Muslims are 23 percent of the world’s population. There are over 170 million Muslims in Indonesia, over 70 million in China and over 54 million in the former Soviet States.
The majority of Muslims, according to population studies, are youth and children. Children below five years of age represent 43 percent of the Muslim world! By the year 2020, our population is expected to reach 2.5 billion, Insha Allah. In Canada, startling statistical data has been released. One in three children born in Canadian hospitals today is from a Muslim family. What does this mean to us?The future is bright for Muslims if we make the right choices today. We are blessed with amazing riches in the Muslim world. Over 40 percent of the mineral wealth of the planet lies under Muslim countries.
We have thousands of doctors, engineers, scientists and intellectuals. We spend billions in technology, especially for the military. But we still are humiliated and destroyed. We cannot wake up in the morning and forget Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, and other parts of our Ummah. Allah said:
“O you who believe! Fear Allah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do. And be not like those who forgot Allah (i.e. became disobedient to Allah), and He caused them to forget their own selves (let them to forget to do righteous deeds). Those are the rebellious.” (Qur’an, 59:18-19)Forgetfulness is a state of mind. When the person forgets Allah, they are in a dangerous state. The path of Islam is clear, but who will take hold of Islam? Who will stand up and be true and sincere Muslims? Allah also revealed:
“Have We not made for him two eyes, and a tongue and two lips? And shown him the two ways (good and evil)? But he has not attempted to pass on the path that is steep (i.e. the path which will lead to goodness and success).” (Qur’an, 90:8-11)
Tribalism will lead us to destruction. Divisions based on color, organizations, and groups will decimate our ranks. We need a new Islamic World Order. We need people who put the Qur’an and the Sunnah above everything. We need people who do not discriminate because of color or language, who do not scandalize other believers and struggle with each other for power, who are part of our society and are not controlled by un-Islamic culture, who do not resort to the unbelievers to judge between them in their courts, and finally people who are not afraid to speak openly yet do not attack individuals without just cause.If we do not mend our ways, Allah has made a promise:
“O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islam), Allah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the way of Allah, and never fear the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (Qur’an, 5:54) – The Message SG