Islam is not a “religion”
The Meaning of Man
This World and the Hereafter
Islam, the Message
Development and Underdevelopment
Justice and Spirituality
Defamatory Campaigns against Islam
Modern man no longer wonders!
The “what” and the “why”
O Bewildered Man!
How have Muslims become disunited? How have Muslims lagged behind nations? That is a long question that needs an elaborate answer, which is not the subject of our talk. For a century or more, a host of Muslim thinkers have been emphatically asking this question to Muslims: “Why have Muslims become underdeveloped while other nations have become advanced?”
In my view, I believe that the question itself—as far as its content and its formulation are concerned—comprises a serious error of judgment, if not many. For people seldom mark pauses to think twice about the concepts and words they use. Let us come back again to rectify the concepts: development and underdevelopment.
Development and underdevelopment in our age are gauged with the balance of power, wealth, high technology, good governance according to the western standards of democracy, liberalism, freedom, human rights, and so on and so forth. So you are developed if you are identical, if your image is identical to what the western man thinks of development. This concept is too unfitting for us to comprehend Islam because it speaks only of this worldly life, of material development in this worldly life. As for Islam, it looks above all to man.