Philosophically thinking, the biggest
problem of the world is forgetting Allah, the creator; to become indifferent
of His existence. Allah subhana wa ta-a-la said, "O Man! what has
seduced thee from thy Lord Most Benificent?" (82:6). At present day
it is indeed a reality that mankind is negligent of their creator. Atheistic
beliefs are predominant in Europe and a major trend in America. Russia
had been a self declared atheist nation for long. Even among the believers,
many are skeptics. Skeptics don't openly claim that there is no Creator
but they are insensitive about the existence of a creator and do not consider
remembrance of Him as an important matter.
This is the condition of all communities, even those who believe in God
are oblivious of Him in their practical life. In comparison, however,
the Muslims are yet less affected by atheism and skepticism. They are
more or less practicing believers. Even the Muslims, who consider themselves
secular, observe the Islamic rituals to some extent. They too say their
prayers, do fasting in the Ramadan, celebrate the Eids and care about
the Halal and Haraam.
Forgetfulness of God has basically created two problems: materialism and
atheism. The above mentioned two are the fundamental reason of the crisis
of the world today. It can be mentioned that hard-core or extreme secularism
produce same kind of behaviour as the atheists and skeptics.
The forgetfulness of God has also affected the education system, which
is entirely built upon secularism. Present day science is based on secular
perception. European scholars and even the Muslim scholars today do not
begin their books with "the name of Creator or God". On the
contrary, when the Muslims were making development in science, learning
from China and India, they contributed into many branches of sciences.
At that time, Muslim scientists used to start every books of science in
the name of their Lord. They were sincere believers. But the European
scientists, not being believers of God or considering expression of belief
to be a humiliating fact, never mentioned the name of the creator. Muslim
scientists of today can write it. Unfortunately they are also not doing
it these days. Earlier writing the name of God was the custom. Today avoding
it has become the custom.
In books of sciences there is no reference to the word Allah or God. The
word 'Creator' is not used at all. It is an amazing thing. In some cases,
the term 'nature' is used instead of creator, which is very confusing.
What is 'nature' is not clear at all. They never think how these natural
laws came into existence. How come laws could exist without a lawgiver
(creator of the law)? They claim to be the most rational, but I am finding
no rationality at all in this point.
The modern science has numerous benefits and uses, we agree to that. But
it is driven by a mind that is skeptic on the question of God. A mind
that does not recognize God, does not mention God, even considers mentioning
God an uncivilized matter. These concepts behind modern scientific thinking
are affecting our culture and promoting skepticism and atheism.
Some social sciences maintains similar view in this issue. Sociology assumes
that religion is a man-made concept. But they could have promoted the
concept that God has created us, and gives us a tendency to be social
by giving a social mind. Inclination to communal life of human beings
is the design and part of plan of God. That is why we become united and
form society. The anthropologists are not admitting that God has created
human beings. They completely reject this idea. Anthropology is trying
to discover the origin of man by digging into the earth searching for
fossils. From those they are saying that human being came into existence
spontaneously; there is no Creator.
I would like to mention here that poverty is a big crisis of present day
world. A large number of people cannot remain good and honest because
of poverty. This crisis is also in the ultimate analysis a product of
atheism, secularism and hedonism. Most of the people have become secularist
today. It appears that they do not feel the importance of working for
the poor and eliminating poverty. Particularly the capitalists of the
world don't seem to want this at all. There is no mention of any real
concern for the poor in the literature of economics of capitalism. It
mentions profit, open market; it talks about non-intervention of the government
in financial issues. But it never really solves the problem of market
distortion. Capitalism has become an inhuman economic thought in the name
of Positivism, the other name of discarding moral principles in the economic
field. It never mentions elimination of poverty. Some capitalist nations
do take action against poverty but they are doing that by going out of
the framework of capitalism, not because this is the demand of capitalist
Colonialism and Imperialism are also offshoots of materialism. The inspiration
to seek more and more pleasaure for oneself and his nation is the root
of these concepts. Exploiting the people for one's own benefit is their
purpose. The selfishness and capitalism are not unrelated. All these concepts
together have made man irresponsible and have made him hedonist and self-seekers.
The responsible people are actually those who fear Allah and do not exploit
Thus, I must say the root of all problems is forgetfulness of the Creator.
This is the reason for which our prophets came and told us to obey our
Thus, the solution of the crisis of the world today is bringing the faith
of God back among the people, both the Muslims and non-Muslim. I shall
say that believing in any religion is far better than atheism. Because
every religion has some ethics. Atheism has no ethics. The atheist thinks
himself to be independent and not responsible to any higher Being.
He thinks his actions will never be judged, no one will even question
about his actions. So, he can do anything in this world. People like this
are dangerous for the society. For this reason, faith in God should be
reestablished among the people. We have to let people recognize God, as
firmly as possible. We have to have moral basis in education. This is
how we can eliminate selfishness from the humanity and can solve the root-cause
of all problems of the world. Of course, we have to do many other things
for peace and progress of humanity.
(Translated by Taufiq Hasan, a University faculty, Bangladesh
from author's Bangla article.)