We are the inheritors of a remarkable legacy in which the world witnessed the unprecedented epitome of civilization itself – A legacy in which the Khalifah Hazrat Umar (r.a.) whose dominion extended from the periphery of the known west to the subcontinent of the east - roamed the streets in the nights to ensure that all the citizens are at ease, summoned his wife to be the midwife to deliver the child of a common citizen, ate unpalatable coarse food, carried sacks of food-grain on his own back to feed a starving family, flogged his own son to death to uphold justice, traveled on a journey of hundreds of miles taking turns to ride the only camel with his servant, wished he was a tree or a bird out of extreme fear of ultimate accountability & considered the starvation of even a dog in the territory under his administration as a dereliction of his duty.
We are the upholders of an astonishing legacy of sacrifice of luminaries like Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a.) who donated absolutely everything that he possessed to promote the cause of truth and left only the teachings of the prophet and Allah for his family. A legacy that produced personalities like Hazrat Ali (r.a) who used to tremble with the thought of rendering an account to the Almighty & even become unconscious due to weeping profusely during prayers, inspite of being given the glad tidings of paradise in this world itself. We are the followers of that prophet whose remarkable companions showed exemplary courage to overcome extreme odds in the battle of Badr to defend the message of truth. A legacy of bravery of companions like Bilal (r.a.) & Sumaiyya (r.a.) & scholars of the early generations like Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) who remained steadfast to their commitment to the truth in face of brutal torture. We are the flag bearers of an incredible civilization in which a ruler sent an army thousands of miles away to establish justice and apprehend the culprits when he learnt that a solitary woman’s modesty was defiled; a legacy wherein a teenaged companion of the prophet subjected himself to weeks of weeping in the wilderness before breathing his last simply because his sight momentarily lingered on something that a morally upright Muslim shouldn’t set his eyes upon.
Moreover, we are also the inheritors of a spectacular educational heritage - from the crucibles of innovation in the universities of Toledo to the vast & varied libraries of Baghdad. We are the successors of a rich scholastic legacy of scholars, theorists & philosophers like Imam Gazzali, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Ibn Hazm, Ibn Khaldun and the like. We are the inheritors of a glorious past which produced researchers, professionals, intellectuals & scientist like Ibn Al-Haytham, Taqi Al-Din, Al-Kindi, Al-Biruni, Al-Muqaddisi, Al-Jazari, Al-Khawarizmi, Al-Bitruji, Sinan, Al-Dimashqi, Al-Razi, Ibn Al-Nafis, Ibn Batuta, Al-Idrisi & many more. We are the heirs of an enlightening legacy of brilliant administrators, economists, physicists, astronomers, mathematicians, geologists, mineralogists, alchemists, pharmacologists, botanists, surgeons, physicians, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, etc. Our young minds should ideally be inspired by the splendid accomplishments of our ancestors in diverse fields – from hydraulic technology to mechanical automation, from rocket technology to ship building, from observatories/astrolabs to architectural/acoustic expertise, from farming manuals & agricultural revolutions to cartography & climatology.