Both Western Colonization, including British Colonialism, and Islamic Hijrat changed the world in all kinds of profound ways...
Do you know that one single human being is all it takes to change the world of Allah?
When I say "change," I mean to produce good, positive, noble, nice, sweet, wonderful change that will make life on earth better, not only for the human race as a whole, but also, at the same time, better for all of God's creation on earth, whether that creation consists of plant, animal or human life.
Examine the history of humanity on earth. You cannot fail to see that it was almost always individuals who appeared on world stage and spearheaded change in the world.
So, don't ever think you are one person, but a single individual, so what can you accomplish?
Don't forget, you are an individual human being. That is who you are.
You are someone whom God created in the finest mold:
Fee Ahsani Taqweem!
And you carry in yourself the might and majesty of the entire universe.
And you have behind you all the power and all the resources of God Almighty -- your maker and master.
Don't for one moment forget who you work for. You work for Rabbul 'Aalameen -- the master of all the worlds.
So, you can change the world, if only you would set your mind to it.
And if you would do what it takes to make it happen -- by systematically proceeding to acquire the following:
All the knowledge you need to know and understand Islam as well as the world;
All the skills and techniques you must possess for effective communication and persuasion;
All the resources that must be available to you to do your job well;
And all the support systems and coalitions that you must build in order to achieve your goals and purposes on earth.
When you do all this -- and do it all for no other reason than to please Almighty God, and not in the pursuit of your own personal goals and agendas, and you do it with your heart and mind filled with charity and love for all and with malice and hate toward none -- you will change the world for the better as surely as the sun fills the world with daylight and as the rain floods the earth with life-giving water.
And when the time comes for you to leave this world, the world would be a better place for your having passed through it.
And there is no other thing you could have done in your life that would have been more compelling, or more rewarding, or more consequential than this.
Muslim or not.
Educated or not.
Rich or poor.
Man or woman.
Get up and change the world.
There is too much ignorance, too much injustice, too much corruption, too much poverty, too much inequality, too much greed, too much exploitation, too much oppression, and too, too much lying and cheating and deceiving in the world today.
And altogether there is too much denial to too many human beings of some of their most basic human rights from political freedom to economic and social justice.
Some of the worst offenders in this regard are Muslims and Muslim societies.
So, get up and change all that. And make this world a better place for all.
For yourself and for everyone else.
That is Islam!
"Now, this is going to raise some eyebrows. I mean what I am about to say here. As if we have not raised eyebrows before by what we have had to say earlier.
In any case, if you are looking for Best Science, then, ab initio, or from the word go, Islam is your best hope.
I don’t mean Muslims make the best scientists. It would be unreal and quite possibly fanatical to make such a sweeping claim. Maybe the Brahmin Community in India has a much stronger Education Ethic than the Muslims anywhere have had in a long time.
What I am trying to say instead is that Islam will offer you the best science there is, if by science you mean a collection of robust truth-based models of reality in any aspect of life.
That means with regard to anything in this world, Islamic teachings are likely to be the best you possibly can find in the marketplace of science and ideas – scientifically speaking that is.
That is why the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) found it necessary to summarily steal – or should I say borrow, without so much as “By Your Leave” – the practice of hand-washing from Islam and Muslims. But after a great deal of research and after spending vast amounts of money.
But by then Islam had already made the method of hand-washing a household word in every Muslim home throughout the world by a millennium and a half and Johnny ASM was 1400 years late in coming to the water fountain from which the world of Islam washed it hands.
That is to say ASM’s reinventing of that wheel occurred after generation after unbroken generation of Muslims all over the world had been practicing hand-washing for all those 1400 years without a moment’s interruption or letup.
Whether or not ASM acknowledged its debt to Islam and Muslims is a question to which I do not know the answer. And whether any Muslim source ever demanded an answer or an explanation from ASM I have my doubts.
