1Sahil B = "
"There is still time to prevent the repetition here of that clash
between the conservative and modernist elements in Muslim society.
I know that the educated classes hope that with the general spread
of instruction and learning amongst the people, there will be no need to work for a better understanding of dynamic Islam as it prevailed
in the first century. But if a middle way is not found now, while
there is time, there is almost a certainly that the day will come when
the progressive elements faced with the dangers of being left far
behind amongst the nations of the world, will clamour and demand
a secular state, or decay. But now is the time to build up that free
Islamic state mentality of toleration, mental and spiritual charity,
forgiveness towards each other, on one side, and, what [the] Qur'an
and the Tradition both insisted on, namely, that nature is the great
daily book of God whose secrets must be found and used for the well
being of humanity. Islam is essentially a natural religion, the
miracles quoted in the Qur'an are the great phenomena surrounding
us and we are often told that all these manifestations can be used
and should be, with intelligence, for the service of man. Let us never
forget that in the struggle for existence of the future only those will
survive who control the forces of nature to the greatest extent."
Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III's 1950 broadcast message on
Radio Pakistan, 'Build up that free Islamic state mentality"(Karachi,