Inspiration from Past & Present

February 18, 2014

Distributing Wealth to the Far Corners of the Earth

وَاللَّهِ لَئِنْ بَقِيتُ لَيَأْتِيَنَّ الرَّاعِي بِجَبَلِ صَنْعَاءَ حَظُّهُ مِنْ هَذَا الْمَالِ

If God grants me life, I shall see to it that even the lonely shepherd in the mountains of San’a shall have his share in the wealth of the community.

—The Second Caliph ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb [d. 23H/644CE]

Kitāb al-Kharāj of Abū Yūsuf, ḥadīth #55

February 18, 2014

Poverty in the Midst of Plenty

Poverty in the midst of plenty is a negation of the very principle of brotherhood by which Islam stands and falls.

—Contemporary Muslim thinker Muhammad Asad [d. 1412H/1992CE], The Principles of State and Government in Islam. Islamic Book Trust, Malaysia. 1980. Pg. 91

February 18, 2014

Equality of Human Beings is the Success of Society

This, then, is the deepest sociological lesson of Islam: there can be no happiness or strength in a society that permits some of its members to suffer undeserved want while others have more than they need.

—Muhammad Asad [d. 1412H/1992CE], The Principles of State and Government in Islam. Islamic Book Trust, Malaysia. 1980.

February 13, 2014

The Shariah is God’s Justice and Mercy

الشَّرِيعَةُ عَدلُ اللهِ بَبنَ عِبَادِهِ ، وَ رَحمَتُهُ بَينَ خَلقِهِ ، وَ ظِلُّهُ بَينَ أَرضِهِ

The Law of God (Shariah) is God’s Justice between His servants, His Mercy over His Creation, and His Shadow on the earth.

—Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751H/1350CE], Madarij al-Salikin