On the 28th of Rajab 1342 AH, corresponding to the 3rd March 1924 CE, the Caliphate was destroyed at the hands of the colonial powers with the assistance of collaborators such as Mustafa Kemal. This week on the 28th of Rajab (30thJune), the Ummah will mark the 90th anniversary (according to Islamic calendar) of the fall of the Khilafah. Since the abolishment of the Caliphate in 1342/1924, the Ummah has witnessed a succession of despotic rulers whose sole concern has been to please their Western masters. These dictators, the Assad’s, Mubarak’s, and Musharraf’s of this Ummah, are eagerly financed, armed, and supported by the parliaments of North America and Europe to ensure that this Ummah remains under the heel of Western colonialism and imperialism. Furthermore, only after the fall of the Khilafah did the West plot to implant “a foreign body”, namely Israel, into the Muslim lands. In this era where the Ummah is in state of subjugation and poverty, sincere members of this Ummah have attempted to identify the root causes of the problem.
Some may say the Ummah lacks resources and economic power. However, these aren’t the root causes of the problem; rather they are only symptoms of the larger problem. From a resources perspective, we are well aware that approximately 60% of the world’s energy resources reside in the Muslim lands. Furthermore, if we analyze Pakistan, we find that it possesses land area of both France and Britain combined. Pakistan also has the 6th largest population in the world: larger than the combined populations of Russia, Britain and France. The Islamic Lands together contain more than 18 times more oil than the Western countries. Furthermore, uniting the armies of Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco would gather over 3 million soldiers – more than 20 times larger than the American forces in Iraq.
As a result, the resources (i.e. wealth of people, minerals, and land mass) are squarely located in the Muslim world. One may ask if there is an abundance of resources then why we find the Ummah in economic difficulty. The economic problems are linked to the systems of democracy and dictatorship, both of which have the same fundamental weakness i.e. Law Making resides in hands of few people who make laws to fulfill their desires and whims, rather than to benefit masses. Islam has given us a full fledge Shariah which has laws for economic system, social system, educational system, ruling system, judiciary and foreign policy. The only rescue for Muslim Ummah-including Pakistan- is to implement these systems which have been given to us from Allah (SWT), who is the all knower.
Allah (SWT) has given us a system in which there is no GST, energy and water resources cannot be privatized, land can’t be left useless for a period of 3 years, loans are given without interest, patent and copyrights are not allowed, Muslim lands cannot be invaded by west and many more. These laws have been implemented for 1300 years, though there was weakness in Caliphate state after 18th century which led to its destruction in 1924 CE. We must realize that the only way of rescue for Muslims is to re establish the Caliphate and rule by laws of Allah (SWT)
BY: Mahwish Hassaan,