Establishment of Nourishment System (Dr. Manzoor-ul-Haque)

Implementional Strategies Slamming New Intrusions and Old Obsessions

When will the Nourishment System, the Quraan provides, be established? This is a question often asked to those who present the teachings of the Quraan for the proliferation of this System. The askers of this question make hurry, want it to be established within no time, express their restlessness and agony for the delay and ultimately cast twinkling shadows of doubt and speculation. They forget that the society we dwell is fraught with corruption throughout its wharf and web and has become a permanent source of dingy and monotonous anguish to those who yearn for the establishment of such a System. The stark fact is that this class of people, longing to establish this System, though work to the best of its potential, does hardly meet the bare basic necessities of the life of its family. This state of affairs makes the heart of the pals of the Quraan adversely throb and pulsate all the more and tends to shatter the very tender feelings operating with tender process of its being. Although the remedy to this malaise is none else but the establishment of this System, yet the intrinsic difficulty is that this System can not be established on individual basis. The basic demand to meet its establishment -so that the basic necessities of the life of all the individuals are met satisfactorily – is that the means of production be collectively at the command of those managing and running the State affaires. If those at the helm of affairs concede to it, the establishment of this System, the Quranic Mission, can no longer be hampered or delayed.

Ours is a constitutional time and changes can be wrought through constitutional process. Today this process is being carried out through out this entire globe and provides another alternate for its establishment. All what can be done is that the concept of this Nourishment System along with all of its means and end products be popularized in the State to such an extent that it may gush forth as a core demand from the masses. And then these masses may elect those legislative members whose hearts synchronize –from the recesses of their heart and mind -with the veracious springs of this divine System. These members after being elected may become dedicated to legislate for implementing this System in practical and pragmatic modes.

Those longing to establish this System of Nourishment usually put forth another idea that those having concurrence to this System may execute it on their own at a micro-level -within their own dwelling/village. They suggest that the strategic measures needed to be adopted for this purpose would be that those very Quraanic pals may perk this System in a miniature form within their own dwellings and then lead their life in line with the demands of this System. To me this is absolutely not a new and unique strategic measure; it has never been found practicable. The inherent factor impeding its execution is that only those would join hand in this idea among whom 90% of the population would be comprising of have-nots who hardly have their both hands meet with their hard earnings. And the remaining 10% would be of those who may perhaps be able to meet their basic necessities of life or may have some surplus yield. Here, I would like to shred away this misgiving and would make it clear that this 10%, having surplus money would hardly join hands in the establishment of this System. Now reflect deeply how this System would work when:

(a)    Those joining this System have their earnings very hard to meet their own basic necessities of life and

(b)   Those having more than what they need do not join this System.

And if this group of 10% joins this System, they would experience another inherent and almost insurmountable difficulty for the establishment of this System. They would have to operate this System with the mutual consent and agreement of their family members. At present this concurrence of the family members – of their children, of their spouses and of other associates – would be very difficult to seek if not impossible. The demand to run this System smoothly and effectively is that they must all harmonize with the hone of this thought – without commanding their hearty co-operation, this System cannot run productively even for a single day. There is still another psychologically inherent deterring factor pin-pointed by Eric Fromm. It is: “As long as everybody wants to have more, there must be formulations of classes, there must be class war, and in global terms, there must be international war. Greed and peace preclude each other.” This phenomenon would operate clandestinely and would mar this System. Still other impediment, the greatest of all, is the idea of constituting a separate party within the nation for its implementation. But to me it pervades smell of factionalism within the nation and is diametrically opposite to the teachings of the Quraan. All that opposes the teaching of the Quraan would never facilitate the proper working of this very System.

There is still another objection raised to the implementation of this System by constitution. They say that if this System were enforced by constitution, it would be a sort of compulsion imposed on the Muslims. They would have to concede to this specific System against their wishes. How can this mode of implementation be justifiable? But the question is whether or not this is the confirmed system of Islam, the balanced way of life. If it is un-Islamic in nature, the very inkling of conceding to this System from the core of ones heart is farce, is absolutely baseless, is wrong and erroneous. What to speak of its establishment by constitution of the country! On the contrary, it would be mandatory for the Islamic Order to nip it right in the bud. The more it is aired to brood, the more its noose is tightened. But if this system is in line with Islam, its enforcement by constitution can never be termed compulsion on the Muslims. Any one calling oneself as a Muslim has to concede to and opt for every decision that is Islamic in nature and scope. There are many examples in Islam. Being Muslim, for example, one has to refrain from taking wine, from stealing, from telling a lie, from eating all that is sacrificed on the name other than Allah, from everything that intoxicates thinking faculties of the humans etc. Acting upon these is not a compulsion of any sort. It is simply a synchronization of what the System of Islam demands. It would not mean a compulsion on those Muslims who do not wish to refrain from these Quraanic paradigms. It is necessary for the Muslims to mould their life according to the mores and cores of the Quraanic decisions. The option open to those not conceding to it is that they are free to opt for any other religion. Hence the establishment of this System, – the Economic System of the Quran – the Nourishment System of the Quraan – can never be termed as compulsion on the Muslim community.

