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Getting Beyond "Private" Islam
[compiled from "Priorities of the Islamic Movement" by Shaykh Yusuf
We often hear about the "Islamic movement". But most of us are either unaware of what it is, what it refers to, and what it consists of or have a distorted idea of its form and function. It often stems from a limited understanding of the all-encompassing and comprehensive teachings of our Deen covering every aspect of our life - about home and work, business and leisure, individual and family, spirituality and activism, local community and global Ummah - and realizing that there are no contradictions between any of them. Islam penetrates and guides every sphere of our "wordly" life as it does our afterlife. Hence ...
- The Islamic movement is organized and collective work that is undertaken by the people, to restore Islam to the leadership of society and to the helm of life..
- Before being anything else, the Islamic Movement is work - persistent, industrious work, not just words to be said, speeches and lectures to be delivered, or books and articles to be written. All of these are indeed required but they are merely parts of a movement, and not the movement itself. Allah the Almighty says:
"Work! Allah will see your deeds, and so will His Messenger and the
- The Islamic movement is a work performed by the masses based mainly on self motivation and personal conviction. It is work performed out of faith and for nothing other than the sake of
Allah, with the hope of being rewarded by Him and not by people.
- The core of this self motivation is the unrest and tension that a Muslim feels inside himself when he becomes conscious of the Islamic awakening. He feels a turmoil deep inside him resulting from the contradiction between his faith on the one hand and the reality of the state of the Ummah on the
- Upon this realization he launches himself into action, driven by his love for his
Deen, his faith in Allah and His Messenger, his faith in the Qur'an and the Muslim Ummah, his realization of his own weakness as well as those around him, and his keenness in fulfilling his duties and contributing to the revival of the neglected fara'idh which include obligations such as implementing the Shari'ah of Allah, unifying the Muslim Ummah, supporting the friends of Allah and fighting the enemies of Allah, liberating Muslim lands from all aggression and non-Muslim control, re-establishing the khilafah, renewing the obligation of da'wah, enjoining the ma'ruf (good) and forbidding the munkar (evil), and fulfilling the obligation of jihad, whether by action, word or the heart (the latter being the weakest level of iman). He strives for all this so that the Word of Allah is the Supreme Authority in all spheres of life.
[compiled from "Priorities of the Islamic Movement" by Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, p.25]