If you remember a while back I wrote a post entitled Would we as Muslims live happily under an Islamic Sate. Basically I was thinking about if we would be able to do the simple fun things we do (playing sports, eating out late at night, watching movies) in an Islamic state.
Now I was thinking about this more and if we as Muslims were to live under an Islamic state, who would rule it? I’m not talking about a person, but an idelogoy, a particular manhaj, one of the madhabs, etc. Would the leader be of wasabi background, an extreme jihadi one, an extreme sufi, a moderate sufi, a deobandi, a liberal, an arab/desi uncle, etc. Would the leader be Arab or Desi or a convert/revert or Black?
Let’s say for example the Amir of the Islamic state is a moderate sufi, then the jihadis would be mad because he’s ‘sufi’ so they’ll rebel. If the Amir was a moderate wasabi, then the extremist sufis would be mad and start saying he’s deviant and writing fatwas and books against him.
What about nationalism. If the Amir was Arab, the non-Arabs would get mad. If the Amir was Desi, then the non-desis would get mad.
What about racism. If the Amir was black, oh man forget about it. All the cultured Arabs and Desis would be up in arms.
My point is, this ummah has a long way to go before we even consider establishing an Islamic state. We have so much nationalism and racism amongst our own families, let alone our communites, that it’s crippling our ummah.
This is why in North America and Europe, the young Muslims here have an advantage. You will not find any place in the Muslim world that is more open and tolerant of other Muslim races, ethnicities and cultures then in North America and Europe. In fact I bet the most inter-racial and inter-ethnic Muslim marriages take place in non-Muslim countries. In Muslim countries, many families won’t even allow you to marry a person from the neighboring country.
Also in non-Muslim countries there is more tolerance amongst the various different manhajs, madhabs, idelogies of Muslims. They may be disagreements but its almost always in written or verbal form. In the Muslim world, some Muslims act abusive and sometimes violently towards other Muslims just becuase they are of a certain thinking. You even have government-sponsored hatred of certain Muslims.
Many Muslims have this dream or fantasy that in an Islamic state everything is in peace and all the Muslims are happy together in one big brotherhood and sisterhood. This is far from reality. Even during the rightly guided khulafa, the Ummah had problems. This is how human beings are. We have differences. There will never be an Islamic state in which every single Muslim loves each other. It’s impossible, even during the time of the Prophet (saas) and after the death of the Prophet (saas).
In reality, based on my knowledge of Islam and what I have heard scholars say, this Ummah will not be united unit the Mahdi comes. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be working towards an Islamic state. The best way to start is to establish an Islamic state of mind. If we had 1 billion Muslims with an Islamic state of mind, this world would be a lot better.