Muhammad Asad and Alija Izetbegovic (rahimahumallahu ta’ala)

Muhammad Asad and Alija Izetbegovic (rahimahumallahu ta’ala) were too great contemporary Muslim thinkers of the last century. Click on the following link and you will find a good read on how how they thought on the islamic state:  Here is one of the quotes from that essay by Alija Izetbegovic:

An islamic society without an islamic authority is incomplete and without power; islamic governance without an islamic society is either utopia or violence.

Subhanallah what a powerful statement by him and how true this is. He was a man of great vision. We can see many examples of this in recent history, think of Somalia right now and what is happening there. I remember a statement by Muhammad Asad in this context that was also very true: “the implentation of the hudud laws is the final stage of the islamic state and not the other way around“. Or something like that, I can’t remember where I read it. This is the big mistake many islamic revival movements have made – in my humble opinion – when wanting to implement the shari’ah when they took power or want to take power in a certain state.

I encourage anyone to read the books mentioned in the essay above, including myself. I have read some of the things of Muhammad Asad like his biography “The Road to Mecca” (partly) and parts of his Qur’an translation and explanation. A beautiful documentary about his life with the same name also has been made recently and can be seen on the internet if you search well; I have seen it in Dutch. I have not read anything yet by Alija Izetbegovic although his books are available in English.



Filed under Contemporary muslim intellectuals, Famous persons, Interesting articles, Scholars

2 responses to “Muhammad Asad and Alija Izetbegovic (rahimahumallahu ta’ala)


    thanks for the islamic education. it helped me a lot.

    your fan adnaan amin

  2. haruni

    You are most welcome brother, I appreciate your comment and support, may Allah reward you!

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