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Concept of Islam and Muslim Ummah

Concept of Islam and Muslim Ummah

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Challenges faced by Muslim Ummah.
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Challenges Faced by Muslim Ummah and Their Solution
Concept of Islam and Muslim Ummah
Islam is an Arabic word and connotes submission, surrenderand obedience. As
a religion, Islam stands for complete submission and obedience to Allah.

Every religion of the world has beennamed either after the name of itsfounder or
after thecommunity andnation in which that religion took its birth. For
instance,Christianity takes its appellation from the name of its prophet Jesus

Christ; Buddhism from its founder Gautama Buddha etc. Similar is the case with

other religions but not so with Islam. This religion enjoys he unique distinction of
having no such association with any particular person or people. The word Islam
does not covey any such relationship for it does not belong to any particular person,
people or country. It is neither the product of any human mind nor is it confined to
any particular community. It is a Universal Religion and its objective is to create
and cultivate in man the quality and attitude of ISLAM.

Now we will understand what is Muslim Ummah orCommunit y, the word
community has acquired certain connotations, some of which are romantic and
nostalgic, some derogatory and reactions\u2019. In one basic sense, the concept
community means \u201call forms of relationship that are characterized by a high degree
of personal intimacy, emotional depth, moral commitment, social cohesion, and
nation, race, occupation, or (common cause). Its archetype is the family.

The Community in Islam is not founded onrace,nationalit y,locality,
occupation, kinship, or special interests. It does not take its name after the
name of a leader or a founder or an event. It transcends national borders and
political boundaries. The foundation of the community in Islam is the principle

which designates submission to the will of Allah, obedience to His law and
commitment to His cause. In short, an Islamic community is present only when it is
nourished and fostered by Islam. The Islamic community has a historic mission far
beyond mere survival, sheer power, breeding, or psychological continuity. Such a
mission is described in the Holy Quran as follows:

\u201cLet there be a community (or Ummah) among you, advocating what is good,
demanding what is right, and eradicating what is wrong. These are indeed the
successful (3:104)\u201d

\u201cYou are the best community ever raised, you enforce what is right, fight what is
wrong, and belie in Allah (3:110)\u201d
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Challenges Faced by Muslim Ummah and Their Solution
Challenges of Muslim Ummah
Muslim Ummah is facing the following challenges in the present
1. Terrorism and Muslims
2. Lack of Unity Among Muslims
3.Attacks on the Muslim World.
4. Fitna
Terrorism and Muslims

"There are so many acts of terrorism in the history of Islam!... when the Muslims
feel they can't win a war they do terrorism, the last one today, September 11, 2001,
in the two Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and in the Pentagon in
Washington, nobody in their right mind could ever believe that this could ever
happened"

Copied from a website:http://bib lia.c om/islam/terr orism.htm

There are more than 1.8 Billion muslins in the world and because of some
extremists from others religions who are giving a bad view of Muslims and Islam to
the world this is the reason Muslims are now known in the third world countries as

Terrorists. Islam is the religion of peace, Love and forbids the killing of
innocent. These are self made stories which are made in order to get benefits,
these kind of religious extremists/organizations first try topoison the minds of
people so that they can make the world go against Islam and Muslims.
This is one of the biggest challenges of Muslim Ummah because as in our daily life
we can see that if someone makes up his mind that something is wrong and
people/media tells him/her that it is wrong they stop avoiding that particular thing.
Same is the case with Islam, Muslims in the world which were previously seen as
tolerant and there are countless examples of deeds of forgiving their enemies not of
promoting terrorisom, a biggest example of which is given below
Wahshi, an Ethiopian warrior, was the slave of Jabir Mut'am and an uncle of Jibir,
who had also been killed in the Battle of Badr. Wahshi had been appointed by Hind
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Challenges Faced by Muslim Ummah and Their Solution

to help achieve her revenge. She asked him to kill one of the three persons
(Muhammad, Ali ibn Abi Talib or Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib) so that she might
avenge her father's death.

Wahshi, the slave, says: "On the Day of Uhud I was pursuing Hamza ibn Abd al-
Muttalib. He was attacking the centre of the army like a ferocious lion. He killed
every one whom he could approach. I hid myself behind the trees and stones, so
that he could not see me. He was too busy in fighting. I came out of ambush. Being
an Ethiopian, I used to throw my weapon like Ethiopians and it seldom missed the
target. I, therefore, threw my javelin towards him from a specific distance after
moving it in a particular manner. The weapon fell on his flank and came out from
between his two legs. He wanted to attack me but severe pain prevented him from
doing so. He remained in the same condition till his soul departed from his body.
Then I approached him very carefully and having taken out my weapon from his
body returned to the army of Quraish and waited for my freedom."

After the rout of Muslims, Hind and the other harpies she had brought with her from
Mecca, mutilated the bodies of the slain Muslims. Hind cut open Hamza's abdomen,
plucked out his liver and chewed it up. Muhammad bin Umar Waqidi, the historian,
says that she made a fire in the battlefield, roasted Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib's
heart and liver and ate them. Not satisfied with this, she cut the limbs, the ears and
the nose of Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib, strung them into a "necklace," and entered
Mecca wearing it as a "trophy" of victory. Muhammad, was deeply aggrieved at the
death and at the mutilation of the body of such a stalwart of Islam as Hamza ibn
Abd al-Muttalib. He bestowed upon him the titles of the "Lion of Heaven," and the
"Chief of the Martyrs."

Wahshi relates his story of conversion:

\u201c After the Battle of Uhud, I continued to live in Mecca for quite a long time until the
Muslims conquered Mecca. I then ran away to Taif, but soon Islam reached that area
as well. I heard that however grave the crime of a person might be, Muhammad
forgave him. I, therefore, reached him with Shahadatayn on my lips. Muhammad
saw me and said "Are you the same Wahshi, the Ethiopian?" I replied in the
affirmative. Thereupon he said: "How did you kill Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib?" I
gave an account of the matter. He was moved and said: "I should not see your face
until you are resurrected, because the heart-rending calamity fell upon my uncle at
your hands.

This is what Islam is; our Prophet (S.A.W) even forgave the person who killed his
uncle and how can anyone say that Islam is a kind of religion promoting terrorism.
Islam is all about forgiving not about killing innocents and terrorizing people. So
in order to cope with this challenge Muslims need to provide information about
Islam to the people of world so that they know what the real message of Islam is
and they stop thinking of Muslims as terrorists.

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