Ancient Muslims were better Muslims than the ones we observe today. Modern rulers including Imperialistic rulers are bent on creating all sorts of gaps under the guise of protection or governance. For example, a lot of money is thrown into building stronger armed forces and intimidating other countries instead of focusing on creating more durable international ties and treaties. Another instance of such oppression is the Rich Poor Gap that exists in many rich countries like Canada. All of this is done in a very clever manner so all the average joes are left singing praises of their countries. For instance, Canada is well-known for harassing citizens by expecting them to earn their wages in an unstable economy and even while having really bad circumstances like aching teeth and no healthy food. Thus, Canada is considered rich but her people are unproductive and unhappy.
I have spent lots of time learning about Islam and the West as well because I started studying at a very young age. However, I can easily state that I still know less because of the nature of my segmented education (most of the time, I study these subjects during spare time only) and the amount of reliable information that is really out there. I think of myself as a young and budding scholar. And, I am not surprised that I can still easily state that ancient Muslims were far better rulers than what we are forced to observe today. For example, when I was a teenager, I learned a story in my Pakistani “Islamic Studies” class. I learned how generous acts are mandatory in Islam and can easily open the gates of Heaven. I was so happy to learn that the Muslim Rulers inlcuding Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and several of his close companions used to distribute their wealth after they would bring their trade processions to their homeland. This wealth was routinely distributed in the marketplace by the rulers themselves; this way, the people could access the minds and wealth of their rulers and influence their decisions. Most of the rulers would go back home with sufficient and very less money, which they needed to help their family members.
I used to feel very awed by this example because I had not seen in real life simply; this is because the rulers of my world are very greedy people. For many years, like more than 20 years, I held onto this thought because I needed to know why they did this. After reading and researching many concepts and ideas over time, I understood something vital. These Muslim traders including Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) were fitter than the rest of the population. Other people could not have been that successful in bringing thousands and thousands of camels that are loaded with real gold and valuables. So to manintain fairness and equality, i.e. to protect people who have slightly different IQ than theirs, they used to give away their wealth. Thus, their people slowly became more productive and loving in nature; and, that is how Islam became a popular religion and still is because it does not believe in the survival of the fittest. Rather, it points to the mental and physical abilities as critical definition of the humans that can still flourish really well in a healthy environment created by those who are able to do so.
Saying all this, I must comment that I can still point to some Muslims who can be considered great leaders although they are filtering information from this current world. For instance, the Army Battallion Captain who taught me a bit of the Army curriculum when I was a teenager (First Aid, Marching, Running, and Shooting), treated me like his own child. He was loving and protective of me; and, he used to make sure that I would get my rest whenever I would ask for it. His manner of speech was like that of a real mother, which is why I found it easy to intimidate him with phrases like, “If I want to, I won’t listen to you at all.” He used to laugh at all the queer stuff I could come up with because he found me funny. I studied under his supervision for around a year; and, I found it interesting to notice that he was so nice and humble despite having so many rewards and despite being able to intimidate his peers with his intelligence, strategical thinking, expertise, and emtions. So he grew me really well and taught me about choosing things properly and slowly. I feel that his manner of conduct made him a great leader although he is still nowhere near the amazing ancient examples I have studied. I think this is because those examples are from a time when information was processed differently due to circumstances.
Lastly, I must point out that the quest for power destroys the mind. But, those of us who are reacting better when they feel loved and protective have better minds because these minds are versed in interdependence, which is a vital element of the emotion Love. Ancient Muslim Rulers had this too; and, it showed in form of covenants that are designed to protect the Christians are anyone else who chose to live in the Islamic countries.
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