I was asked what I think about socialism. I agree with what the Doctrine of Fascism said about socialism:
"That the vicissitudes of economic life - discoveries of raw materials, new technical processes, and scientific inventions - have their importance, no one denies; but that they suffice to explain human history to the exclusion of other factors is absurd. Fascism believes now and always in sanctity and heroism, that is to say in acts in which no economic motive - remote or immediate - is at work... Having thus struck a blow at socialism in the two main points of its doctrine, all that remains of it is the sentimental aspiration, old as humanity itself-toward social relations in which the sufferings and sorrows of the humbler folk will be alleviated. But here again Fascism rejects the economic interpretation of felicity as something to be secured socialistically, almost automatically, at a given stage of economic evolution when all will be assured a maximum of material comfort. Fascism denies the materialistic conception of happiness as a possibility, and abandons it to the economists of the mid-eighteenth century. This means that Fascism denies the equation: well-being = happiness, which sees in men mere animals, content when they can feed and fatten, thus reducing them to a vegetative existence pure and simple."
-The Doctrine of Fascism
I am not expressing any particular viewpoint towards Italian fascism, I'm not a member of any Italian political movements or ideologies- but I agree with what The Doctrine of Fascism says about socialism. All that socialism deals with is the physical, material needs of mankind. One of the distinguishing features between a Muslim and a non-Muslim is a belief in the unseen. We can't limit our conception of things to only the material. I think the ideal state would have some mild amount of socialism. But I don't believe in socialism as a banner because of socialism only dealing with the material side of things, because of imitating the kuffar and because I don't agree with this conception of things that puts economics at the center of everything. I think our values should be primarily spiritual and only secondarily economic. I mean for example with zakat- zakat itself is not the central basis of Islam like Tawheed is. Tawheed is the basis of Islam. Zakat is secondary to tawheed. So I don't agree with making economics central. The more primary thing is to establish the sharia. If you can end poverty, great but the more primary aim is to establish the sharia and turning the country into some kind of utopia would be secondary.
"Amr ibn Awf reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “By Allah, it is not poverty I fear for you, rather I fear you will be given the wealth of the world, just as it was given to those before you. You will compete for it just as they competed for it and it will ruin you just as it ruined them.”"
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2988, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2961
Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim
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Nights are long and days are short. This is the best time to make up missed fasts or do extra ones. It’s also the best time to perform tahajjud - Fajr is at like 6am now, so plenty of time to sleep and wake up to pray tahajjud. Just a reminder to make the most of these winter nights iA.