The word ‘zulm’ is very commonly used by Muslims. But what Muslims consider as instances of oppression are actually a phenomenon of replacement of one community by another, or replacement of old blood by new blood. According to God’s planning, one community is replaced by another over time. If today one community rules a land, tomorrow another will rule it. If political power in Muslim lands is now in the hands of other communities, it is not an instance of oppression by those communities, rather it is the replacement of one community by another. Every community reaches a stage of degeneration and becomes unproductive and infirm. When a new community replaces the old, development in the world continues unhindered, otherwise it will come to a halt. When a community replaces another, the latter should learn from the former rather than turn negative against it.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan