An Islamic Vision for Tomorrow’s America
“Surely man has nothing but what he strives for and the fruit of his striving will soon be seen,”
Al Quran S:26;1
Our future as Muslims and the future of our country America are inextricably linked. The vast and varied condition of our social, economic and political landscape can be transformed for the betterment of all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims. What we do today will give shape to tomorrow’s America. So what are we to do and where do we begin the process of shaping tomorrow’s America.
Let us begin by realizing that any work we begin in the process of national transformation must necessarily begin with our own selves as individuals. Not one of us must remain disengaged, uninvolved, untransformed. The character of the country in which we live is most assuredly determined by the character of us as individuals. It is also essential that we share the same vision, goals and methods for accomplishing the task ahead of us. The statement declaring this as “One nation under God,” is valid from an Islamic standpoint. And as a key to solving the many problems that we face, it is the most excellent point to which we must return. Our vision for America must be shared. We must be full participants in the values, plans and processes that shape the future of America.
By all accounts America is in trouble, our economy is failing, our educational system is in trouble, and our ethics and morals are on trial. Over the last 15 years we’ve been engaged in a war that we can’t win that has cost countless billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of our young men and women, If we have and any vision for the recovery of America’s values and standards, it will only happen by our effort and collaborations with others that share the vision of an America reborn. We are in desperate need of change!
We need a vision for America with limits but not limitations that stifle and prevent growth and progress. However we need limits that prevent us from spiraling into the pit of self-destruction because of unbridled permissiveness, mismanagement of resources and poor judgment in international policy making.
As Americans our perception of the condition of our country should not be formed by how much we are able to amass or enjoy; Even within our own boarders, too many are neglected, abused, marginalized or simply forgotten. It is also equally important that we realize we are not in this world alone; too much of our world is in turmoil, too many people are suffering for us to hold the view that things are good while others suffer so tremendously.