Unity. Faith. Discipline.

The picture above might show us the universalist nature of the world we are now living in. On the left is a French-Swiss philosopher who preferred to dress like an Ottoman citizen, defended the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and became the father of modern political thought – Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In the middle is a Muslim leader whose taste for elegant European clothes was as widely known as his strict adherence to the parliamentary methods of democracy, and he founded the largest Muslim state of the twentieth century – Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. On the right is an American social scientist who desired a ‘world state’ and was known to her contemporaries as a mystic among political scientists – Mary Parker Follett.

These people are not the figments of romantic imagination. They were real. Along with other members of their school of thought they have shaped the world we live in. This might give us a further reassurance that Marghdeen is possible. What is needed is that we identify this specific school of thought on the basis of its essential ‘creed’, i.e. our intentions matter more than what we understand and what we know; human will is destiny, and we can achieve anything by desiring it together.

A complete list of the most prominent ‘pioneers’ would be quite long. In addition to those mentioned on this page, it would also include Vishvamitra, Zoroaster, Cyrus the Great, Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, Rumi, Goethe and many others. The following list is by no complete as it simply consists of links to some of the writings where I have tried to show the relevance of some of these pioneers to the concept of Marghdeen.

Sir Syed