This reality must be made crystal clear to the Muslims that the Nourishment System is the proposed system of the Quraan and its establishment is exactly the basic necessity of Islam. But it must be understood that its establishment is not an end in itself. It is but one aspect of Islam. The focus of the call projecting the teachings of the Quraan is to present Islam again in its pristine and original form to the world. It is the spread of that Islam which has been transformed as a coined religion of the human mind in lieu of Allah’s bestowed way of life. It is the proliferation of that Islam which has been buried under the deep crusts of man-made ideas, philosophies, theories, beliefs, customs and rituals. If Deen, the System of life, is reflected to replenish in the forefront of the present Muslim community, the establishment of this Nourishment System would be its natural consequence. At this stage, the greatest impediment to its establishment is the man-made “religion”. Today the proliferation of the call of the Quraan is breaking the shackles. The day will come when this world glows with the light of the divine teachings of the Quran.

Now reflect deeply how the world is undergoing transformations. Take one example. In the medieval society, as in many other highly developed as well as primitive societies, economic behavior were determined by ethical principles. But through a number of steps eighteenth century capitalism underwent a radical change: economic behavior became separate from ethics and the human values. What happened then? Our spirit of conquest and hostility blinded us to the fact that natural resources have their limits and can eventually be exhausted, and that nature will fight back against human rapaciousness. And now economic changes are possible only if fundamental changes in the values and attitudes of man occur (Erich Fromm: To Have Or To Be, 2000). This brings us to the fact that survival of the human race depends on a radical change of the human heart to be transformed according to what the permanent values enshrined in the Quraan demand. Work to the best of our potentials and share according to our needs This is what the Quraan intends to spread. And so the need of this System of Nourishment and hence the strategies slamming new intrusions and old obsessions.

Implementional Strategies Slamming New Intrusions and Old Obsessions

When will the Nourishment System, the Quraan provides, be established? This is a question often asked to those who present the teachings of the Quraan for the proliferation of this System. The askers of this question make hurry, want it to be established within no time, express their restlessness and agony for the delay and ultimately cast twinkling shadows of doubt and speculation. They forget that the society we dwell is fraught with corruption throughout its wharf and web and has become a permanent source of dingy and monotonous anguish to those who yearn for the establishment of such a System. The stark fact is that this class of people, longing to establish this System, though work to the best of its potential, does hardly meet the bare basic necessities of the life of its family. This state of affairs makes the heart of the pals of the Quraan adversely throb and pulsate all the more and tends to shatter the very tender feelings operating with tender process of its being. Although the remedy to this malaise is none else but the establishment of this System, yet the intrinsic difficulty is that this System can not be established on individual basis. The basic demand to meet its establishment -so that the basic necessities of the life of all the individuals are met satisfactorily – is that the means of production be collectively at the command of those managing and running the State affaires. If those at the helm of affairs concede to it, the establishment of this System, the Quranic Mission, can no longer be hampered or delayed.

Ours is a constitutional time and changes can be wrought through constitutional process. Today this process is being carried out through out this entire globe and provides another alternate for its establishment. All what can be done is that the concept of this Nourishment System along with all of its means and end products be popularized in the State to such an extent that it may gush forth as a core demand from the masses. And then these masses may elect those legislative members whose hearts synchronize –from the recesses of their heart and mind -with the veracious springs of this divine System. These members after being elected may become dedicated to legislate for implementing this System in practical and pragmatic modes.

Those longing to establish this System of Nourishment usually put forth another idea that those having concurrence to this System may execute it on their own at a micro-level -within their own dwelling/village. They suggest that the strategic measures needed to be adopted for this purpose would be that those very Quraanic pals may perk this System in a miniature form within their own dwellings and then lead their life in line with the demands of this System. To me this is absolutely not a new and unique strategic measure; it has never been found practicable. The inherent factor impeding its execution is that only those would join hand in this idea among whom 90% of the population would be comprising of have-nots who hardly have their both hands meet with their hard earnings. And the remaining 10% would be of those who may perhaps be able to meet their basic necessities of life or may have some surplus yield. Here, I would like to shred away this misgiving and would make it clear that this 10%, having surplus money would hardly join hands in the establishment of this System. Now reflect deeply how this System would work when:

(a)    Those joining this System have their earnings very hard to meet their own basic necessities of life and

(b)   Those having more than what they need do not join this System.

