In an exclusive interaction with one of the successful and visionary entrepreneurs and community leaders, Mr. Ehsan Haji Amin Gadawala, Vice President of World Memon Organisation and Chairman of Ala Group of Companies shared why the 2nd largest majority community of India and the world – Muslims are suffering due to lack of community leadership and how can it bounce back.
Q: After 75+ years of independence, do you think Muslims have a Self-Development Plan? If not, what should it be like, according to you?
A: Many great Muslim leaders and scholars in India had put forward proposals a long time back, for the sustainable and prosperous existence of Muslims in India. However, Muslims collectively failed to implement those visionary insights in their daily practices. For instance, Sayed Ahmad Raza Khan had proposed a four-fold course of action for the self-development of Muslims in India, which can bind them with a strong community sense as well as put them at the pedestal of economic self-sufficiency.
- Muslims must strive to resolve the inside disputes among themselves not giving any chance to foes outside intervention or courts unless necessary
- Muslims need to ensure sufficient money flow among its members, especially its businessmen and traders
- The wealthy Muslims collectively need to set up an interest-free bank and successfully run it
- At the bottom of everything, Muslims need to prioritize Islam and Prophetic teaching other than their daily worldly affair.
Syed Raza Khan said these things a century back but these teachings are valid even today.
I believe that we need to produce and promote more visionary leaders who can find real balance between Islam and the modern world of the 21st century we are living in. Indian Muslims pathetically lack visionary leadership not only in politics but in Science, technology, and even in Islamic matters. We need to invest our quality time in making visionary leaders from our youth. Though it may take ten or twenty years, if we could be able to achieve that with consistency and strong resolve, the next generation won’t go astray. These processes need to be carried out by local communities in each state or district.
Q: Do you think Muslim youth and women are rightly guided? How to show them the right path?
A: As far as women are concerned, Islam always had provided reasonably good space and agency to harness their potential. The wealth and patience of Kadeeja (Ra) and the abundant knowledge and intellect of Aysha (Ra) had been instrumental in the development of Islam. As previously said, we also need to produce visionary women scholars and leaders and women entrepreneurs who are self-sufficient in looking into Islamic scriptures and produce fatwas, and running businesses according to Islamic ethics and values.