In 360 CE, Plato started talking about the ideal socio-political state which he called the ‘Republic’, and over the centuries people have tried to find or establish this perfect society without success. Although most people never realized it, this ideal society really existed; it was there in the social system built by Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. in Madinah, a system that operated according to Allah’s guidance and Islamic teachings. This righteous system survived after the death of Rasulullah and throughout the period of influence of his four wise and rightly-guided followers as Caliphs (Khulafa’ Ar-Rashidin): Abu Bakar RA, Umar Al-Khattab RA, Uthman RA and Ali RA.

When Abu Bakar was Caliph, he appointed Umar Al-Khattab as a judge. As reported by Western orientalist, months used to pass by with no one coming to Umar with any complaint. Finally, Umar came to the Caliph – according to our present days terms – present his resignation, saying “I have nothing to do. You hired me as a judge over people who knew their duties and accomplished them and who knew their rights and didn’t transgress them.”

How would you feel if you lived in such a society? You wake up every morning knowing that justice prevails, love and care surround you and mercy is your society’s main slogan. Have you ever dreamed that our brothers in Palestine, Xinjiang, Chechnya and so on live in safety without worrying of being shot or stabbed from nowhere? Currently, anywhere around the world, it is always the Muslims are the victims. I can’t imagine how a Muslim can sleep unheeding on his comfortable bed while violent oppression taking place worldwide.

The path is still too far yet not impossible. Just a simple thought from me. By the way, Happy Eid Mubarak! Kullu ‘aam wa antum bil khoir. Maaf zahir dan batin.