While Americans celebrate their Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July every year, we as Muslims(submitters in English) should be celebrating the greatest book of all principles, the Quran, every day of our life. We should learn what this Declaration of Independence means to us as submitters.
The Declaration of Independence, approved by the CONTINENTAL CONGRESS on July 4, 1776, is a statement of the principles that two days earlier had led congress to vote for the Independence of the American colonies from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson was assigned the task of drafting the Declaration.
Almost 12 centuries after Quran, The Submitters' (Muslims) Holy book, was presented to the world, the Declaration of Independence of the USA was in reality no more than a discovery of all the major and basic principles given in the Quran.
History is teaching us that when Thomas Jefferson wrote down the Declaration of Independence, he was influenced by the natural rights theories of John Locke. John Locke wrote "Just governments are founded on consent and are designed solely to protect the people in their inherent rights to life, liberty, and property."
WHAT A GREAT statement, because all of it comes from the Quran that was revealed over a thousand years earlier.
In Quran, 3:159, God told Muhammed, and those who will follow him,
[3:159] ...and consult them (the people). Once you make a decision, carry out your plan, and trust in God. God loves those who trust Him.
In 42 :38 God is describing the qualities of the true Muslims (Submitters in English),
[42:38] They respond to their Lord by observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Their affairs are decided after due consultation among themselves, and from our provisions to them they give (to charity).
In 2:256, 6:151, 4:7, 2:191:
[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way...
[6:151] Say, "Come let me tell you what your Lord has really prohibited for you: You shall not set up idols besides Him. You shall honor your parents. You shall not kill your children from fear of poverty - we provide for you and for them. You shall not commit gross sins, obvious or hidden. You shall not kill - God has made life sacred - except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that you may understand."
[4:7] The men get a share of what the parents and the relatives leave behind. The women too shall get a share of what the parents and relatives leave behind. Whether it is a small or a large inheritance, (the women must get) a definite share.
[2:191] ...Oppression is worse than murder...
These are the basic democratic principles that was discovered in The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America more than a thousand years after God gave it to us in His book, the Quran. While the true application of these principles to all the people of all colors and races in the USA did not take place as it was supposed to be, we are not arguing this point in this article at this time.
It is interesting to know that most of the so called Muslim Countries failed to uphold these Quranic democratic principles. For example, everybody in a Muslim country should have had the freedom to believe in anything without any compulsion or oppression. God permits all people of all religions to live freely in a true Muslim society, but that is not what is happening. The Declaration of Independence of USA guaranteed that basic Quranic principle.
God has given all those so called Muslim countries enough time to apply His book (Quran), but they deserted the Quran, denied the basic life principles to their people, took away the freedom to , think, speak, write, move, work, worship, choose their leaders, make decisions concerning their life and future ...etc , defying God's law. They established governments based on dictatorship, that gave no place to the people to express themselves or run their countries. They gave the wealth of these countries to a few and left the rest of the people starving. They put aside God's Book (Quran) and its laws and made their own man-made laws that is full of contradiction to God's system. Therefore, God is fulfilling His promise in Sura Muhammed. 47:38
[47:38] ...If you turn away, He (God) will substitute other people in your place, and they will not be like you.
and in 70:40-41.
[70:40] I solemnly swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests; we are able -
[70:41] to substitute better people in your place; we can never be defeated.
We as Muslims (Submitters) should be proud of our perfect religion, and should realize that Islam (submission) as a law and a way of life can be seen and practiced in this Country, USA, freely, more than all these so called Muslim Countries. We should be proud and honored that our Quranic principles are being discovered by those who live outside Islam (Submission), because they will realize one day that they are following Islam, and will realize that Islam (Submission) has nothing to do with what is practiced by the so called Muslim countries. They will learn to judge Islam (submission) by what it stands for, not by what these (false) Muslims do.