International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

Muslim Powerlessness and the Nation-State

Muhammad Yusuf Saleem

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics    Management Sciences,

International Islamic University, Malaysia


Allah (SWT) in order to save communities from injustice makes them check and counter each other.  This mutual checking produces the necessary balance and equilibrium that enable human societies to live in peace and tranquility.  When the Muslim Ummah was powerful this provided the required check over other communities that consequently brought about justice and order to human societies.  However, Muslims are in decline, they are no longer able to check other communities and defend themselves.   There are many factors responsible for the powerlessness of the Muslim World.  This paper focuses on the composition of the Muslim nation-state and its consequences.  It argues that the present treatment of ethnic, cultural, and lingual diversities within the Muslim nation-state is the source of many problems that confront the Muslim world.  The paper argues for the recognition of ethnic, lingual and cultural diversities within the Muslim nation-state.  The policy of accommodation may, to a greater extent, eliminate and sources of conflicts within the Muslim nation-state and among the nation-states.   This subsequently may bring about a degree of unity to the Muslim world that would enable them to check and counter other communities.