I refer to AMUST issue 133 November 2016 editorial “Muslims suffering from internal division and external aggression”.
Editorial of a high quality newspaper must not always be the frank and straight personal opinion of the editor to be published for the readers to digest as an ‘oracle’.
Editorials should be bold enough to express harsh criticism upon one’s own community in order to gauge the opinions of the readers to the extent that they express their feeling or true opinions in favour or in opposition to the ‘gospel’ of the editorial.
This particular editorial was to get the readers of AMUST to ponder over matters of governance in the Muslim countries.
This editorial was a bold confession of one’s own community getting indulged in naked blunders and failures in governance.
It declares apparently how Muslims have failed in their administration of governance of their countries due to quarrels and conflicts amongst their own selves.
Generally, Muslims may get upset that instead of condemning others for external aggression upon Muslims, the editor has exposed our own blunders to encourage Islamophobia amongst non-Muslims.
But Muslims who ponder should think about the charges against themselves without worrying about washing their own linen in the public.
I present the following for genuine considerations:
- Islam is not just a religion to know and a set of do’s and don’ts according to the faith based dogmas only. Just like the liberal world view, Islam is also a divinely-ordained world view to think, believe and act upon what a person interprets as the right thing to do.
- Islam clearly directs the relations between the self and other creatures and the supreme One God. All humans have a free will. They can individually and socially think for themselves to decide how best to perform with full conviction and with honest dealings.
- Islam does not differentiate between secular and religious. All affairs may become secular or religious depending upon their practice in the society.
- The Muslim countries mentioned in the editorial are not more than 25% of the total Muslim population living in other areas of the world.
- All the political governance of the those mentioned Muslim countries, in the editorial, are influenced by Western hegemony
- The whole world is controlled by the Western governance which also dominates the contemporary Muslim societies. Muslims are generally influenced by the political governance of the West. Same tactics and strategies are copied and followed by the Muslim countries as well.
- The political governance of Ideal Islam was hardly for the first 39 years during the four rightly guided companions of the Prophet as the four Caliphs. After this period the socio-political atmosphere of the Muslim countries changed for the worse except some exceptions.
- Muslims can be divided into two distinct types: Muslims by birth, born in a Muslim family and Muslims who embraced by Islam through their own thinking and full conviction. So naturally the products of these two big groups of Muslims must be different specially in their contribution to social-political governance.
AMUST columnists and readers should analyse the current state of affairs of the Muslim world and present solutions to problems in the present tragic situation.