Baiyah – The Basis for Organization of a Revivalist Party in Islam Dr. Israr Ahmad
Baiyah – The Basis for Organization of a Revivalist Party in Islam
Today in the Muslim world, we find that most of the
Islamic movements have taken either to the bullet or to the ballet. Dr. Israr Ahmad, on the other hand, refers to the following saying of Imam Malik (RA): “The latter part of this community will not be reformed except by following the same process through which its initial part was reformed.”
He argues that the lack of success on the part of various Islamic movements is actually due to their deviation, in one way or another, from the way of the Prophet (SAW). Dr. Israr Ahmad does not doubt in his mind that the revival and establishment of Islam will be possible only by adopting the methodology of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
As derived from the study of the Seerah, the methodology of the Prophet 3 (SAW) involved the following stages: Calling people towards the light of Iman, Organizing those who respond into a cohesive force, and Training them concerning spiritual and moral purification and discipline, Passive Resistance in the face of persecution and oppression, Challenge and Active Resistance at the appropriate moment, and finally Armed Conflict. Dr. Israr Ahmad has spelled out the details of these phases and their application in modern times in his numerous lectures and writings.
He has emphasized that the revitalization of true faith using the Qur’an is an essential prerequisite for the Islamic renaissance.
Concerning the final step, he believes that the evolution of social thought since the time of the Prophet (SAW) implies that, in our times, a non-violent mass movement can supplant a bilateral armed conflict, the latter not being feasible in the contemporary world.
He argues that it is now possible to bring about positive and fundamental changes in Muslim societies using popular movements — consisting of peaceful agitation and leading to civil disobedience if required — while strictly refraining from all sorts of violence.
The struggle to revive and re-establish Islam, however, requires a disciplined organization.