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Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) is the Finest and Final Product of the creation of the universe. The universe is in itself based on principle of justice, which is the net result of God’s Laws of Nature. Prophetic mission was aimed at bringing the Just Order of the universe to the earth. Justness demands proper understanding of the system, including the way the human beings function. Being the Final Ambassador of God, he was in a position to understand all the probables with perfection, and hence he would create a system of human life which would ensure a just order, the only condition being the eagerness of human beings to follow him in entirety.



The just world order cannot be created unless there are fear of God, fear of law and fear of society. If anyone of the three is missing, the system will degenerate into chaos. Furthermore these three fears should be in the right direction for the right purposes. If the law is working in violation of what God demands, even the fear of law would not help. If the parameters of justness are wrong in the perceptions of society, even the fear of society would not work. When this fear ascends upward and transforms to love, it creates a new look about the whole thing.




The present world order, the so-called New World Order had degenerated into chaos because the fear of God has been purposely ravished from the hearts, minds and spirits of the human beings and the perceptions of law and society have been changed to create a system which is monopolised by a few forces. Obviously such an order can be nothing more than a Satanic World Order created and sustained by the Satanic forces.



Justice is the most powerful weapon for defeating chaos of all types in society. Justice must not only be done but must also be seen being done. Furthermore, it must be achieved swiftly. Any system of justice that denies justice to the victims or unduly delays it cannot ensure social peace. The present legal systems all over the world have dismally failed to safeguard the life and honour of the people. On the contrary, this has helped, directly and indirectly, the cause of criminals and the forces of evil. It looks advanced in method but extremely poor in results. It appears to profess humanity but promotes inhumanity. It has increased the crime rate to dangerous levels and has been transforming in increasing numbers good human beings into criminals.



Islamic system of justice is based on speedy trial and a punishment equal to the crime with right to pardon only in the hands of the victims or the heirs of victims. In sharp contrast to the modern system that safeguards the interests of criminals, Islam primarily aims at bringing justice to both victims and culprits. Justice is also to be ensured at the international level; there must be ways to guarantee that small and weak nations do not suffer at the hands of big and powerful nations.




The forces of globalisation, the champions of the Satanic World Order, want the world to believe that this world order is the ultimate just order taking mankind to the zenith of civilization. Their claim emanates from the fact that humans can now boast of more worldly splendour than was the case at any other time in the past. Man resides with comfort in palatial surroundings, has variety of colourful dresses to don, travels in high-speed vehicles on splendid roads, can fly in the air or sale the sea with dazzling speeds, has equipment to confront the vagrancy of weather, has advanced technology providing him with thousands of items of luxury, can communicate within seconds with any person living anywhere in the world, can watch with delight in his own bedroom the events organised at the farthest places on earth, is better acquainted with the secrets of life and of the universe, possesses thousands of medicines to treat diseases and can remove, with or without a knife, malformations from inside the human body. They also claim that the world today has the most developed political, econom¬ic and social systems. Big industries, lavish hotels, multi-storey stock exchanges, sprawling, lush-green picnic spots and busy beaches are presented as symbols of civilization.



By making these claims, the votaries of modernism aim to give a new meaning to civilization. To them, civilization is synonymous with development and prosperity. This is an absolutely materialistic description of civilization that has no place for moral and spiritual excellence. It is not that the connoisseurs of economic fundamentalism are not aware of the hollowness of their belief; they very much are. This, in fact, is a conscious, motivated and deceptive attempt aimed at diverting public attention from the dangerous consequences of their strategies, and perpetuating their empire. They seek to keep the masses and the intelligentsia bemused. It is for this reason that they assiduously glorify status symbols in society.



These status symbols are projected as indicators of one’s ‘sophistication’, the word that is being planted as replacement for ‘civilization’. A man or woman’s ability to attend parties, their smartness in mixing with the members of opposite sex, their readiness to dance on the floor, their ken at organising such functions, their boldness to crack vulgar jokes and their keenness to share bed are signs of ‘modernity’; promiscuity, gambling and drinking are no more sins in the eyes of the modern but pointers to one’s high life style.



