Mankind has needed guidance ever since Adam (AS) to protect itself from falling prey to the whispers of Iblees (also known as Shaytaan). Out of His Mercy, Allah has provided this guidance through books and men. Some men were honored by Allah to be Messengers unto mankind and some of these men were honored further with books of guidance. The death of Muhammad (S) ended this process of revelation. Allah then guided His creation through His Book, the Qur'an - which is protected by Allah so that it can reach generations beyond Muhammad (S). Although Messengership has ended, some men have continued to uphold al-Haqq in the face of al-baatil after the death of the Prophet (S) - these being the mujaddidoon i.e. the revivers of Islam. From the hadeeth we learn:
The process of revival (tajdeed) has been shouldered by many great personalities (e.g. 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Azeez, Abu Haneefah, Imaam Maalik, al-Ghazaali, Salahuddeen Al-Ayyubi, Ibn Taymiyah and Shah Waliullah). These revivers were great because they would examine the situation of the Muslims and then they would compare this situation with the demands of Islam; if they found any discrepancies then they would work on this particular weakness to make the situation fulfill the demands of Islam. Thus movements have arisen concentrating variously on jihaad, morality, asceticism, prayers, politics, philosophy, belief and dedication to the Sunnah, depending upon what was particularly lacking in the Muslims of that time.
It is obvious though, that today, we are not only lacking in just one aspect of Islam but, rather, we are lacking in almost every aspect. This has been the natural conclusion of many of the century's great revivers. They maintain that today's comprehensive disease requires a comprehensive cure. Consequently, we have witnessed this century the emergence of Islamic movements in almost every country. The aim being to take mankind back to the worship of Allah.
The history of the Islamic movement in this century dates back to the 1920s when Imam Hasan al-Banna and Mawdoodi began their work. Their inheritors have continued their work through the decades and we have witnessed many trials and periods of hardship. Mawdoodi was jailed on several occasions, once he was even sentenced to death! The Ikhwaan in Egypt suffered 20 years of imprisonment with many being executed (Sayyid Qutb, Shaykh Farghali, and Shaykh Abdul Qadir Awdah being some examples). The Ikhwaan in Syria were killed in the thousands in 1982 and only recently the Tunisian movement - An-Nahda - suffered at the hands of the Tunisian regime. Backed by scholars such as Shaykh Sayyid Saabiq (author of Fiqh us-Sunnah) and Ameen Ahsan Islaahi (author of Tadabbur al-Qur' an), the movement has progressed closer and closer towards achieving its various objectives. The disease that has infected our ummah can not be cured overnight. We may still have many years (decades) of work and sacrifice ahead of us.
So what is our role here and now in Britain? Khilaafah? Jihaad? Tazkiyyah? The Islamic Movement today is not just you and me. The Islamic movement today means many organizations and many millions or people. We have a global agenda that is to revive the Muslims, and this includes all that Islam requires of us. So is the movement working for the Khilaafah? Of course it is. In countries like Sudan, Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Malaysia and all over the rest of the Muslim world (in a lesser way) the movement is working towards the application of sharee'ah. Is the movement working for jihad? By way of example, the movement has been behind the jihaad in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine - to defend Muslims wherever they have been attacked.
I am a part of this international effort. And I am told by my leadership:
This is my leadership telling me that I should, while living in Britain, strive to give da'wah to the Muslims and the non-Muslims. If I want to go on jihaad then there are areas for jihaad and I should go, now. If I want to work for the Islamic State then I should go to the Muslim world and work for it. But while I am here, I should work on what I have been told to do. This is a comprehensive understanding of Islam, as represented by a movement that understands Islam comprehensively and that is working for Islam in an organized manner, as it should be.
It is our responsibility that Islam should now be introduced to the people of this country not as the religion of the saracens, nor as the next threat to the west, but rather as the cure to its many diseases. Therefore, it becomes our duty as upholders of al-Haqq to take Islam to the people of this country. By doing so, we would be fulfilling the order of the Prophet (S) since he himself said in his farewell speech:
And by doing so, we would also be heeding the advice of our teacher, Ustaadh Khurram Murad:
This is the vision of our movement, a movement which aspires to tread the very same enlightened path of the Prophet (S) and his noble companions towards the promised victory, in shaa Allah, so that we can be from amongst those who helped revive the deen in this century.
It is as Imam Hasan al-Banna said: