ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Salih Mirzabeyoglu was born in Erzincan in 1950, but is originally from Bitlis. His family descends from the Prophet (pbuh,) along with the great Sahabi, the sword of Allah, Khalid ibn al-Walid, and were given special status by the Kurdish tribes as leaders of these tribes. His mother is Turkish.
Salih Mirzabeyoglu first met Necip Fazil, his master and another prominent Turkish thinker and writer who founded the Great East as a system of thought, in Eskisehir when he was fifteen years old. He studied Law in the University of Istanbul, and in 1975 began to publish his works. In some of the periodicals he published between 1979 and 1980 he wrote his political-ideological perspectives. After the death of Necip Fazil, he founded IBDA in 1984 and until now, has written over 50 works.
IBDA is a school of thought and action which is also based on “Tasawwuf.” It is based on the wisdom of a Sufi school (tariqat) of Naqshbandiyyah.
Salih Mirzabeyoglu was also the opinion leader of the very well-known “Raiders (Akincilar) Movement” which got involved in a nationwide resistance which had an Islamic character and was against the regime in Turkey from 1975 until the military coup of 1980. Mirzabeyoglu became extremely popular after he started publishing the monthly revolutionary periodical “Golge” (Shadow) in 1975 and the concept “Raider” (Akinci) was mentioned as the common name for members of the Islamic resistance for the first time by Mirzabeyoglu in this publication. Mirzabeyoglu's works, and the fact that a number of his comrades were martyred during their struggle, inspired an unprecedented “revolutionary Islam” all over Turkey, with almost all members of the Islamic resistance appearing after that time calling themselves “Raiders” (Akincilar).
The “system” is apparently the key word for the proposal that only IBDA provides in the Islamic world. IBDA does not deal with only action but it also provides its alternative system to replace the one which is to be eliminated. What IBDA implicitly proposes to the world is an unprecedented solution. Its comprehensive proposal contains all the main ideas and procedures of administrative, executive, judicial, economic, cultural, educational and other subsystems in accordance with the supersystem which is available. Contrary to other types of wishful thinking, this magnificent system proposal is on hand in Mirzabeyoglu’s complete works. That is why he was assaulted brutally and was wanted dead several times by using sophisticated means: “electromagnetic weapons, radiation emitters, directed-sound headphones and hallucinogenic agents put in meals,” actions which are still being carried out. That is why, where Salih Mirzabeyoglu is concerned, Western imperialism and Turkish militarism always had assassination plots on process and in store. He was arrested in 1998 and has been in prison since then, having been accused of destroying and replacing the secular regime with an Islamic one.
Salih Mirzabeyoglu is currently in a high security prison of Bolu.
His works are on themes of Islamic wisdom, Western philosophy, linguistics, politics, economics, law, fine arts, literature, history, quantum physics, mathematics, and so on. He defines himself as a “water bird” which flies between Western Thought and Islamic Wisdom. When he speaks of his relationship with Necip Fazil, he says that it is like that of Plato and Socrates.
His main target is to found the State of “Grandsublime”. The main goal of IBDA is to establish an Islamic state in the world starting with Turkey’s territories, and then by targeting the unity of all other Islamic states, hopefully joining them in a federation-like system; more independent in borders, more dependent out of borders in Union. What it proposes is a distinguished type of regime which is exclusive to IBDA: Aristocracy of Literati, in other words, Aristocracy of Intellectuals who are the most prominent figures of their time. Only the best of society deserve to rule a country, IBDA says. Not like an autocracy, in which all the power is in one person’s hands; not like democracy, where a scholar’s vote is equivalent to that of an ordinary man. He depicts his proposal in his masterpiece, “Basyucelik Devleti – The State of Grandsublime.”
He is the Way, the Truth and the Life
Salih Mirzabeyoglu, the Commander and a Messiah, gives the world not only a system, but a key; not a plan of the Great East, but the means of entering into it. Once, in a vision, I’m told of a celibate recluse or black cell, a man who lived always in one small area, without ever going out. Skeptical about his way of life, I asked Him: “Why are you sitting here, in this cell?” To this he replied: “I am not sitting, I am on a journey.” He is always on the move. He is on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days of the calendar, for it is a journey out of time into eternity.
