A world system

Do you know what the system of this world is? Tajudeen bin Tijani writes that the Quran claims to ha

Those of us who are curious enough to find a "winning formula" for success in this world engage ourselves in all sorts of activities such as observation, investigation, evaluation and so on. This in turn leads to selecting from the options made available as a result of these activities attempted. It is definitely worth mentioning that these activities lead us to choose what "winning formula" we put into practice. We keep on trying and tweaking whatever options we select until it proves to be deemed as a "winning formula" to us.

Guess what, the Quran claims to inform us on the system of this world, for we are informed as per the Quran that God is the initiator of this world and designed a system therein.

So let us examine some of the claims of this system:

  • The Absolute Authority is in full control of the system, also known as the best provider, protector and supporter.
  • The Absolute Authority endorses divine law whereby no human can make illegal such laws.
  • Law and guidance is delivered to the human inhabitants of this world via messengers chosen by the absolute authority.
  • The messengers’ role is to deliver this message, and choose to follow it for their own individual good.
  • The essence of the message is the same- One Absolute Authority to revere (i.e. God, The Almighty, The Creator, The Most High etc.), other than this is detrimental to the human.
  • Humans are allowed ‘freedom of choice’ to willingly believe or disbelieve in God, however, with this freedom comes the responsibility.
  • This world is temporary, and death is inevitable for humans, however, there is a hereafter of eternity in heaven or hell.
  • No nation or community is destroyed without prior warnings.
  • Tribulation directly incurred should trigger a change in the human condition to ponder and do better, and more importantly turn to God.
  • Humans are rewarded for being obedient, steadfast, persevering, patient, calm, honest, humble, truthful, equitable, charitable etc.
  • Humans with the abovementioned traits maintained are always in the minority.
  • Humans are given a lifetime opportunity to do better and develop their essence.

Do we think these claims stand up to some scrutiny? Well, I think it does, and please ponder on the following:

  • We are informed to trace back homage to the only one whom homage is truly due.
  • We are informed to follow the source of inspiration, and not the inspired to go no wrong.
  • We are informed to play our individual part, however, it is not our responsibility to try to save the world.
  • We are informed to submit to the absolute authority and His divine law in order to be in harmony with the system of this world.

Regardless of this straightforward and clear account, many of those who call themselves Muslims and should know better about God and His system as per the Quran are second guessing and even worse attributing lies, or rejecting and disregarding His system. Can we blame anyone but ourselves, if we use up this opportunity to develop as humans to second guess whom God will or will not punish, whose prayers will be answered, how long is long as per the dress code or beard of others and so on?

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The Brexit slowdown is real

As Europe surges ahead, the UK is enduring its worst economic growth for five years. 

The recession that the Treasury and others forecast would follow the EU referendum never came. But there is now unmistakable evidence of an economic slowdown. 

Growth in the second quarter of this year was 0.3 per cent, which, following quarter one's 0.2 per cent, makes this the worst opening half since 2012. For individuals, growth is now almost non-existent. GDP per capita rose by just 0.1 per cent, continuing the worst living standards recovery on record. 

That Brexit helped cause the slowdown, rather than merely coincided with it, is evidenced by several facts. One is that, as George Osborne's former chief of staff Rupert Harrison observes, "the rest of Europe is booming and we're not". In the year since the EU referendum, Britain has gone from being one of the west's strongest performers to one of its weakest. 

The long-promised economic rebalancing, meanwhile, is further away than ever. Industrial production and manufacturing declined by 0.4 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively, with only services (up 0.5 per cent) making up for the shortfall. But with real wage growth negative (falling by 0.7 per cent in the three months to May 2017), and household saving at a record low, there is limited potential for consumers to continue to power growth. The pound's sharp depreciation since the Brexit vote has cut wages (by increasing inflation) without producing a corresponding rise in exports. 

To the UK's existing defects – low productivity, low investment and low pay – new ones have been added: political uncertainty and economic instability. As the clock runs down on its departure date, Britain is drifting towards Brexit in ever-worse shape. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.