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  |      |      |   The Message of Islam:

 Nation building is all about National development. It connotes, among other conceptions, the process of political stability based on the platform of respect for the rule of law, justice, and equality of all citizens before the law. This is what Islam preaches; Allah says in the Glorious Qur’an (translated as): “Verily, the best among you in the sight of Allah is the most pious of you”.


The Prophet (PBUH) confirmed this by saying:

“There is no distinction between an Arab and a non-Arab except by piety”.

In so many teachings and ahadith of the prophet (PBUH) he commanded the Muslims to be of the best in all they do. They are expected to be very hardworking, self discipline, employers instead of being employees, be of useful services to others instead of being liabilities and so on and so forth. This is what Islam calls for and based on the outcome of all these features, the growth of a nation is seen and graded.


In other words, it comprises the process of sustainable economic growth usually reflected in what is currently known as Gross Domestic Product, per Capital Income (GDP) used in ranking the economic progress of a nation often released by the World Bank. All lawful economic rules and regulations must be strictly adhered to and complied with, while authorities in charge must seek to enforce the law of trade and commerce without fear or favour. There should be no room for corruption, embezzlement, fraud, cheating and all such vices that may hinder the growth of business and economy of the nation. Allah rebuked people who engage in such practices in several verses of the Qur’an such as Surah Mutaffifeen, (Q83 v 1- 4):

“Woe to those who give less [than due] who, when they take a measure from people, they take in full. But if they give the measure, or by weight to them, they cause loss [to them] Do they not think that they will be resurrected?”


It is equally applicable to labour and labour laws. The productive capacity of labour to increase output of goods and services on one hand, and a living wage with befitting condition of service for the work-force on the other hand, should serve as a prerequisite to improved standard of living of the masses in general.


Therefore, no nation can be said to be developed except if it enjoys remarkable calm, security, harmony and tranquility. A good number of its citizen must be economically buoyant, socially amiable and culturally aware and exposed. They must enjoy a sound education, a good political system, a good government and a very high standard of living. A developed nation will have very minimal cases of poverty, ignorance, diseases, accidents, and corruption. All these Islam had put forward ways to achieve and thus teaches the Muslims how to build their various nations.


Another reason why Islam focuses also on the youths of a nation is the quality of freshness, vitality or vigor. The condition of being young which forms the cardinal descriptive characteristics of youths is definitely an asset or liability depending on how the young people get programmed.


Undoubtedly, if the youths of a nation are rightly guided the nation has surely taken to the path of achieving great things and leaving behind magnificent footprints for later generations.

I do not think that there is a single Muslim who holds a deal of the basic knowledge of the Islamic History who will deny the fact that Islam thrived at the hands of the youths. They were so programmed by the teachings of Islam that their main drive in life was to establish a society whose foundation will be based on God's consciousness, equity, justice, sanity, honesty, sincerity, modesty, moderation, tolerance and so on. That was exactly what they actually established which we are today destroying every bit of their past legacy.


The great legacies left behind in Makkah, Madinah, Basrah, Kufa, and Spain by our past Muslim generations which we all read about today, were outcomes and results of the above mentioned qualities. They all saw it as their individual responsibility to build their nation and they did.


Therefore, building our nations is a course for all and not just the government as an establishment. A Muslim must do his or her best to contribute positively to the development of the nation just as our predecessors have done.


That is in fact the true belief which the prophet (PBUH) rightly referred to as being in the heart. It is not by mouth or mere claims in media or books. It is a work that starts from the heart and then is reflected in the real life and felt by all and sundry. A reason why even the enemies of the Muslims could not have the guts to lie against them even behind them. This was because their footprints in their endeavours could be evidently seen everywhere and any time. This is exactly what is expected of a Muslin towards building the nation and taking it to the next level of advancement.


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