The Way, about the Time (Ad-Dahr), is a name that emphasizes the practical character of the Muslim Faith. Islam is the greatest theory about the Universe and a path along which we journey – in the deepest and richest sense, the Way of Life.
The directions given by others can never convey to us what the way is actually like; they cannot be a substitute for direct, personal experience. The Creed does not belong to us unless we have lived it. No one can be an armchair traveler on this all-important journey. No one can be a Muslim at second hand. Allah has soldiers but His grand soldier is the Commander. Muslims need to follow him.
As Muslims, we wish particularly to underline this need for living experience. It is the aim of the present book to uncover the deep sources of the perpetual resurrection. The book indicates the decisive signposts and milestones upon the Spiritual Way.
Allah can not be grasped by the mind. If He could be grasped, He wouldn’t be Allah. The traveler upon the Spiritual Way, the further he advances, becomes increasingly conscious of two contrasting facts – of the otherness and yet the nearness of the Eternal. In the first place, he realizes more and more that Allah is the wholly Other, invisible, inconceivable, radically transcendent, beyond all words, beyond all understanding. Surely, a just born baby knows as much of the world and its ways as the wisest of us can know of the ways of God, whose sway stretches over Heaven and Earth, Time and Eternity. Allah who is comprehensible is not Allah. Allah, that is to say, whom we claim to understand exhaustively through the resources of our reasoning brain, turns out to be no more than an idol, fashioned in our own image. Such an image of Allah is most emphatically not the true and living (Hayy) Allah of the Qur’ân. Man is made in Allah’s image, but the reverse is not true.
The Book shows the progress on the Way, as a state. It is written for the life and for the order of the Age to come. We know, not as hypothesis but as a present fact of experience, that this book contains within itself the seeds of eternity.
In the last analysis we can say that, to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. The essence of perfection consists precisely in never becoming perfect, but in always reaching forward to some higher perfection that lies beyond. This constant “reaching forward” or “Epektasis” proves limitless. In this way, we will always have something more to learn from the Commander.
Dr. Hakki Acikalin
We, who made a humble effort collectively to translate this masterpiece into English, consider our attempt to be the first, thus the most difficult and perhaps most significant accomplishment. That is because this task proved to be extremely challenging to express the prominent Turkish thinker Salih Mirzabeyoglu’s magnificent views and words, which are both ideologically strong and detailed, and literarily fabulous and well-expressed, in the accurately and with loyalty in the English language. We are certain that countless attempts to translate this work into many other languages will be made from this point on, and we hope that they will be even more sufficient than our own attempt, but simply the honor of the first and introductory attempt is enough for us.
Until now, some people have criticized Muslims for bringing about nothing new other than resistance to imperialism, and for not having a detailed, systematic, and applicable “individual and public” project, which we can apply to our time and place. This work is the project we desired! Besides this “New World Order,” you will also find a full critique of the current “World Public Order,” along with the meaning and characteristics of the clash between the cultures of the East and the West throughout history.
Our gratitude is due to our sponsor Abdullah Kuloglu, to the Turkish translator A. H., to the editors Y. Richardson and H. Soykan, and also to Abdulhamid K. and Dr. H. Acikalin for their invaluable support and encouragement. All of their contributions helped make this effort a reality, and without them this task would have been nothing more than an intention.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter I: Types of States
ACCORDING TO THE TYPE OF COMMUNITY
ACCORDING TO ITS INSTITUTIONS
ACCORDING TO THEIR SOVEREIGNTY
ACCORDING TO THE SOURCE OF POWER
PRESIDENCY -- TYPES
Chapter II: World Public Order
WE AND OTHERS
COMPULSION FOR DEMOCRACY
Chapter III: Western World and Democracy
THE WEST IN THE WESTERN POINT OF VIEW
THE EAST IN THE WESTERN POINT OF VIEW
LET US UNDERSTAND THE WEST
THE WESTERN CRISIS
THE SUPERIORITIES OF THE WEST
THE SOURCE OF THE CRISIS IN CONTEMPORARY WORLD
THE DESCRIPTION AND CHARACTERISTICS OF DEMOCRACY
THE PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY
THE ARRANGEMENT, DISTINCTION AND PROTECTION OF PUBLIC FREEDOMS
THE ISSUE OF FREEDOM
IDEAL AND GOAL
Chapter IV: Grandsublime State (The New World Order)
THE EAST IN THE EASTERN POINT OF VIEW
THE WEST IN THE EASTERN POINT OF VIEW
THE SUPERIORITIES OF THE EAST
THE EAST NATION BY NATION
ISLAM AND STATE
THE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
ARISTOCRACY OF INTELLECTUALS
THE GRANDSUBLIME AND THE ASSEMBLY
THE GRANDSUBLIME GOVERNMENT
THE SOURCE OF POWER
Chapter V: From the Book of the Prophet
The believer (Mu’min) is surrounded by five sorts of violence. His Muslim brother is jealous of him; hypocrites (Munafiqs) dislike and grudge him; concealers of truth (Kafirs) take his life; he is constantly plagued by his own ego (Nafs); and the devil (Satan) attempts to mislead him.
