Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Inevitable Chalipate

One way to 'soften' - now a program like this better known as deradicalisation - Islamic leaders in Indonesia is to invite them to visit a number of Western countries, especially the US. By looking directly at the physical, social and economic conditions there, it is hoped that they will understand more about "beauty, order and prosperity" that can be achieved by Western countries which are often labeled as secular. That is, even without Islam, all goodness and progress can be achieved. So why should you insist on fighting for Islam as the basis of the country?
It might sound funny, is it just by visiting for a moment can people change? But, that's the fact. Already hundreds, maybe even thousands of pesantren leaders, leaders of Islamic organizations, as well as leaders of Islamic youth who participated in this program. Some time ago I told a young figure from a mass organization that had many Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia, that he and dozens of other Islamic youths had just been invited to travel to the US. Among them visited Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York and Washington; including visiting the White House and the Capitol Building. Back in the 70s, Nurcholis Madjid was a young man who had been invited to tour the United States for 3 months.
Did the program work? I do not know for sure. What is clear, is now no longer heard the critical tone of the youth organizations against the US. We may also hear the phrase more often, "Western countries are more Islamic than Muslim countries." Nurcholis Madjid which at that time was nicknamed Natsir Muda, after returning from the US became softer, even later it was known as a figure who brought the flow of liberalization of Islam in Indonesia.
However, if this logic is correct, millions of young Muslims who now live in Western countries should also be secularized. In fact it's not always. Instead of being secularized, they rose and became more convinced by the truth of Islam. Among them is a special figure: Reza Pankrust.
Reza was born in 1976 in Bristol, England. He was raised in a secular household. His Iranian mother remarried a non-Muslim British man. Not surprisingly, his childhood was spent without religious guidance. When he was 15 years old, Reza converted to Islam, but he did not really understand what Islam is. He also felt happy with his Western lifestyle.
His meeting with Hizb ut-Tahrir on the campus where he attended changed everything. He became truly convinced of the truth of Islam. He abandoned his Western lifestyle and bound himself to halal-haram. He even finally joined the Hizb ut-Tahrir. In contrast to other Islamic movements, he sees Hizb ut-Tahrir focusing on key issues to restore Islamic life to the institution of the Caliphate. He believes that the Khilafah is an obligation on the people ordered by Allah and His Messenger. That is not doctrinal belief, but an intellectual belief. He then proved it through his Ph.D. dissertation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (popularly known as the London School of Economics / LSE) which he had just completed.
I last met him in Kyoto, Japan, in March last year when jointly speaking at the International Workshop on Islamic World and Globalization, Beyond the Nation State the Rise of New Caliphate organized by Cismor - Doshisha University. Through email he informed me that his dissertation had been published into a book called The Inevitable Caliphate? A History of the Struggle for Global Islamic Union, 1924 to the Present.
According to the title, this book is a combination of historical-descriptive interpretations of the Khilafah conception of various points of view and according to various sources. The book also contains the history of struggles or attempts to make it happen again by various Islamic groups since the early days after the abolition of the official Ottoman Ottoman Empire in 1924 until now. With the ability to master the Arabic language of Reza that is quite good, making this book very rich in both good and classic terms.
Starting from the period of the official abolition of the Caliphate, this book examines the ideas and discourses of various Islamic figures such as Rashid Ridha, Ali Abdul Raziq, Hasan al-Banna, Taqiyuddin an-Nabhani, Sayyid Qutb, Abul Ala al-Maududi, Usamah bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam ; and Islamic groups, including Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida and al-Murabitun — their similarities and differences in understanding the Khilafah idea, its status in Islamic theology, and how it can be applied in contemporary reality towards the unity of the ummah (unity global community).
Thus the genials of this book were written, making Professor James Piscatori, Head of the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, praise the book Reza as having "provided the most reliable guidance on Islamic political ideas and how Islamic movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir and al-Qaida make it ... "
According to him, this book provides a study of modern thinking about the Khilafah. This book is an important and innovative reading for anyone who wants to understand the Caliphate and what this struggle means for Muslims. This book is also said to have succeeded in providing a unique and provocative understanding of political Islam, the road to the rise of Islam in this century and about how the ideas of the fading Caliphate have now reappeared.
Professor John T. Sidel, from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) called this book successful in explaining how the idea of ​​khilafah was able to encourage Islamic scholars and activists. Therefore, according to him, "the people must make sure to read this very enlightening and instructive book ..."
SubhanalLah wa astaghfirulLah ... SubhanalLah for the success of Reza writing a book about the Khilafah and trying to re-establish it very well. With a review of a class of dissertations from a leading tertiary institution in England, it will inevitably make this book an important reference about the Khilafah.
AstaghfirulLah for young people, as well as Muslim leaders in Indonesia, which although it has been so clearly explained in various books - including from Ph.D Reza Pankrust's dissertation - still doubt the Khilafah system and its struggle. Moreover, there are a handful of young Islamic children, as well as community leaders, who have only recently been invited to visit Western countries and have faded away from Islam. On the contrary, Reza and thousands of young Islamic children born and raised in Western countries are currently working to re-establish the Muslim izzul through the Islamic Khilafah. They know very well that the sparkle of the Western world (if I may be called that), which often deceives some Muslims in Indonesia, is merely a physical side. Behind it all actually contained a very fragile base of material civilization, which would bring damage to anyone. Therefore, for Reza and thousands of young Islamic children in the West in particular, the future of the glory of human civilization lies only in Islam, with its sharia under the auspices of the Caliphate. For them, the re-establishment of the Caliphate is an inevitable certainty; just like the title of the book The Inevitable Caliphate

Muhammad Ismail Yusanto

IWD/The Truth Seeker Media

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