This lecture of Dr Israr Ahmed is based on the hadith
'Abdullah bin 'Amar al-'Aas reported Allah's Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), as saying: "My people (Ummah) will undergo and experience all those conditions which were suffered by the Children of Israel in a Manner of resemblance in which a shoe of a pair resembles the other shoe." (Tirmidhi)
In this lecture Dr Israr Ahmed has explained the rise and fall of Jewish Ummah based on history, and how the Muslim Ummah is following the footsteps of them as correctly mentioned in the hadith.
The substance of this video lecture draws mainly from a long article published by Dr. Israr Ahmed under the title RISE AND DECLINE OF THE MUSLIM UMMAH in the October/November 1974 issue of 'Meesaq' magazine. It was later included in a booklet entitled 'Sar-Afgandem' which comprises, among other things, the contents of a marathon speech delivered at the end of 21-days long Qur'anic study camp held at Lahore in September 1974, in which Dr. Israr Ahmed publicly announced the formation of 'Tanzeem-e-Islami' - a well disciplined religious group to work for the propagation and revival of Islam in its totality.
Dr. Israr Ahmed's analysis presented here avoids the so called cool and uncommitted academicism typical of modern writers of Islamic themes. It cannot be squared with an anti-activist or 'spectator' view of Islam and Islamic literature that aims merely at an enlargement of the understanding. Indeed here it becomes an essentially practical subject of vital importance: it seeks to get Muslims to do things. He firmly believes that if history is read backwards, it is lived forwards. Dr. Israr Ahmed has a clear and well-defined view of the 'future imperative' regarding the revival and resurgence of Islam. Moreover, he himself sounds an optimistic note in the beginning of this monograph about a world embracing movement towards Islamic renaissance. Islam's inner capacity for renewal has more than once surprised both friends and foes. It has at various times raised up reformers to rekindle the light of faith when it had grown dim. It has better chance than any other faith or ideology of holding and extending its power over the hearts and wills of men, as there is a fresh search for reality, especially among the young and the highly educated. One thing that becomes clear from a perusal of this video lecture is that the warp and wool of the author's entire thinking is made up with Qur'anic concepts. The very categories of his thinking are those of the Qur'an and the prophetic traditions. He does not quote from the Qur'an just to prove his point or buttress his argument. The Qur'an, for him, is meant to inspire and we must look to it for the stimulus to spiritual experience and historical understanding. It is only through practice and experience and not through clever interpretation that we can give it genuine significance. The spontaneity and facility with which he quotes the Qur'anic verses amply shows that the teachings of the Divine Book permeate his thinking and imagination thoroughly.
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