belief that as those who consciously and rationally accepted God Almighty as One, and Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as their Leader and Guide, and the Qur’an as their Constitution and Manual of Life on Earth, they were crushed under the Twin Load of Responsibility they felt rested on their shoulders:
(a) Love and Fear God in Heaven.
(b) Service to All Humanity – and to All of God’s Creation – Right here on Earth.
As a result, they ate little during the day, and slept even less during the night.
And they dedicated every moment of their life, and every ounce of their energy and resources, to the Mission of Establishing on God’s Earth a Universal Culture of Human Dignity, Liberty and Equality, on the one hand, and in Building a Moral and Perfect Society of Justice, Peace and Plenty for All, on the other hand.
And they did all this by embracing the simple goal of Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It – and Which One Does Not?
As a result, much of what is good in the world today is the consequence of those amazing First Generation and Second Generation Muslims having passed through our history and having had a presence on our earth when they did.
As the Qur’an says:
Radiyallahu Anhum wa Radoo Anhu.
“May God Almighty Be Pleased with Them!
For, they were well pleased with him!”