Sunday, August 7, 2011

Worshiping the Past

“This is a people that have passed away; they shall have what they earned and you shall have what you earn, and you shall not be called upon to answer for what they did” {Quran, 2:134}.  God in the previous verse instructs us to focus on the here and now rather than the past.  He informs us in this verse that all we reap as Muslims as what we do for the present rather than weep for the past.  Yet when we visit Some Muslim communities, its public will focus primarily on the achievements of their forefathers.

When considering the backward communities, you will notice that the majority are living in the past, clinging to old tales of Heroism and progress while the rest of the world is developing and progressing.  If we look at the example of the US, a nation that is around 235 years old, we can see how this nation has developed, especially during the past century.  Maybe this was a direct result of the US not having any past history that it allowed it encouraged it to register itself in the modern history books and establish itself as a world leader.   In contrast, let us consider the situation of the nations of the Middle East.  This region has developed all sciences during the dark ages of Europe and it is truly proud of that achievement.  However, that pride did not allow the region  to sustain their scientific development and social growth.  For over a century the Middle East has been living in its dark ages while the west has been developing the sciences that the East has provided.

Looking at the Muslim Community, we have fine examples of those that have aimed to compete in the modern world, the samples of Malaysia aiming to be an industry giant, Dubai being the Middle East’s commercial hub and recently Turkey evolving their social system to compete with that of the West.  And we have examples of Nations that have been incapable of neither producing nor competing as a result of their grip on the past, to differences resulting from different interpretations of historical events.   A hold and grip on past events that has blinded them from their current situation.

At the end of the day, we as a community need to be competing at a global level to show our respect for our Islamic heritage.  We have all heard stories of old.  Stories of past success stories where the Islamic world was dominating the world through science, discovery and trade.  I guess that feels like a dream to me when considering the current situation of the vast Islamic community.


  1. Nice article cousin. I think advancing as a nation requires a lot of sacrifices and requires putting the right person in the right position. And this is something that I'm not seeing happening in our countries and will be surprised if it happened. We can all hope for the best in future and try to do something, maybe one day things will change. :)

  2. Thanks Cousin,
    I completely agree, but first we need to set our priorities of which it seems it is still jumping from issue to issue