Monday, 16 January 2017

Mawdudi Disparages Sawad al-A'dham (The Majority of Muslims)

Abul Alaa Mawdudi had a very dim view of the Muslim Ummah. According to him, the vast majority of Muslims are ignorant about the reality of Islam (apart from him and his Jama'ati Islami of course). Regarding the Sawad al-A'zam (lit. "the great blackness") meaning the mass of the Muslims, Mawdudi says:

مسلمانوں کی سب سے بڑی کمزوری یہ ہے کہ ان کا سواد اعظم اپنی قومی تہذیب اور اس کی امتیادی خصوصیات سے ناواقف ہے حتی کہ اس میں ان حدود کا شعور تک باقی نہیں رہا ہے جو اسلام کو غیر اسلام سے ممیّز کرتی ہیں۔
"The greatest weakness of the Muslim is that their Sawad-i-A'zam is not acquainted with either their national culture or peculiarities, to the extent that they cannot even distinguish between what is Islam and what isn't Islam."

Reference: Musalman aur Mojuda Siasi Kashmakash; p. 26

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