Murad explores some of the basic principles that need to be considered when examining the history of the umma (community) and what large lessons might be learned from it.
In particular, he looks at those which can be described as ‘sharia-oriented’ or theological. Two of them in particular have been important to Muslims: How does power and statehood work? What is the role of the Muslim regarding political power: should one seek it? What should be one’s relationship to a ruler?
The second is a theological issue: what is actually happening in history? Is history just a kind of puppet show? Is there a reality to cause and effect?
And beyond that is the issue of destiny and providence. Is there a discernable pattern – God’s way of dealing with human beings – that can enable us to see history as something that has a religious significance and that can continue to teach us?
Audio courtesy of Muhammad Hüdayi. © www.lastprophet.info