I believe that the best way of doing things in life is by reflecting what Allah has Ordained upon mankind and with the adoption of our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) traditions and sunnah.
The redundance of information and doctrines that are disseminated through cyberspace may lead us to confusion. Each time when I am led astray by the Western dominated realm of ideas, I would deviate from the flow to return to my Ultimate compass : Quran and Sunnah. It keeps me in line and focused with an objective rather than clamouring for the unknown.
When one mentions of the word Politics, it conjures a negative connotation to each of our minds. People say that “Politic is dirty” but Al-Ghazzali asserts that “Politics is the highest form of art”. Paradoxical as it may seem but why and what are the two contradictories?
Definition of Politics and Wants
Politics is about who gets what, when and how? This definition would definitely involve at least two actors attempting to achieve their ‘WANTS’*. Their wants may be of the same thing or different. The most important basis is that their wants would be something that they value most at that particular time. This is where Economy comes in with the Barter trade system.
In another aspect, the understanding of human wants could be reflected by referring to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. How about the history of wants as related in the Quran? I recall when Adam was yearning for companionship. Hence, the creation of Hawa. The conflict of interest between Abel and Cain which turned ugly is also another example of “wants” or nafs as a significant feature of human beings.
Politics is about A being able to make B do what A wants. To make another person do what we want could be achieved through various measures; A) Coercion, B) Influence directly-persuasion, C) Influence indirectly-manipulation of the human existence and their needs.
All these while, our daily conversations would only involve the politics of amongst us. I wondered whether there is such thing known as “God’s Politics”. Does our Creator Himself practice politics to His creations? Indeed, we really are political animals by nature.
Allah has created us to serve (sembah) Him in this life. He wants us to serve Him and be close to Him. How? Let’s say for example by basically fulfilling those 5 commandments of Islam. Amr ma’ruf nahi munkar. In order to make us obey and do what He Wants, He Promises us of punishments and rewards in the Hereafter. Logically, if He is the Most Powerful Entity, why should He provide us with both of these conditioning stimulus to encourage and discourage our behaviors?
This is one illustration of God’s politics with His creations. His politics is a blessing that enables us to make sense of reality by the nature of causality (cause-effect) that he has devised. I wonder, what are the other reasons for His Politics with his Creations?
*For the purpose of this writing, Needs is included as wants because when a person is in need of something it becomes a wanted interest.