And if this group of 10% joins this System, they would experience another inherent and almost insurmountable difficulty for the establishment of this System. They would have to operate this System with the mutual consent and agreement of their family members. At present this concurrence of the family members – of their children, of their spouses and of other associates – would be very difficult to seek if not impossible. The demand to run this System smoothly and effectively is that they must all harmonize with the hone of this thought – without commanding their hearty co-operation, this System cannot run productively even for a single day. There is still another psychologically inherent deterring factor pin-pointed by Eric Fromm. It is: “As long as everybody wants to have more, there must be formulations of classes, there must be class war, and in global terms, there must be international war. Greed and peace preclude each other.” This phenomenon would operate clandestinely and would mar this System. Still other impediment, the greatest of all, is the idea of constituting a separate party within the nation for its implementation. But to me it pervades smell of factionalism within the nation and is diametrically opposite to the teachings of the Quraan. All that opposes the teaching of the Quraan would never facilitate the proper working of this very System.

There is still another objection raised to the implementation of this System by constitution. They say that if this System were enforced by constitution, it would be a sort of compulsion imposed on the Muslims. They would have to concede to this specific System against their wishes. How can this mode of implementation be justifiable? But the question is whether or not this is the confirmed system of Islam, the balanced way of life. If it is un-Islamic in nature, the very inkling of conceding to this System from the core of ones heart is farce, is absolutely baseless, is wrong and erroneous. What to speak of its establishment by constitution of the country! On the contrary, it would be mandatory for the Islamic Order to nip it right in the bud. The more it is aired to brood, the more its noose is tightened. But if this system is in line with Islam, its enforcement by constitution can never be termed compulsion on the Muslims. Any one calling oneself as a Muslim has to concede to and opt for every decision that is Islamic in nature and scope. There are many examples in Islam. Being Muslim, for example, one has to refrain from taking wine, from stealing, from telling a lie, from eating all that is sacrificed on the name other than Allah, from everything that intoxicates thinking faculties of the humans etc. Acting upon these is not a compulsion of any sort. It is simply a synchronization of what the System of Islam demands. It would not mean a compulsion on those Muslims who do not wish to refrain from these Quraanic paradigms. It is necessary for the Muslims to mould their life according to the mores and cores of the Quraanic decisions. The option open to those not conceding to it is that they are free to opt for any other religion. Hence the establishment of this System, – the Economic System of the Quran – the Nourishment System of the Quraan – can never be termed as compulsion on the Muslim community.

This reality must be made crystal clear to the Muslims that the Nourishment System is the proposed system of the Quraan and its establishment is exactly the basic necessity of Islam. But it must be understood that its establishment is not an end in itself. It is but one aspect of Islam. The focus of the call projecting the teachings of the Quraan is to present Islam again in its pristine and original form to the world. It is the spread of that Islam which has been transformed as a coined religion of the human mind in lieu of Allah’s bestowed way of life. It is the proliferation of that Islam which has been buried under the deep crusts of man-made ideas, philosophies, theories, beliefs, customs and rituals. If Deen, the System of life, is reflected to replenish in the forefront of the present Muslim community, the establishment of this Nourishment System would be its natural consequence. At this stage, the greatest impediment to its establishment is the man-made “religion”. Today the proliferation of the call of the Quraan is breaking the shackles. The day will come when this world glows with the light of the divine teachings of the Quran.

Now reflect deeply how the world is undergoing transformations. Take one example. In the medieval society, as in many other highly developed as well as primitive societies, economic behavior were determined by ethical principles. But through a number of steps eighteenth century capitalism underwent a radical change: economic behavior became separate from ethics and the human values. What happened then? Our spirit of conquest and hostility blinded us to the fact that natural resources have their limits and can eventually be exhausted, and that nature will fight back against human rapaciousness. And now economic changes are possible only if fundamental changes in the values and attitudes of man occur (Erich Fromm: To Have Or To Be, 2000). This brings us to the fact that survival of the human race depends on a radical change of the human heart to be transformed according to what the permanent values enshrined in the Quraan demand. Work to the best of our potentials and share according to our needs This is what the Quraan intends to spread. And so the need of this System of Nourishment and hence the strategies slamming new intrusions and old obsessions.

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