understanding of religion and the regimes that safeguard ignorance are
responsible for the state of deterioration the Islamic world is
Authority H.E. Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah was asked about the state of
deterioration that the Islamic and Arab worlds is witnessing, he
We agree with those
who say that one of the reasons of backwardness and deterioration of
the Islamic and Arab worlds lies in the wrong understanding of
religion that made it in the minds of a lot of people a set of rites
and traditions that no longer seeks the dynamic truth. Islam has
considered that recognizing this dynamism, as well as seeking
knowledge, as one of the religious duties that are ordained on every
But we have at the
same time to look for the reasons of this deterioration, the most
prominent of which are the political lines of the rulers in the Arab
and Muslim worlds. Those rulers have prevented their peoples from any
movement, out of fear for their thrones, thus becoming the champions
of ignorance, since they believe that any progress in the various
fields of knowledge will be accompanied by political change.
Islam is therefore
not responsible for this state of deterioration in the Arab and Muslim
worlds. It was Islam that made civilization for the world in the
previous centuries until it was said:
“the Islamic civilization is the mother of modern
civilizations”. Nevertheless, there are two factors that hinder the
progress of the Muslims and the Arabs.
The First is the
wrong understanding of religion, while the second is the regimes that
sponsor and promote this understanding, since it allows them to
continue to exist and provides additional means to besiege those who
call for reform and change.
Thus, we emphasize
the importance and necessity of becoming integrated into the modern
industrial world, but we wonder if the regimes are ready to work in
this direction. Moreover, we would like to ask about the mechanisms
that will be employed to reach this goal, especially after most of
these regimes have yielded to the American dictates, with their main
goal of preventing the Arabs and Muslims from possessing any source of
strength, whether scientific or military, especially with the
accusations of being terrorist or of seeking to own weapons of mass
destruction ready to be used against them.
That is why we call
for popular movements in the Arab and Islamic worlds that seeks to get
out of this fatal stagnant situation that prevents our nation from
interacting with it causes, especially in view of what they are
preparing for to Iraq: an invasion that will rape what is left of the
nation resources and end any political independence it may still have.
This stage is one of
the most critical stages in our history, and unless the Arab street
acts quickly a catastrophe is awaiting us all.