What Boswell said, while differentiating between the ‘civilized’ and the ‘savage’ is true of the modern civilization. He said, “It is in refinement and ele¬gance that the civilized differs from the savage. A great part of our industry and all our ingenuity is exercised in procuring pleasure; and a hungry man has not the same pleasure in eating a luxurious dinner”.



Rousseau, in Origin of Equality made scathing remarks about the modern society – “The case is quite different with man in the state of society, for whom first necessities have to be provided, and then superfluities; delicacies follow next, then immense wealth, then subjects, and then slaves. He enjoys not a moment’s relaxation; and what is yet strange, the less natural and pressing his wants, the more headstrong are his passions, and, still worse, the more he has it in his power to gratify them, so that after a long course of prosperity, after having swallowed up treasures and ruined multitudes, the hero ends up by cutting every throat till he finds himself, at last sole master of the world. Such is, in miniature, the moral picture, if not human like, at least of the secret pretensions of heart of cul¬tured man”.




Thus the balance sheet of the achievements of the modern world is not at all encouraging. It is in fact greatly depressing because with the scientific knowledge and technical know-how the man possesses he must have been physically healthier, socially safer and mentally more peaceful. Is he? Most will agree that he is not, and this is because economic fundamentalism has been rapidly destroying whatever the world has been gaining through the labour and dedication of scientists. The civilization the modern world boasts of is in truth in a moribund state. It has led to

1.      High Crime Rate: murders, rapes, suicides;

2.      Increasing Alcohol Consumption and Smoking which leaves negative effects on health, family and society;

3.      Development of the so-called Modern Sexuality which adversely affects on health, family and society;

4.      Economic Exploitation: usury, disparity, poverty;

5.      All forms of Gambling: effects on health, family and society; and

6.      Politically Motivated Violence: wars, terrorism, communal, racial and ethnic riots, civil wars.




In Islam, peace is the real essence of civilization. Islam does not merely promote Peace; Islam is peace itself. One who has entered Islam wholeheartedly has entered peace in its entirety. One who has accepted any part of its moral, social and legal principles is on the way to enjoy at least some of the fruits of peace. One who has left some parts of it has lost at least some dimensions of peace. Finally, one, who has disproved everything that Islam preaches, has put oneself away from the path of peace and on the course of chaos.  Islam does not rule the current world with the result that chaos prevails, as is evident from the above mentioned maladies. Muslims of the current world have adopted Islam partially. This partial application has deprived them of the peace in its entirety. Still they are in a much better state of peace than the people living in the so-called developed world are. This is evident from the fact that they have

          one of the lowest rates of murders;

          almost negligible incidence of suicides;

          very low rates of rapes;

          negligible consumption of alcohol and alcohol-related deaths and other problems;

          very low rate of gambling related problems;

          extremely low level of family break-ups;

          extremely low number of prostitutes and pornographic actors among them;

          negligible level of sexual abuse of children;

          very low incidence of sex-related, alcohol related and gambling related diseases;

          relatively low incidence of drug addiction;

          relatively low incidence of psychiatric illnesses;

          relatively very low level of the consumption of sedatives and tranquillisers;

          very low incidence of single parents, negligible number of children born out of wedlock;

          relatively much lower level of promiscuity and other sexual perversions;

          very low level of abortions including teenage pregnancies, etc.; and

          relatively low incidence of several diseases including Cancers of Penis and Cervix (due to circumcision), sex transmitted diseases, Urinary Tract Infections, other cancers due to alcohol, etc.

The world must know that if Islamic principles are allowed to function properly, every year more than 80 million lives can be saved. These include

          2 million murders;

          2.2 million suicides;

          5 million deaths from AIDS;

          5 million deaths from smoking;

          2 million deaths associated with alcohol;

          2 million deaths associated with smoking, gambling and drugs; and

          70 million cases of feticide.



Even if feticide is excluded, more than 10 million people should have been saved every year from falling prey to the unwanted kinds of death had Islamic legal and socio-economic system been in force. These are no ordinary figures. These are staggering statistics from all accounts. And adding the figures of feticide, more than 80 million lives are lost just because the laws of God are not followed. For a few thousands dead in terrorist attacks, the world is made hostage, billions of dollars are put to the fire, cities devastated and tens of thousands of innocents killed. For millions of deaths as the result of the pursuance of socio-economic policies dictated by the forces of globalization, virtually nothing is done except a few cosmetic measures.





