Islamic Activism

 

Addressing Prophet Muhammad, the Quran enjoins: “Have patience, then, as had the steadfast Messengers before you; and be in no haste about them.”(46:35) This lays the basic principle of Islamic activism: showing restraint in adverse situations and refraining from negative reaction and retaliation, and planning one’s actions on the basis of realism. This is called Islamic activism or positive activism. It is when one tries to discover opportunities and avails them, without interfering with the prevailing state of affairs. This method can briefly be called positive status quoism, for which a complete scheme can be chalked out in the light of the Seerah (biography) of the Prophet. In the present book, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan gives examples from the life of the Prophet of Islam for such activism.

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