Monday, 5 June 2017

Mawdudi: Moral Reformation of Mankind Not Possible without Political Power


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the previous entry I discussed Mawdudi’s novel but dangerous idea that Deen is synonymous with government and political power. In this entry we will look at Mawdudi’s contention that it is impossible to reform the morals of a society without access to the government and political power. Mawdudi writes:

تو محض تبلیغ و تلقین کے زور سے یہ کام نہیں ہوسکتا۔ البتہ حکومت کا زور آپکے پاس ہو تو یہ سب کچھ ہونا ممکن ہے۔

اصلاح خلق کی کوئی اسکیم بھی حکومت کے اختیارات پر قبضہ کۓ بغیر نہیں چل سکتی۔ جو کوئی حقیقت میں خدا کی زمین سے فتنہ و فساد کو مٹانا چاہتا ہو اور واقعی یہ چاہتا ہو کہ خلق خدا کی اصلاح ہو تو اس کیلئے محض واعظ اور ناصح بن کر کام کرنا فضول ہے۔ اسے اٹھنا چاہۓ اور غلط اصول کی حکومت کا خاتمہ کر کے غلط کار لوگوں کے ہاتھ سے اقتدار چھین کر صحیح اصول اور صحیح طریقے کی حکومت قائم کرنی چاہۓ۔

“No scheme for the reformation of mankind will work without seizing control of the powers of the government. Whoever truly wishes to obliterate evil and corruption from God’s Earth and truly wants that the creation of God be morally reformed, then for him to merely become a preacher and adviser is useless. He should rise up and put an end to the government based on incorrect principles by grabbing political power from the hands of deviated people and establish a government based on correct principles and correct ways.” (Khutbat; p.260)


Furthermore, according to Mawdudi, the root cause of the people being morally corrupt is that their government and rulers are corrupt:

آپکو یہ تو معلوم ہوگیا کہ بندگان خدا کی زندگی میں جو خرابیاں پھیلتی ہیں ان کی جڑ بڑی حد تک حکومت کی خرابی ہے

“You have learnt that to a large extent the root of the corruption which spreads in the lives of God’s servants is due to the corruption of the government” (ibid)
 


 

1 comment:

  1. *Needless to say, Mawdudi's contention that moral reformation is impossible without political power is something that opposes the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and Sunnah. We know that the Prophets of God, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them) were sent to reform mankind through their preaching and counseling to the people. However, Mawdudi absurdly claims that merely preaching is futile for the purpose of reforming mankind.

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