In the US alone, for example,

          More than 200,000 people are assaulted with murderous intents every year (more than 18,000 are killed);

          More than 30, 000 die of AIDS;

          More than 100, 000 die of alcohol, smoking and drugs;

          Half a million of foetuses are aborted; and

          More than 85,000 women are forcibly raped against their will in spite of legalising consensual sex.



West can certainly claim that it is the most developed part of the world in terms of scientific and technological advancement, erection of infrastructure within their countries and prosperity and power.   Had these attainments resulted in freedom from violence, within and abroad, righteousness among people with clear distinction between beneficial and harmful practices and attitudes, respect and loyalty to relationships, value of human life and sympathetic behaviour towards smaller nations, West could definitely have also laid its claim to civilization. But ah! Its economic, political and military power was not only achieved through both genuine and wrongful ways, it has also misused them with colossal destruction of human lives and peaceful living. The bright stars of the horizon of Westernism have all degenerated into black holes – Democracy into Corporatocracy, Secularism into negation of religious conscience, freedom into license to commit evils and human rights into the defence of criminals and perverts.




Despite its prosperity and power, the West has been responsible for

          most of the wars in last century, most of deaths in those wars, consuming more than 160 million lives;

          most invasions; including colonisations on a massive scale;

          most attacks on countries including attacks on civilians;

          the only nuclear attacks made on the surface of the earth (Japan, August 1945);

          destruction of aborigines in big numbers;

          most deaths in Muslim countries including more than 1million in the last decade;

          deaths of at least 200 million foetuses in last 10 years;

          huge number of murders and rapes;

          huge alcohol and gambling related deaths;

          rising number of deaths related to AIDS; and

          several million suicides (highest in the world).




The Western system has also led to behaviours leading to total disintegration of family system with

          up to 50 pc of abortion rates;

          up to 50 pc children born out of wedlock;

          at least 30 pc children living in single parent homes; and

          ever increasing number of gay couples.

Western system has also been responsible for

          huge increase in business related to pornography and sex, alcohol, gambling and organised violence; with huge effects on health, family and society;

          maximum damage to environment, causing massive damage;

          maximum economic disparity within the countries and among the countries;

          monopolisation of world resources; and

          stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological).

Can anybody deny these facts? How can then West make even a small claim to civilization?




Qur’ān has clearly outlined the objectives of Islam, which are as follows:

(1) To work for the common good

“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong. They are the ones to attain felicity.” (3:104)

(2) To endeavour for the unity of mankind

“O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women.” (4: 1)

“Mankind was but one nation, but differed (later).” (10: 19)

“And verily this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other). But people have cut off their affair (of unity), between them, into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself…” (23: 52-53)

“Verily, this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher...” (21: 92)

(3) To work for peace at every level

“The System in the sight of God is that of PEACE (Islam).” (3: 19)

(Islam, literally, means Peace and is defined as total submission to God.)

“But God doth call to the Home of Peace: He doth guide whom He pleaseth to a way that is straight.” (10: 25)

“Therefore if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (Guarantees of) peace, then God hath opened no way for you (to war against them).” (4: 90)



“There hath come to you from God a (new) light and a perspicuous Book,- wherewith God guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His will, unto the light,- guideth them to a path that is straight.” (5: 15-16)

(4) To maintain universal harmony and balance


“Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves…” (2: 143)



“And the Sky has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (in it) in order that ye may not transgress (due) balance.” (55: 7-8)

(5) To work for justice at every level

“And God means no injustice to any of His creatures.” (3: 108)

“O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both.” (4: 135)

“Say: “My Lord hath commanded justice.” (7: 29)



“God commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion.” (16: 90)



If Muslims have to play an effective role in the world affairs they must immediately set a plan for it. This is a pretty kettle of fish. The application of Islamic principles to the contemporary world has to begin without wasting any more time.




