The occasion of the third anniversary of the passing of Imam Abdessalam Yassine, may God have mercy on his soul, is an opportunity to revisit his legacy as a scholar, educator, intellectual and a political theorist. He devoted his entire life to devising a theory based on the Prophetic method to assimilate different human issues; educational, scientific, cultural, political, economic, and the like. His theory aims at awakening the human being to brave the obstacle towards knowing God and drawing closer to Him. Imam Yassine’s theory is also meant to aid human beings to wisely change themselves and take interest in the issues of their community with a view to building their own example of civilization.
The third anniversary comes while a wind of change is shaking the Arabo-Islamic world raising again the big fundamental questions of nation building which were meant to fall into oblivion. Peoples have taken to the streets to clearly voice their demands. Some of them have managed to topple deeply-rooted despotic regimes and are now in the process of reconstruction. Others, however, are still groping for their own way towards liberation. In this context, the issue of the relationship between people and the elite is brought up anew. Are the elite actually active or retreating? Are they stimulating change or resisting it? Do they initiate dialog within themselves to serve the common good or are they torn apart?