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Volume :10 Issue : 2 1982      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Political Implications of the “UMMAH” in the Quran

Auther : Ahmad Al-Baghdadi

The main object of this paper is to examine, in detail, the political implication of the concept of “ Ummah” in the Quran . A proper understanding of this concept , from a political point of view can not be achieved without a full exposition of the meanings of the term of “Ummah”. The study will follow the historical development of the existence of the term in the Quran . There for, it is essential to draw a line between the Meccan Quranic verses and the Medinian Quranic verses for several reasons. First of all, the concept of “ Ummah” in the Meccan verses has a different implication from that of the Medinian . Second ,during the first stages of Islam in Mecca, it is impossible to make any link between the term “ Ummah” and the Islamic Ummah of the Medina converses. Thirdly ,the Quranic usage of “Ummah” during the Meccan period was a mere generalization, and was used as a method of a comparison between the polytheist Arabs of Mecca and other ancient nations. The term “Ummah” in the Medinian verses was restricted to those people who accepted the religion of Islam as a creed and a way life , and who were called “ the Muslims”. In spite of the fact that the discussion will concentrate on the political side of the term , this does not mean a study of the political character of the Islamic Ummah at the present time. The study will be limited to the Quran and during the early stages of the establishment of Islamic society at Medina. The conclusion will show that the Quran has its own meaning for the concept of “Ummah” as a universal idea and that it is not restricted within a limited territory or specified for a certain race.

 

 

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