Early Indo-Muslim Mystics and their Attitude Towards the State

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Early Indo-Muslim Mystics and their Attitude Towards the State
Year: 
1948
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Islamic Culture
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22
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Start Page: 
387
End Page: 
398
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English
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Khaliq Ahmad Nizami, "Early Indo-Muslim Mystics and their Attitude towards the State." Islamic Culture 22 (1948), pp. 387-98; 23 (1949), pp. 13-21, 162-70, 312-24; 24 (1950), pp. 60-71.
 
 
MUSLIM Mystics of the early Middle Ages gave a wide berth to
the government of the time and developed an attitude of contempt
and indifference towards it. This spirit of isolationism mingled
with poignant hatred of all things associated with the State, embodied
the reaction of the religious-minded Mussalmans to the Saltanat which
they regarded as un-Islamic and the government which to them was
an evil though a necessary one. They regarded with dismay the sad spectacle of Muslim rulers drifting away from the ideals of Islam and wallowing
in the mud and mire of sordid materialism. To them Islam stood for
things nobler and purer than what the rulers conceived it to be. It had
come not to establish empires which perpetuated differences between
man and man but to bring them liberty and equality and give them the
opportunity of self-realisation. That ideal being relegated to the background,
they turned their back on the State. They could not bow their
knees before thrones. The days when the service of the State meant the
service of Islam were dead. The mystic was not prepared to serve class
interests and direct the energies of a· world-force into the parochial
channels of dynastic ambitions.

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