Islam: Past, Present and Future

Kayani, Saima Ashraf
October 2011
Dialogue (Pakistan);Oct2011, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p320
Academic Journal
History of Islam has different events and important happenings which can be termed as turning point in the history of believers. These can be broadly speaking divided into past, present and future. In the past, the purification of the religion was the dominant cause. However the time left its imprints over the believers and new concepts and realities entered the Ummah. This divided the unity of the Muslims. Thus intensified and expanded the conflicts with in the Muslim societies. This was taken up as a golden opportunity by the extremists to propagate Jihad for the desired change. Currently Islam is associated with violence, bombing, terrorism and fundamentalism. Here the question arises as to what will be the future of Islam? The future of Islam can be discussed at two levels: community and politics. Muslim community still believes in the vitality and universality of their religion, also for them Muslims will dominate the future. While at the political level one has to take into consideration the relations between Judeo-Christian west and the Ummah. It is argued here that the resurgence of Islam in 21 century is not a new phenomenon, it has a history, and presently the radicalization of Islam is a short epoch which will be replaced by a self-confident & moderate neo- Islam. This research work discusses the future of Islam, in the context of Community and politics. It also thrashes out the past history of Islam as a prelude to understand the present and with the help of past and present tried to find out the future course of this religion. The research is divided into different parts. First the introductory remarks, secondly the explanation of some concepts, thirdly the link with the past and next will be about the future course and finally the concluding remarks.


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