European Union and the United States have become dominating powers globally.
The influence of the EU and US is widespread, strong and evident and their
military capabilities are impeccable, especially with the formation of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
other side of the world, there is another block of countries that has adopted
the socialist or communist ideology. Despite the fact that we cannot accept
their ideology and belief system, these countries have proven historically to
be great in dominating their people through the “doctrine” of their struggle.
dissolution of the Soviet Union gave birth to eight independent countries, but
Russia remained very strong and firm, by dominating people’s way of thinking.
The country also managed to become a great nation of military might and
Mao Tze Tung, who led the Long March alongside his comrades, succeeded in
uniting China. Despite adopting a strong communist ideology that we, again, are
not able to agree with, Mao and his associates managed to unite the Chinese
people under one republic with the exception of Taiwan.
As we can
witness in this century, China emerged as an economic and military superpower.
Historically, Mao managed to unite the Chinese despite the use of brute force.
progress and power have led to other great countries like Japan and South Korea
to approach them despite warnings by the US. Japan and South Korea are slowly
changing their direction by building a close relationship with China while
remaining close allies of the US and European countries.
can be said about North Korea. With the military threats in hand, Japan and
South Korea are approaching the country through dialogue.
question is where is Islam and the Muslims now, after being left by the
British, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Italian and other European colonists in
Asia and Africa?
countries gained their independence after the colonials were ousted or forced
stand witness to how Islamic countries have become birthplaces of rich leaders.
purchases such as paintings worth millions of US dollars by these leaders were
revealed in the news. They are also proud owners of luxury yachts, hotels and
apartments in Switzerland, London, Paris, among many other places. They are
also well-known for their casino sprees.
leaders, be it the presidents or kings, are known for their wealth and
luxurious lives. To keep their country secure, they sometimes seek help from
the major powers like the US, Britain or France, to protect their positions and
thrones from being overthrown by their own people.
is, Muslim-led countries are still the proxies of superpowers. The consequences
of not being fully independent, especially in the way of thinking, have made
strife is too common. We witness how Muslim wealth and lives are so cheaply
spilled in the Islamic world. Look at what happened in Iraq, Syria, Libya,
Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and many others. In Afghanistan, the war has been
continuously raging for more than 40 years and is sadly being fought between
of the “Islamic Ummah” is weak and is not seen as a symbol of strength.
socialist-communist countries could be proud of the strength of China and
Russia, and the liberal-capitalist countries could be proud of the US, France,
Germany, as well as the United Kingdom; what can we, as the Muslims, be proud
always claim that we are the best; Islam as superior to the others. This is
continuously being told in Islamic lectures and sermons; but the Muslims are
still at the bottom in terms of economy, social justice and military
one man in his centenarian, the prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir
Mohamad. He sees the epidemic, especially in the Islamic world, from the
post-World War I to the World War II and up until now. He often raises the
matter of Muslim’s weaknesses in both open and closed meetings.
need to unite because they used to lead the world in economy, education and
As the most
senior leader of the Islamic world, Mahathir is the most qualified person to
talk about the unity of the Ummahs. Alongside leaders from Turkey, Pakistan,
Iran and Qatar, he initiated the discussion on the unification of Muslims with
the intention of liberating them.
At the very
least, with ideas focusing on the future, the strength of the Islamic world
could be improved and mobilized, earning respect from others. This very idea
was translated into the Kuala Lumpur Summit (KL Summit).
of the KL Summit can be seen. Probably not immediately evident but the idea of
the unification of Ummahs must continuously be pursued so that Muslims can
freely discuss ideas, without the restrictions of sects, race and tribes that
have often shackled the Islamic world.
Summit is a platform for Muslims to seriously discuss how Muslims should be
respected, how the strengths of the Islamic world should be portrayed and how
wealth should be shared among Muslims, as what was done by the superpowers in
the Eastern and Western blocks in ensuring the strength of their allies.
teachings of Islam, helping each other is a must, but contrarily, has never
been done by the Muslims. It is ironically being practiced by others, who
interpret the teachings of the Quran themselves.
the Islamic world is consumed in disputes and wars, lacking in economy and
education, and far from any military might. Therefore, the KL Summit should be
has set off something new to bring Islam and Islamic civilization back to the
world on loan by Allah Almighty so that we are able to return to Allah by
fulfilling the teachings of Islam.
Islamic world today, there are at least two countries that have emerged with
great military capacity, namely Turkey and Iran.
expect these two countries, together with Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia and
Qatar to initiate the role of uniting the Ummahs and bringing Islamic
enlightenment to light among the Ummahs of today and the future.
Sabu, Malaysian defence minister and president of Amanah
Headline: What can Muslim countries be proud of?
Source: The Jakarta Post