FROM MAULANA’S DESK
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, born in 1925, in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, is an Islamic spiritual scholar who is well-versed in both classical Islamic learning and modern disciplines. The mission of his life has been the establishment of worldwide peace. He has received the Padma Bhushan, the Demiurgus Peace International Award and Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan Peace award for promoting peace in Muslim societies. He has been called ’Islam’s spiritual ambassador to the world’ and is recognized as one of its most influential Muslims1 . His books have been translated into sixteen languages and are part of university curricula in six countries. He is the founder of the Centre for Peace and Spirituality based in New Delhi.
DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SELF STRUGGLE
SOME highly educated Muslims have initiated a concept called ‘Institutionalizing Constitutional Rights’ with the aim of developing the Muslim community. This involves making recommendations, such as the formation of institutions by the government for the development of Muslims.
These words sound beautiful, but they are not workable in reality. Development is a goal that can be achieved only through self-struggle. It cannot be had through the help of any government.
In this matter the basic principle is that if a community wants development, it would have to stand up on merit and not expect to make progress through favours. Whenever one receives favours, the spirit of incentive is diminished. Progress can be attained only in an environment of competition and challenge, and not through favours granted.
Progress can be attained only in an environment of competition and challenge, and not through favours granted
Muslim leaders should advise Muslim masses to enter the educational mainstream—they should take admission in good educational institutions and pursue serious study. There is no other choice in this matter. Here the principle of ‘compete or perish’, alone works. This scheme of things for development appears arduous, however it is so only for the initial generations. When a community faces such competitive situations, the people who begin this journey might face hardships, but their struggle would be for the greater good. Very soon, such a community would progress and the maxim ‘compete or perish’ would turn into ‘compete and succeed’.
Reason cannot be created but it can
certainly be developed. Everyone has
a two-fold duty of developing their
reasoning ability and using it in life.
Reason is a powerful potential of the
human mind and we are duty bound
to turn this potential into actuality.