In my life I have had my share of these five violent threats framed above. Nevertheless, the first three of them have eventually made me aware of the fact specific to Great East-Ibda soldiers and I must state it as an expression of my gratitude:
“Just as the lion appears at the scene of assembly, what the rabbit, jackal and dog share is a collective shuddering!”
As each person can see from their own perspective, we are not at all playing on a joke, whether in terms of actions or of ideas. We are not like the opportunists who market meaninglessness as toleration. Unlike the cowardly type of people who always avoid “risks” and “suffering” and delaying the phase of “action” and “idea” of the Islamic cause to an obscure future by using auxiliary language like “will” and “shall,” we are the ones who set up the meaning of idealism as a solid, tangible fact. And we set our eyes on the Islamic revolution. The State of Grandsublime?..
We have weighed and known and understood all the causes and effective factors of today’s political and social disorder which exists all around the world and to this point have meticulously made self-criticism considering our existence during the course of history. Now that we have assessed all our weaknesses and strengths, we have to be reborn, as a thorough unit with a new soul, ideology and order. What will become of the world and what will become of us? Which distinctive view of the world shall we base our right to existence on? Which product, of our own invention, shall we promote in the “spiritual common market,” when the old order called democracy and liberalism was “marketed” without a rival bearing the name of “New World Order”? After the decline of the Soviet Union, while first the United States of America and then Europe standing just next to it were and continue trying to dominate like this, how come it suffices to name solely Islam, saying, “Of course, it is beknowst to even children!,” apart from the attitude of voluntary villainy behind the blasphemous? Of course, it is Islam; provided that its “how” and “why” are demonstrated.
The ideal is a yearning; a longing; a dream and a plan, stated by an idea which desires to see its own applications and traces on things and events. And if we call ideology the brain, and the ideal the heart, no desire or zeal or curiosity or behaviour can be ideal if it is based on a miserable idea. In order for it to be an ideal, it should set its vision on a nobility and maturity on the social level. Each ideal is a goal but not every goal is an ideal. Goals can be of lower levels; ideals cannot. As the sum total of the wisdoms above, together with the brain and the heart, we are the ones who demonstrate the “hows” and the “whys” in a unified system. It is our job to embroider the cause of Islam into things and events. We are the unique example. We are the Great East-Ibda. Within this framework, I would like to present my work: The Grandsublime State; and the New World Order!
As a matter of fact, referencing to the “Grandsublime State” corresponds to the main aim in composing and the principal pillar collecting all the contents of the Ideological Knitting of the Great East. Nevertheless, it was lost—all was put asleep—just as if one of our belongings was right before us a moment ago and was gone a moment later. I am taking control of it and re-awakening it, and would like to explain it in the metaphor of the explosion of a bomb—already made to use—in a public place. With the expectation that it shall be a completely new view in terms of the course of events and the concrete aims and objectives of the Islamist struggle.
The New World Order is shaped like a bobble of ideas and institutions, from democracy and liberalism to the United Nations and the European Common Market, it is a hegemonic system in which the United States and Europe, although competitively, share the view they have on countries like ours; that of pariah status. Of course, we respond, “No!” to this view, and instead we propose that this “New World Order” begins from our own country!
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