The call for a future Islamic civilization should not be seen as an exercise in re-establishing hegemony of the Muslim people or an attempt to turn the clock backward to the Abbasid Baghdad or the Moorish Spain. A true Islamic civilization is neither eastern nor western, neither Arab, nor Chinese or Indian but an authentic amalgam of all believing nations, comprising all colours and races, an international brotherhood or sisterhood of submitters. In Islam there is no male and no female, no black and no white, no easterner and no westerner but only the awakened and the spiritually dead. And it is the duty of the awakened souls to bring the dead to life. This book is intended to serve as a trumpet to the dead and a call for united action and not essentially to lay sole claim on Islam. Islam which means submission to one God is the religion of all the prophets from Abraham to Mohammed and many others before them. We Muslims do not claim monopoly on submission although we are aware of our very unique position as upholders of the Last Revelation. This book then is no defense for Islam but an open invitation to all to devise an effective defense in the face of a crumbling capitalist civilization.
Rashid Shaz Rashid Shaz, Editor, Futureislam.com is also Leader of the Milli Parliament (India) an umbrella organization of Indian Muslims that has been in the forefront calling for a regeneration in Islamic thought. He has authored more than a dozen books on Islamic Thought. Recently, he has published first volume of his multi-volume project Understanding the Great Dismissal (Urdu) that is making waves in the Urdu speaking world of Islam.
For almost about two decades Dr. Shaz has been in public life. As an activist, scholar, religious leader with a unique ability of forging working partnership with people of other faith groups Dr. Shaz has clearly displayed well how the Qur'anic call for a common program, of Kalimatun Sawaun, can be put to practice.