But the fact remains that you cannot improve upon the Islamic practice of Wudu as the most thorough and effective means of washing up and cleansing the often open human peripheries much exposed to the elements and a growing array of modern toxins, pathogens and pollutants.
What miracle could be more powerful than the fact that what an illiterate Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) from the Arabian sands had so freely given the world in the middle of the Seventh Century, a most highly educated body of men and women like the ASM had to go through the motions of re-inventing at the end of the 20th Century.
So, when it comes to body cleansing, the Islamic method of Wudu remains the gold standard. And you cannot do a thing to make it any better than the desert-dwelling Prophet of Arabia (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) made it fourteen centuries ago.
Nor can you, to cite another instance of how Islamic teachings are at the cutting edge of the best and the most functional in this world, improve upon the two-piece white-cotton-sheet-Ihram that Muslim men wear during annual Hajj pilgrimage to make it a better or more fascinating exemplar of human equality transcending all time and space. Again, that clock has not stopped ticking for 1400 years." (Dr. Pasha)
Related article: Continuity and Change in Islam
When God wants something to happen, he just says “Be!” and it happens.
That is the ultimate Rule by Decree.
It is Rule by Royal Fiat.
That is because God is King.
And that is because God is the Owner and the Master and the Maker of all things and beings.
But People must rule not through fiat or dictate or edict, but through consent.
They must rule by the Consent of the People.
People must run their affairs, from family and friendship networks, to government and society and business, using nothing but mutual consultation, debate, deliberation and discussion.
That is Islam.
In Islam, the only acceptable form of government is Government of the People by the People.
The current turmoil in the Middle East is not about jobs and bread. It is about the fight of the people of the Middle East for their basic humanity, liberty and dignity.
And Middle East will be free from its Colonial masters and their native stooges and proxies, when the people of the “Middle East” will rise up, as they are doing now, and will get rid of all their tyrants, military or hereditary or civil.
The Middle East will be free when its people are able to start their life over in a transparent, tranquil, peaceful and fair and democratic political structure with freedom, justice, equal rights and dignity for all.
And when, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, every Middle Eastern man, woman and child will reclaim their basic and “inalienable rights,” with which each and every single one of them is “endowed by their creator.”
But when we make ourselves blind to injustice and deaf to truth, and play dumb when we must speak out, then the world catches up with us and God’s justice takes its own course.
As someone said:
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
but then there was no one left to speak out for me.
We saw 80 million men, women and children of Egypt hurting under the heel of Tyranny for 30 long years. We did not speak out, even though our speech was given by God the power to change the world.
We heard their screams of pain under 30 years of military, emergency and police dictatorship of the most brutal kind, and we did not speak out, even though our speaking out would have put an end to the suffering of these forgotten millions.
Or at least made a dent in it.
We knew of the torture chambers of Egypt, and Tunisia, and Morocco, and Algeria – and a whole range of other places – and we decided no one will notice.
And we went to our churches and mosques and synagogues and temples and tried to pull wool over God’s eyes through mumbo jumbo we thought were our prayers.
Men and women of Egypt!
Innocent tiny little tots of Egypt!
Young and old youth of Egypt!
Muslims and Christians of Egypt!
Congratulations to you all!
And may God shower you all with his love and grace!
And he has done so already, indeed. For, you are the blessed of our time!
And what you have done will bless our world.
For, you laid your lives on the line, so the world can breathe a whiff of liberty and sip a taste of justice in these perverse times dominated by Injustice and marked by Tyranny.
“Islam wants to give everyone a fair chance. It wants to level the playing field.
That is why Islam wants us to focus, not so much on people’s race, gender or age, which they cannot change; or even on their nationality or social status, which are also mostly inherited; but rather on their belief and their behavior, which most people should be able to analyze, understand and modify if they tried.” (Dr. Pasha)
“Who says you can’t change the world? You are doing it, aren’t you? Just by the way you are living your life?” (Dr. Pasha)