Can you give some practical tips on how we can achieve this?
This will inshaaAllah help others who can contribute in one way or the other.
I am sorry that above quoted post of sister has been hanging in balance for so long.
As it must be clear to brothers and sisters I am busy all the time in these issues only and therefore hardly get anytime to address many specific points because of the shear load of the work and my own limited capacity and capabilities. Anyway, I thought I should address this query before it get burried in the tons of material.
Sister has asked about practical steps to address the problem.
So to begin with what is the problem we are trying to solve?
This is an important question because asking the right question is the first step towards solving the problem.
Sometimes asking the question in the right manner itself takes us half way towards the solution.
Sometimes asking the wrong question kills the prospects of solving the problem.
In the present case I shall put the problem in the following manner. I have been calling it the Encroachment Theory.
The Encroachment Theory
If you do not guard, defend and protect your personal space as an individual or your collective space as a community then there is bound to be encroachment upon it.
In todays world there is encroachment upon the life space of Muslim community, Muslim Ummah, in various degrees all over the world. In some cases the encroachment is partial in some cases it is near complete.
We, as an Ummah, have to work towards liberation of this life space of Muslim Ummah from encroachment.
After pondering over this problem and analysing it for about twelve years I have come to the conclusion that our approach should be academic. Or that is the only sector in which I can contribute meaningfully.
I have nothing to say or offer about other possible approaches. I am not against them nor I am for them. In fact I even do not know what other approaches are possible.
Next I shall divide the problem into two parts global problem and the problem in the Indian subcontinent.
The Global Problem of Muslim Ummah
At the global level the encroachment is mostly because of the west.
In west we must include the Europe, the US in particular and North America in general and finally Australia.
We have to start an academic dialogue with the west towards taking back our space that is in their control.
Please understand that no other party, in this case, will accept our theory because it shows themm in a negative light of the encroachers. We have to think seriously and give the problem some other name so that we can come to the academic negotiating table with the west.
Brothers and and sisters and well wishers must kindly pay attention to it.
Easiest way to sabotage this programme is to go to the west, in any possible manner, and say, "Buster you have encroached upon the life space of our Ummah, just hand over it back." This will be a wrong way to approach.
We got to find the speakable and unspeakable in this case and then we have to find the channel and the negotiating parties.
My suggestion in this regard will be to approach people like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadiam PM Justin Trudeau. Responsible people from Ummah must approach them about this encroachment and negotiate about a plan to hand over our personal, or rather communal, space to us.
We need academicians to work out the details.
Those academicians are the people that I am searching for and looking forward.
Someone has to find them, some people have to come forward.
These people should be experts in the corresponding fields.
There should be diplomats to negotiate, social scientists who know about the encroachment and other academicians like economists, lawyers and others.
There has to be an academic movement along these lines amongst the Muslims world over.
My role model in this case will be the Indian Freedom Movement that was lead by the lawyers like Gandhi, Nehru and there were many Muslims too in that.
Historically Indian Freedom Movement (IFM) was amongst biggest mass movement in the world history.
Historians, particularly the left orinted ones, are still trying to take stock of it.
We have to generate an academic movement of bigger proportions towards liberating the communal space of Muslim Ummah from encroachment.
[quote]The Problem of Muslim Ummah in the Indian Subcontinent