Islam versus the West
Islam, since its inception, has undergone strained relations with the West. Indubitably, Islam emerged as a complete socio-politico-economic system negating all the western traditions and ideas inherited from the ancient Greek. Conspicuously, it has left out both the systems- capitalism and communism- in the cold. Their pseudo-claims of being the only world order have been reduced to dust. Let’s delve into the topic to comprehend it with a penetrating eye.
Islam gives a firm economic system to its followers. It renders responsibility to the state for providing amenities to its people. As Holy Prophet (PBUH) quoted “If a public servant (serving for Islamic state) does not have a wife, he will be given a wife. If he does not have a house, he will be given a shelter. If he does not have food, he will be fed and if he does not have an animal (for conveyance), he will be given one.” Now some bemused readers may claim that this seems to be associated with Marxist philosophy. But I would like to remind them that Islam appeared on the stage of Saudi Arabia 1400 years ago, however Marxist philosophy originated in the mid 19th century. To implement this economic policy, Islam introduced the Zakat system. As far as capitalism is concerned, Islam prohibits usury and loans which is the basis of capitalist economy.
Moving further, the biggest conundrum between Islam and the rest of the world is of political system also pointed by Henry Kissinger in his book “The World Order”. Analytically, Islamic political system is based on the laws revealed by Allah Almighty Himself. There is no chance of any elite class indulging with public laws as is done by capitalist and communist governments. As Holy Prophet (PBUH) quoted “Listen and obey even if a slave be appointed as your superior as long as he should enforce among you the law of God”. This beautiful hadith is the crux of wisdom which exterminates racial discrimination in the politics and guide the people to enforce Divine Law. Some may think that Islamic political system is an strict theocracy but it is theo-democracy. When the Divine Rules are to be acted upon, how can a ruler cause to be deviating from them? Allah Almighty also says in the Holy Quran “And those who do not rule in accordance are disbelievers” (v:44). These golden principles of Islam are undigested to the world.
Conclusively, Islam is not only a distinct religion but also a well entrenched system which has been an apple of discord for the westerners. Those who consider Islam a stereotypical system are highly mistaken and misled.