Mankind today is on the brink of a precipice, not because of the danger of
complete annihilation which is hanging over its head - this being just a symptom
and not the real disease - but because humanity is devoid of those vital values
which are necessary not only for its healthy development but also for its real
progress. Even the Western world realizes that Western civilization is unable to
present any healthy values for the guidance of mankind. It knows that it does
not possess anything which will satisfy its own conscience and justify its
It is essential for mankind to have a new leadership...
It is necessary for the new leadership to preserve and develop the material
fruits of the creative genius of Europe, and also to provide mankind with such
high ideals and values as have so far remained undiscovered by mankind, and
which will also acquaint humanity with a way of life which is harmonious with
human nature, which positive and constructive, and which is practicable.
Islam is the only system which possesses these values and this way of life.
If we look at the sources and foundations of modern ways of living, it
becomes clear that the whole world is steeped in Jahiliyya (pagan ignorance of
divine guidance), and all the marvellous material comforts and high-level
inventions do not diminish this Ignorance. This Jahiliyya is based on rebellion
against God's sovereignty on earth: It transfers to man one of the greatest
attributes of God, namely sovereignty, and makes some men lords over others. It
is now not in that simple and primitive form of the ancient Jahiliyya, but takes
the form of claiming that the right to create values, to legislate rules of
collective behavior, and to choose any way of life rests with men, without
regard to what God has prescribed. The result of this rebellion against the
authority of God is the oppression of His creatures...
The Islamic civilization can take various forms in its material and
organizational structure, but the principles and values on which it is based are
eternal and unchangeable. These are: the worship of God alone, the foundation of
human relationships on the belief in the Unity of God, the supremacy of the
humanity of man over material things, the development of human values and the
control of animalistic desires, respect for the family, the assumption of the
vice-regency of God on earth according to His guidance and instruction, and in
all affairs of this vice-regency, the rule of God's law [al-Shari'a] and the way
of life prescribed by Him...
In the scale of God, the true weight is the weight of faith; in God's market
the only commodity in demand is the commodity of faith. The highest form of
triumph is the victory of soul over matter, the victory of belief over pain, and
the victory of faith over persecution.