Islamic welfare State
Imran Khan denounced the election of Raja Pervez Ashraf as Prime Minister .He said the purpose was to cover up the alleged corruption of Mr. Zardari. This alliance between PTI and JI may prosper if both parties work for an Islamic welfare State. In one of his rare speeches, Quaid-e-Azam said, “the preaching of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) introduced a religion which created from Delhi to Gharnata a very pleasant revolution in the lowliness of spiritual, mental, social, political and economic fields in a remarkable short time. Even today the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) are calling us. Let us listen to them.”
There are many verses in the Holy Qur’an which guide us to establish an Islamic welfare State. Emphasis on knowledge and exploration of the universe. The nations which have excelled in acquiring knowledge of science and technology are dominating the world. With the spirit of enquiry into the secrets of the universe Muslim scholars became the torch bearers in various areas of scientific research in the years 700 to 1500 years AD. Good governance through consultation and election of the Khalifa through voting, i.e. bayt. These are the basic and fundamental ideas from which democracy was born. There is no concept of kingship or dynastic monarchy in Islam but unfortunately it developed when after Khulafa-e-Rashedeen, the Caliphs, became virtually dynastic kings or dictators.
Good governance in Islam is based on social justice while its economic philosophy is based on equitable distribution of wealth among the masses. Concentration of wealth in a few hands has been strictly forbidden by God who has repeatedly ordered that the rich must share their wealth with the poor and the needy. In modern terms this is the blueprint of an egalitarian society and a welfare state. The concept of “mushavarat”. In the sixth year of Hijra, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) set on with some 1400 Muslims from Madina to visit the Kabah. But as he drew near, they were warned that Quraish had gathered in large numbers to stop them from entering Kabah. However the Holy Prophet (PBUH) made a detour and entered the valley of Maccah and encamped at a place called Al Hudaibiah.
The holy Prophet (PBUH) sent Hazrat Usman as an emissary to open parleys with Quraish, but he was detained and a rumour was spread that Hazrat Usman was killed by the infidels. It was then that the Holy Prophet (PBUH), sitting under a tree took an oath from his followers that they would hold together and fight till death. However it was known that the rumour was false and Hazrat Usman was alive. Ultimately the Quraish agreed to a truce provided the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his followers would give up their plans to visit Kabah now and would be allowed to enter Maccah the next year t to perform Hajj. This was described by God as Fath-e-Mobin in Surah Al-Fatah. This was the victory of “diplomacy and Mushavarat by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) which God praised in glorious terms.