The jihad industry and the Muslim Identity Crisis

Source: Dawn

This is the fourth and final part of a series on the Muslim identity crisis. Find part one here, part two here and part three here.

The Muslim crisis of identity is linked to their inability to redefine themselves in today’s world. Most Muslim nations lack both political and economic stability. Oil-rich Arab nations have economic stability — thanks to oil revenues — but are autocracies. Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia, however, are steadily moving towards both economic and political stability but have not yet reached the stage where they could serve as role models for others.

In the 20th century, Muslim nationalists tried to create Western nation states in countries that have not one but many nations with distinct ethnic, linguistic and cultural features. The socialists — in trying to create model social states — clashed with religious groups that hurt both.

Muslim radicals based their dreams of a pure and just Islamic society on people’s attachment to religion. But instead of delivering any of the goods they had promised, they led their followers to a path that pitched Islam against the rest of the world.

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  1. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is free of such a crisis for several reasons. The primary being that they believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. The Ahmadi Muslims find themselves at home in the global village with its several religions and ethnicities. The Messiah came in India 120 years ago to unite all religions and mankind by emphasizing religious freedom for everyone and the fact that the founders of all religions, Confucius, Buddha, Tao, Krishna, Ram, Moses and Jesus were prophets of God. He initiated renaissance of Islam in keeping with the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him. Read his last book, A Message of Peace, in this online library:

  2. Interesting article. One ‘side-effect’ (not the main topic, but nevertheless very important) is the challenge of unemployment, especially also ‘graduate’-unemployment. Much more effort needs to be put in solving this problem. As we can see that is not only a problem in the Muslim world, but increasingly in the rest of the world as well. I see insufficient efforts to discuss this aspect. Wonder why?

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