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Creativity (part 9)

Creativity is a mental and practical social activity not restricted to one specific category [of people] [1], [whether] male or female, [or] white, black or yellow…and so on; it is, rather, subject to the nature of society’s culture and society’s foundational framework that is a part of conventional culture which delineates the manner of upbringing, educational values and the outlet and scope of human energy. Innovation is, at one and the same time, the harvest of all this, an effective power in it and a tool to change it.

Creativity has conditions

Today there is a competitive struggle circulating among developed societies in relation to the development of creative abilities and increasing the number of creative people. That is because creative ability flourishes and grows by virtue of social circumstances, constituents and conditions and is not, as is commonly held, a natural gift one hundred percent. The need of societies for creative people increases with the nature of the current civilisational development and [with] the entering of the age of information explosion and the information society. Innovations have become accreditation documents of society’s membership among the civilisation of the information age club. Here, social thought is distinguished with the flourishing of innovative abilities among individuals, the supremacy of scientific thinking, the availability of a space for dialogue and competition on a methodological and orderly basis and [also with]  thinking here being collective, that is, the thinking of a team that transcends personal drive and one-sided isolationism. We deem communal thought here [to be] prospectively anticipating the future in a uniform, radical development or change.

[1] Literally: one [genderor racial] category without another… [Translator]

Creativity (part 8)

This activity has undoubtedly become a necessity for the sake of the resurgence and active participation in building a society on the level of modern civilisation, on the condition that the innovative change comprise all fields and elements of our lives and our social, cognitive, intellectual and cultural relations…Certainly we see in our present time a large-scale explosion of profound extent in innovative activity. The survival and existence of societies, that is our lives, has become subject to success or failure in global competition in the sphere of innovation, strictly speaking scientific and technological innovation, that is embodied as thought, culture, behaviour and social relations and becomes clearly manifest in the form of believing in the sublimity of the common human in spite of the difference in race, colour and age. [1]

[1] Literally: ages. [Translator]

Arabic Poetry (Part 5)

عسى الكرب الذي أمسيت فيه   يكون وراءه فرج قريب

Perhaps the sorrow that you have come to be in     behind it there will be an imminent relief

Meaning: I hope that God removes the worry and grief that you have come to be in and that He replaces it [with] imminent relief.

Sharh Ibn Aqil 86

Creativity (Part 7)

I mean by this that it restores its cultural heritage on a selective basis with what consolidates its future movement and its active productive work without movement and action impediments. Furthermore, it adds a new cultural creativity to it in turn becoming a legacy for coming generations. Hence we say it is a creative restoration of cultural legacy or a communal creativity in selecting by [means of] what takes it out of rigid subordination and of spontaneous regularity[1] and life impoverishment…it is the creativity to renew life until it becomes a life rich with meanings, fertile [for] production bearing the causes of progress.[2]

If we contemplate our state and our multiple and faltering social issues (issues of progress, women, human rights, scientific research, education, freedoms… and so on), it becomes apparent to us that the core problem is seeking a creative [person]…or innovative change and the fulfillment of its causes and conditions…[the core problem is] for us to build our lives and craft our existence in free interaction with others with our hands in an innovative manner on the level of modern civilisation…which is a civilisation bursting with innovative action…[the core problem is] building a society packed with the impulse of innovative activity…for periods of prosperity and civilisation are those in which this impulse reaches its climax.

[1] Literally: spontaneity of regularity. [Translator]

[2] Literally: pregnant with the causes of progress. [Translator]

Creativity (Part 6)

Creativity is, with this meaning, a negation of a restrictive framework and a rebellion against a conventional approach whose steam has run out [1] and has become incapable of definitively solving issues and problems of the present reality and an obstruction to movement towards the future. It is undoutedly a purposeful methodological rebellion reaching a new approach in diagnosing and understanding phenomena of reality that have come to a head and whose movement has come to a standstill or has lost its fertility. Thus it is not deemed to produce novelty through a humanistic thought bound to imitation…[2] creativity is in various areas of social thought and scientific research, always believing in change and renewal, [believing] in human ability and [believing] in the possibility of the correct banishment of fundamental problems and seeking correct solutions among issues of conflicting reality… it is transcending the text and an ability to throw off its chains and an objective response to actual reality.

Thus, since the human-societal [relation] represents an extension or a civilisational and historical connection interposed by [3] cultural acquaintance interruptions, it therefore carries its cultural reserves with it. However, it makes use of it in a creative manner.

[1] Literally: whose spring has dried up. [Translator]

[2] Literally: prisoner of imitation. [Translator]

[3] NOTE: I have used the passive voice instead of the active voice used in the Arabic original here. [Translator]

Creativity (Part 5)

The meaning of creativity

Hence creativity is not an imagination nor a free individual thought, rather, it is a reflection that the standards and rules of logic govern and the needs of society reaching excellence that becomes a source for objective changes that a person realises in the world, in society and in their self in a free climate.

