There is no system in this world that can provide the forthcoming Ummah with what it needs in terms of institutions, principles, objectives, and rulings like Islam can. The Noble Qur'an is full of passages describing this particular aspect and giving both general and detailed examples. It provides a clear and precise remedy. If any Ummah adheres to this book, it will definitely attain its aspirations.
The upcoming Ummah needs a broad, far-reaching vision. The Qur'an has cultivated in its Ummah this sentiment, in such a way that makes a dead Ummah come to life, full of ambition, hope, and determination. It is enough that it labels despair the "road to unbelief," and hopelessness a "manifestation of error." In the Qur'an, Almighty Allah says,
(And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed in the land, to make them leaders (in Faith) and make them heirs.) (Al-Qasas 28:5)
(Faint not, nor grieve, for you will overcome them if you are (indeed) believers. If you have received a blow, the (disbelieving) people have received a blow the like thereof. These are (only) the vicissitudes that We cause to follow one another for humankind) (Aal `Imran 3:139–140)
(It is He Who got out the unbelievers among the People of the Book from their homes at the first gathering (of the forces). Little did you think that they would get out, and they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allah! But the (wrath of) Allah came to them from quarters from which they little expected (it), and cast terror into their hearts, so that they destroyed their dwellings by their own hands and the hands of the believers; take warning, then, O you with eyes (to see)!) (Al-Hashr 59:2)
(Or do you think that you shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried, "When (will come) the help of Allah?" Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!) (Al-Baqarah 2:214)
If the weakest Ummah heard these glad tidings and read these realistic and applicable stories, they would undoubtedly emerge as the strongest Ummah in faith and spirit. They would see in this hope what would urge them to plunge into difficulties, however severe, and to confront events, however overwhelming, until they attain the perfection to which they aspire.
By Hassan Al-Banna. Extracted from the author's tract "Toward the Light."