It has to be explained to the world that peace is a comprehensive state. It has individual (Physical, mental, psychological and social health), family (peaceful relationship between members of family) and social (community, national and global) components. Half definitions of peace suited to the interests of the powerful lobbies will not be acceptable. Peace of individuals has no meaning unless it is complemented with family peace and social order. To be concise, individual health, family peace and social order must be the three basic aims; all the activities, whatever field they may be associated with, must be guided as well as limited by the trio. Any substance or action that seriously hampers anyone of the three must not go unchallenged in a civilised society. If society permits them, it may be anything but civilised. If it encourages them, it is nothing but barbaric.




The distinguishing feature of Islamic system is that unlike other contemporary systems that give Fundamental Rights supremacy over Fundamental Duties and omit Fundamental Prohibitions altogether, it creates a three-dimensional structure with equal emphasis on Fundamental Duties, Fundamental Prohibitions and Fundamental Rights. A system based on this impregnable and unalterable triangle gives Islam the flexibility that is required for being a system for all times to come.



The two-dimensional approach is inadequate in maintaining a just order in society. It is innately dan¬gerous, as it unleashes the forces of exploitation. No society can maintain order and tranquillity unless it has its set of restrictions. Its members must not only claim for their own rights, but must also be duty-bound to help in its survival and development, and they must not be in a position even if they want, to do what is expressly detrimental for society.



A three-dimensional approach is therefore mandatory if the totally paralysed and redundant law has to be rejuvenated. The two-dimensional constitu¬tions, without any express provisions of fundamental prohibitions, guarantee rights only for the strong and only those rights of the weak that the strong seek to exploit. The three-dimensional approach, on the contrary, with explicit Fundamental Prohibitions, is a guarantee for the rights of all the members of society includ¬ing the weak and the underprivileged.  Fundamental Prohibitions must be aimed at ensuring the same trio of objectives — Individual Health, Family Peace and Social Order, the three essential components of what can be called Grand Peace.




Muslims must not hesitate to lead an aggressive campaign for Fundamental Prohibitions. Seminars must be organised not on Fundamental Rights but on Prohibitions. It must be explained to people with the help of statistics that are easily available why prohibiting certain practices is necessary. They must be told in unequivocal terms that Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Gambling and uninhibited sex outside the boundaries of marriage have no place in a civilised society. They are too dangerous for the humanity to be tolerated anymore. Murder and other crimes including rape cannot be allowed to go unpunished; the punishment must be equal to the crime. Economic exploitation should be forbidden and its dimensions thoroughly exposed; harshest possible measures must be taken to minimise the economic disparity.



It is unfortunate that Islamic organizations and movements have been either engaged in theological agenda or have straightaway jumped to the political agenda but have largely ignored the socioeconomic agenda of Islam. This in my view is the biggest reason why Muslims have failed to challenge New World Order pursued by West and emerge as a power that can successfully influence the direction of the world as a whole. Howsoever good you are, if you are not powerful, your goodness too will become a curse for you.



In a world where power is normally in the hands of those who have gained it through wrongful means and use it for wrong means, it is necessary that those who know the difference between Right and Wrong must also assume power. Otherwise the world is doomed. Post Industrial Revolution, the power has acquired a direct relation to economy. Economic power, political power and military power feed one another. It is this truth that the Islamic World must realise at the earliest if it has to stop the mach of the bandwagon of Satanic forces of New World Order. 



When Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) began his mission, after spelling out the basic fundamentals of faith (Iman), he immediately set on to establish the just order. Promotion of good and fighting with evils received his immediate attention; kindness to women was stressed and the tribal prejudices were challenged. As the mission progressed, campaign against alcohol, gambling and social evils began. Within twenty three years, a just world order was established with the creation of a constitution that was based on Fundamental Duties, Fundamental Prohibitions and Fundamental Rights. Establishment of a family system that had no scope for waywardness and its related consequences was completed.



Within a short period not only a firmly placed world order was established but also permanent principles were provided for consequent expansion influencing the march of history for the next one thousand years. If the same history is recapitulated now, only then the truly Just World Order can be established.



[The writer is Executive Chairman, International Centre for Applied Islamics, Chief Editor, Islam, Muslims & the World and Director PEACE.]




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