Muslims celebrated birthday of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H on December, 24th and Christians celebrated Jesus’s birthday on December, 25th all over in the World. Prophet Muhammad addressed in his last sermon, “You who believe fear God and write off anything that remains outstanding from lending at interest if you are (true) God and His Messenger If you repent you may retail your principal do not wrong and you will not be wronged”, “ No Arab is superior to a non-Arab except in piety” and “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action”.
Now pay attention to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W – what we learned and experienced in our lives as Muslims. Let’s pay attention to how we followed our Prophet Muhammad who always talked about rights of Allah and human rights, how much we served humanity, how much developed we are to serve this world and humanity, how much united we are? What does Muslims stand in the recent times? Muslims are separated in sects and differences, it was our responsibility to appear as the best example of humanity like the beloved messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. We would have been an example for the World, by making education and knowledge as our top motto, development as our weapon and make this World as peaceful as we can. But, today the question arises, have we fulfilled all these teachings of Prophet Muhammad?
On the other side, Christian community celebrate birthday of Jesus all over in the World. Muslims should not just follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad but also of Prophet Jesus and Christians should also review his teachings. Prophet Jesus shared the message of Peace, Love and Brotherhood. According to Jesus, “Do to others as you would have them do to you”, “If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also” and “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick and it gives light to all who are in the house.”.
Segmenting progress of Islamic Countries comparing with West in important issues:
If you talk about Education – We are in no competition with the west. We are not in the top ten universities of the World, forget about top ten, we are not even in top 100 universities of the World. And then – we are far away from the west in recognition of academic, cultural and scientific advances to join the race of Noble Prize. We are 1% of the Noble Award winners whereas; the total population of muslims in this World is 22%.
Let’s talk about the economic condition of Muslim countries of the World, more than 50 muslim countries GDP is less than the GDP of U.S alone. GDP of 57 Muslim Countries is 4.7 trillion dollars – GDP of U.S is 4 times higher than this, 16 trillion dollars whereas; Japan’s GDP is even higher than 57 muslim countries, it is 4.8 trillion dollars. Contribution of Muslim Countries in the GDP of World is 8%, we spend total 0.8% of the GDP on R&D whereas; West is spending a lot more than this that is why they are more developed than us.
If few Muslim Countries consider being strong in the Defence and Armed Forces, even in this department we stand nowhere in comparison to the Western World. All the Muslim Countries if united as one unit cannot compete the U.S in Armed Forces and Defence. America is not just leading the Defence Technology but its defence budget is 640 million dollars.
According to International Human Rights Indicator, none of the Muslim Countries’s rating is above 53% whereas; rating of U.S is 69% and Sweden is leading with 79% rating on the human rights where we as the Muslims should be leading.
Development & Communication:
The participation of Muslim Countries in development of the World is negligible. West developed from bike to motorcycle, bus, truck, train, airplane and now air shuttles and our role in this development is ZERO. For communication purposes, World developed from telecom to telephone, telephone to mobile phone and now touched the smartphones – everything is on fingertips now but our role in this is ZERO.
Prophet who declared anyone has killed a person it is equivalent of killing the whole humanity – his followers are an icon and symbol of terrorism for the whole World. Muslims are getting blame for terrorist activities. All the huge terrorism activities are linked with Muslims, Muslims are involved in such activities. The religion of peace was given an identity of terrorism by the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Al-Shabab.
The comparison above is only to give an insight on where Islamic countries stand today and what needs to be done to make better changes for upcoming generations of this World. Still, it is not too late to reconsider the mistakes and try to develop strategies that will improve not just the situation of the Muslim countries but also to make a good image for the rest of the World. It is high time to stand united for education, health, infrastructure and above all ensure peace within and outside the borders. Preach lesson of tolerance and respect every human of this World. Whereas, West has damaged a lot of countries in the craze of experimenting its defence technology and strategies on others. Somehow there is a contribution of West as well towards the rise of terrorism and extremism. Both Islamic Countries and the West should sit together to formalize a plan on how to tackle all challenges by obeying the messages of Prophets.
To be Continued…