God promises those of you who believe and do righteous deeds that He shall make them viceroys in the earth. (24:55)
As already mentioned, Islam (meaning Submission to the Will of God) is as old as Universe itself, and for Man, it is as old as the first man that appeared on earth. It was Islam that was the theme of the Message of all the Messengers of God and it was the community of Muslims which they all raised. These communities were not intended to become hostile groups against one another or put man against man. They were meant to serve as a nucleus of virtue and goodness, to absorb the rest of men in their folds and to lead mankind on to the right path.
These communities deteriorated one after the other, forgetting the aim and the essence of the Religion. They mistook their salvation in the praise and worship of the founders of their religions and in declaring all others false. They limited their religion to a few ceremonies, and freed themselves to do whatever they liked. They misinterpreted the Book of God to suit their fancies and added own writings to it. They were, then, confused and could not differentiate between truth and falsehood.
Thus marched the humanity till the time it reached an intellectual level whence it could fully perceive Gods Message and preserve it in letter and spirit. It was now capable to see bigger horizons and appreciate the ultimate goal clearly.
At this stage, the last Messenger of God, Muhammad (may God bless him) appeared with the final Book of God, containing clear, unambiguous, well-explained Message, in which the Almighty directly addressed mankind, so that it should become an ever-glittering Light for all times to come. Spoon-feeding of the child had now to stop and the adult was to find his own way under the light of the torch provided. The institution of the Prophethood was closed, being no longer required.
It was 610 A.C. when Muhammad (may God bless him) called his people to God, their Creator. A people submerged in traditions of their forefathers, with a life without purpose, opposed him. The opposition increased with time, so much so that, after five years, a batch of 100 Muslims had to migrate to Anyssinia and, after seven years, movements of the Prophet and his family were restricted to a nearby place, where he stayed for three years. The persecution continued till, after thirteen years, Muslims found refuge and helpers in the city of Medina. All Muslims were then ordered to migrate to Medina to gather their strength and meet the Meccans hostility effectively so as to end the persecution. Soon after, the two sides met in the battle-fields till, eight years after, Mecca was peacefully captured. The whole Arab was then under the sway of Islam.
Forces of Islam then moved out to destroy idolatry and dethrone people of the Book. Muslims succeeded invariably. The defeated people soon saw the light and joined the Religion of God, as brothers and sharers of kingdom --- all in the service of God. The die-hard Rejecters were granted peace on payment of compensatory tax (Jizya).
Unity of mankind was near its fulfillment, when this last community of Muslims also showed deterioration and turned towards the pleasures of life. Three centuries after the Holy prophet, their progress came to halt. Spread of Islam, thenceforth, was due to the force of its truth or example set by godfearing persons.
The Message of the Quran was picked up by other people, who thereby progressed and prospered. However, they failed to appreciate the crux of the Message that unity of mankind is a prerequisite to peace and conquest of the universe. They started deadly wars among the "nations", and seem to be heading towards decimation of human race.
Millions of people claim to be Muslims and name them so in the world of today. But they are Muslims by birth only. Their lives are as much un-Islamic as those of non-Muslims. They are politically and economically so weak that they beg help from outside. They carry out the five-points programme given to them half-heartedly, as a dead rite, without purpose, only for personal salvation in the next world. Their faith, especially that of the educated classes, is shaky because of defective teachings of religion and influence of dominant western ideas. Instead of adopting the Quran and presenting their own social, economic and political systems to the world, they ape the West and suffer not only from the defects of those systems, but aping has produced in them inferiority complex and further downfall. It seems that Islam has come to a dead end.
But Islam does not depend on professing Muslims only. The Quran warned the Muslims that if they turned back they would be substituted by another people.
As the Quran is intact and preserved, a willing soul can always know the truth by carefully going through its pages. Let, therefore, people outside the pale of Islam come and lead mankind with the help of the Quran.
Now let us see what instructions the Quran has given to the last community of Muslims.
Purpose of Community
It is to be the leader-community so to set example and to serve as watchman to the rest of the world.
This shows that the community is raised for the benefit of mankind and its objective is to bid and forbid certain things. It must have, therefore, power to enforce the requirements. Again, to have such power, it must be a well-knit society, organized from top to bottom in a chain of commanders and under-commands, trained to strike in time of need any aggressor form outside or home. Its military power should be unparalleled and its members should be ready to lay down their lives in hour of need.
O Believers, fear God as He should be feared, and die not but in surrender. And hold fast the bond of God together and scatter not; and remember Gods blessing on you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts, so that by His blessing you became brothers. You were upon the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus God explains to you His Signs that you may be guided. And let there be among you a community calling to the beneficence (unity), bidding the Desirable and forbidding the Dejected; and those alone shall succeed. And be not like those who scattered and fell into variance after clear Signs had come to them, and they shall receive a mighty punishment. (3:102-105)
Times are Hard
Precautions against other communities
Weakness is No Excuse
Fulfil Your Obligations
What is a Believer?
Gods Ways of Punishment
Trial Afflicts All
(Will the community of Muslims rise again? Yes if they study Quran once again, and every individual applies Islam on his person first. )
The Holy Quran Society