Thus human societies differ from one another in the peculiarity [1] they have among them (innovative, or creative activity) and in the scope of this activity for the spheres of life to manufacture a new life that is always in renewal, progress and ascension, that is, a new civilisational phase. Furthermore, this creative social action is a measure for the society’s ability to offer and self-confidence with regards to free interaction among societies. Accordingly, it is a fruition of the social body, that is a fruition of identity without which the characteristics, components and salient features of identity wither or disappear from the social consciousness so that [society] seeks it in theoretical dreams. [2]

[1] [Note: literaly: angle]

[2] [Note: Literally: theoretical naps]

Yes, Islam is the solution… but how? (Final Part)

1) Establishing different types of joint-projects.
2) The existence of a tariff preferences system among countries of the Islamic world.
3) Sharing the available technology developed by these countries.
4) Forming unions for producers of commodities and raw materials in Muslim countries.
5) Unifying stances with regard to international issues raised such as the issue of foreign indebtedness, the international monetary system and the stance with regard to transnational corporations.

Finally, we come to say that the Islamic methodology is [suitably] placed to operate from stages of conditions of a single human person and is [also likewise] placed for this human being that lives on this earth. [Moreover] it takes into consideration human disposition, their energy, readiness, strength, weakness and their changing conditions that they encounter. Development in the Islamic methodology is not based on fanciful desires that clash with human disposition, their reality and circumstances of their life; it is a process that guards human creation and society’s cleanliness. So it does not allow the construction of a materialistic reality whose concern is partly to dissolve creation and pollute society under the judgement of necessity that clashes with that reality. Rather, it always intends to contruct a reality that helps to preserve creation and society’s cleanliness with the slightest effort that an individual and society put in. As for positivistic ideologies, they make the entire matter arbitrary in [the span of] one generation. In the rugged and perilous road that adherents of these ideologies follow, battles and wars [spread] around, massacres take place, [streams of] blood flow, values become crushed, matters become unsettled, they then become crushed at the end and their contrived ideologies become crushed under the judgement of nature which oppressive ideologies do not withstand.

Yes, Islam is the solution… but how? (Part 10)

The ruler is deemed responsible for the realisation of social stability by lawful methods. Islam has certainly guaranteed the plentiful availability of revenues through two principal means:

a) Imposing secure financial obligations that are to be taken continuously, such as obligatory alms.

b) The creation of public sectors and directing the state to invest those sectors. Islam prescribes fair regulations that prevent wealth from accumulating with a group and that lead to the fragmentation of ownership, including inheritance, wills and Islam’s combating of the amassment of money, the abolition of interest on the capital and the abolition of capital investment for natural resources.

 Communal self-reliance

One thing certain now is that the Islamic state, with the tremendous and various natural resources that it has, strives through common work to achieve its economic liberation and negate its subordination to foreign [countries] by virtue of adopting an independent developmental policy. Under the increasing commercial patronage by industrial countries and the aggravation of the external debts problem for an increasing number of Muslim states, the concept of self-reliance has come to have a communal dimension, meaning that it extends to comprise the establishing of [one] type of the aspects of co-operation and relations, that have mutual interest, with a group of Muslim states that suffer similar problems and concerns, there exists a variety of profitable co-operation among them. The co-operation may comprise the following vital matters:

Arabic Poetry 4

دعاني من نجد؛ فإن سنينه لعبن بنا شيباً وشيبننا مردا

Leave me (both of you) in relation to Najd; for as grey-haired [elderly people] its years undoubtedly made sport of us and as beardless [youth] it made us grey-haired.

Meaning: Leave me, my (two) bosom friends in relation to mentioning this land [of Najd], for certainly whatever aridness [there was] and drought that has happened has shaken and disturbed the old men and its conditions gave grey hair to the youth and the beardless.

Sharh Ibn ‘Aqil شرح ابن عقيل

Yes, Islam is the solution… but how? (Part 9)

The financial system for the Islamic state

Islam has placed a financial system in accordance of which money does not exceed the goal for which it was [intended]. Among the most prominent features of the Islamic financial system is that it is a system that exists within the religious, social and economic directives of Islam; that its task is to support the message of Islam in the aforementioned areas; that the goal [of having the system] is to protect the Islamic economy; to provide work for every capable [person]; protecting such work; supporting production with its various kinds and work in its abundant availability and quality; distributing income to those deserving it in a just manner and guiding public and private spending. Financial resources at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to rely on obligatory alms, [items of] seized and surrendered [or ‘free’ Tr.] booty and the Jizya tax. During the time of the second caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattab, financial resources became plentiful and projects appeared that require multifarious expenditure, consequently other financial resources were created such as land tax and commercial tithing.

[NOTE: Jizya tax is a head tax on free non-Muslims under Muslim rule. [Hans Wehr Dictionary]]