By Taofiq AbdulAzeez
Islam, when limited to the last mission of Muhammad, is the catalyst that ignited the modern world and its civilization. The kufr world held mankind down to the lowest level of human debasement as the shirk ideology required the creation of gods(idols) for worship and subjugation of the vicegerents of Allaah to their material resources.
Instead of man exploiting material resources for his own good and using same for his advancement and advantage, man sought after the material resources as gods and so shaytan exploited this ignorance to tyrannise man in the name of the idols and kept him down in distress and corruption (Fasad).
The remnants of the Jewish and Christian dogmas in the name of religion and worship were not better as the respective priests in the entrapments had not only interpolated the books but have promoted the Prophets(Ezra and Jesus) to godhead and sons of God and through them, promoted themselves (the priests) into gods.
The worshippers of God were, therefore, barred from Him by shaytan through both revealed religions and the (then)expiring paganism.
The consequences of this situation include: prevalence of Fasad(Corruption) and constriction of human capacity to learn, know, grow and blossom. The world desperately needed liberation from the depressing tyranny of ignorance and blind religiosity that shaytan had used to chain mankind.
This is the situation the world was in when Allaah raised the Prophet of Islam with the Qur’an in the Month of Ramadhan. And this is the situation the Qur’an 30:41 describes thus:
“Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].”
When we take Islam as a living world view and eternal working manual and template for total reengineering reinventing and repositioning of the world, then it is the natural means of reconstructing the world after shaytan must have destroyed it and held mankind to ransom and demeaning slavery.
In this wise, Islam is the message preached from Nuh through Ibrahim and down to Muhammad and then over to the Muslims till the end of the world (Q2:143; 22:77-78).
The implications of these operational conceptions of Islam include the fact that Islam itself now needs reintroduction and rejuvenation if not rescue from the claws of its administrators (professional and patent) and priests (professional and others). It , also , means Muslims need to first fix and reset their lives with Islam and then rescue themselves from modern kufr in oder to rescue the world from satanic tyranny.
The golden issue here, is the paradox of methodology. What is needed to rescue Islam is Islam and the people who will rescue Muslims from non Islam (parading as Islam ) are the Muslims.
*Taofeeq Abdulaziz is a professor at the Department of English, University of Abuja, Nigeria.