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Muslim ummah and contemporary challenges (december 29,2011)


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Muslim ummah and contemporary challenges (december 29,2011)

  1. 1. Muslim Ummah and Contemporary Challenges Prof Dr. Anis Ahmad *Prof. Ahmad is meritorious Professor and Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University, Islamabad. He is also Editor of Quarterly Journal West & Islam, Islamabad. He can be contacted at [email_address] and [email_address]
  2. 2. 1. The Ummah in Quran and Sunnah <ul><li>Emergence of Ummah : du’a of Syedina Ibrahim and Syedina Isma’il alayhemassalatwa assalam: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our Lord. Make us Muslims to you, and make out of our decedents a community ( ummah ) that submits itself to you, and show us the ways of your worship and turn to us in mercy. You are the off-returning, Most-Merciful. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Lord send amongst them a messenger of their own who shall reherse your ayat (signs) to them and instruct them in the Book and Wisdom and sametify them, for you are the Exalted in Might, the Wise. </li></ul><ul><li>(al-Baqarah 2:128-129) </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. The Ummah of the middle path and witness to mankind: <ul><li>“ And it is then that We appointed you to be the community of the middle way ( ummatan wasatan ) so that you might be witness to all mankind and the messenger might be a witness to you” </li></ul><ul><li>(al-Baqarah 2:143) </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. Best Ummah <ul><li>“ You are now the best ummah brought forth for mankind. You enjoin what is right (ma’ruf) and forbid what is wrong ( munkar ) and believe in Allah” </li></ul><ul><li>(al’Imran 3:110) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. Does this ummah exist today?
  6. 6. 4.1 Does this ummah exist today?
  7. 7. 5. Contemporary Challenges Marginalization of family values Globalization of economy, education and cultures Unipolarism and neo-colonialism in the name of globalization, modernization and westernization
  8. 8. 5.1 Media War against Islam and the Muslims <ul><li>“ The underlying problem for the West is not islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of superiority of their culture and are obsessed with inferiority of their power” </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilization and </li></ul><ul><li>the remaking of World Order, P217, 1997. </li></ul><ul><li>Distortion of the basic Islamic teachings, separation between Din & dunya secularism, individualization, ethical relativism. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6. The current perception of the ummah
  10. 10. 7. Strength of the Ummah
  11. 11. 8. Our Role
  12. 12. 9. Our Strategy
  13. 13. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Seeking Allah’s support by following Him and His final Prophet’s commands, teachings and directions </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Wamataufiqi-illa-bi-Allah </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Shukran </li></ul><ul><li>December 29, 2011 </li></ul>