Where are we in Islam?
It is necessary to attract attention to the difference between the man that Islam wants and between the Muslims of today in every field from worshipping to social, political, legal, ethical, etc. life; to notice this difference is an important step in the journey of worshipping/slavery.
“How did the ummah become virtually dead like that?”
Because the ummah sought power and prestige in being together with non-Muslims, not in trusting Allah and being together with Muslims and because the belief of the ummah weakened.
We quote some verses that inspire this thought:
“If any do seek for glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up (all) Words of Purity: It is He Who exalts each Deed of Righteousness. Those that lay Plots of Evil,- for them is a Penalty terrible; and the plotting of such will be void (of result).” (Fatir, 35/10)
They say, "If we return to Medina, surely the more honourable (element) will expel therefrom the meaner." But honour belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.” (al-Munafiqun, 63/ 8)
“So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in Faith. / If a wound hath touched you, be sure a similar wound hath touched the others. Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to men and men by turns: that Allah may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your ranks Martyr-witnesses (to Truth). And Allah loveth not those that do wrong.” (Aal-i Imran, 3/139-140)
Almighty Allah reminded the believers who were defeated in the Battle of Uhud of their victory in the Battle of Badar and the defeat of the polytheists in order to console them. In addition, He gave victories and defeats to people by turns with the purposes mentioned in the verse and made both sides experience both bad and good days. Otherwise, the fact that the worldly life is a test would be of no value, and the possibility of believing with free will would disappear.
“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost: for Allah is with you, and will never put you in loss for your (good) deeds. / The life of this world is but play and amusement: and if ye believe and guard against Evil, He will grant you your recompense, and will not ask you (to give up) your possessions.” (Muhammad, 47/35-36)
Here, the believers are not prohibited from seeking peace but it is not regarded appropriate for them to seek peace before enemy when they are superior or by displaying weakness and slackness though being a believer also includes superiority and honor; it is indicated that such an attitude will encourage the enemy and hence it will not enable the believers to attain the goal of “establishing a world system in which peace, justice and freedom of religion will be dominant”.
In those verses, Allah Almighty clearly states that honor and material and spiritual power will belong to Muslims thanks to the permission and help of Allah and the belief, trust and efforts of believers.
Then, why are we, as the ummah, weak and in a position to ask help from unbelievers, who are our enemies? Because we are Muslims by name, but our belief, consciousness and deeds are away from Islam.