Geopolitics Behind Overpopulation

September 26, 2009

Sharique Naeem

The geopolitics of today, steered by the imperial powers with there ulterior designs, perplexes one by its ability of cunning deceit. The capitalist system which dominates the global arena, deems its intricate and institutionalized failures as external evil, and then strives to exorcize them with fuming abstract notions that emanate from it own capital-oriented principles. Consider for instance the issue of ‘overpopulation’.

The rate of population growth over the last century has been labeled the underlying cause of the world standing on the brink of disaster; it is argued we are running out of food to sustain such growing population. It is argued by the proponents of over-population that the huge growth in world population is responsible for poverty, environmental destruction and social unrest. Economic development in the third world is impossible as long as populations continue to grow as a result international agencies and governments have developed numerous programmes to curtail the rate of population growth, all of these have been implemented in the third world.

This alleged over-population has to be in relation to something to qualify it being over. That something is the use of resources. The resources being consumed leading to global imbalances are attributed to population sizes.

When all assumptions on the effects of population growth are scrutinized population, it can be seen that population increases in no way has ever contributed to the many ills of the world today and what becomes clear is that there is a lucid political agenda in attributing the increasing global population as the cause of the worlds potential disaster. This agenda is to shift the real cause away from the lifestyles, living patterns, un-sustainability of consumerism, poverty and blatant abuse of the Third world in order that the western world can live of the third world. Much of the world problems, are a direct results, of capitalism, which principally allows unbridled accumulation of capital and freedom of ownership. These principals translates into third world being forced to liberalize its economies, hoarding and manipulation of food supply, monopolizing markets in the name of free trade, genetic seeds, and taking control of natural mineral resources around the world. The irony is that, they are able to achieve this by loyal dictators, such as in Central Asian countries, e.g. Uzbekistan, or Pakistan; by subservient monarchs in the Middle East; and when need be – quite conveniently- through democratically elected governments as we see in South Asia. When all else fails, a direct military invention by the imperial powers, is the adopted way to extend their control, as seen in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

In the face of this capitalist hegemony, stands the ideological challenge presented by Islam. As opposed to the capitalist myopic viewpoint, Islam presents a uniquely realistic approach to the crises the world faces at large, and the third world bears in particular. From the perspective of Islam, resources are sufficient to fulfill the basic needs of humanity, and any imbalances are the results of constriction in distribution. It is therefore, no wonder, that the governance and economic system of Islam – embodied in the Khilafah, presents detail injunctions, to deal with the plethora of problems the world faces today. The economic system of Islam, gives considerable focus on ensuring circulation of wealth. Islamic revenue generating mechanism, unlike capitalist taxes, such as GST, Income Tax, etc (which disproportionately burden the masses), are based on Ushr, Kharaj, Jizya, Thoghoor, Rikaz etc. It ensures that natural mineral resources are effectively utilized by the Khilafah state, for the betterment of the people, by making their privatization illegal. Also, it ensures, a significant net amount is generated by taxing savings of rich people via Zakat, a sum which is then only to be spend on the restricted category of people who are poor, needy etc. Moreover, essential resources such as Oil, gas, electricity, are considered public property, which the state manages for use by the public, and is forbidden to earn profits from. The centralized ruling system, a decentralized administration, coupled with the unique courts structure in Khilafah, ensure, a transparent governance and use of funds, along with timely accountability. This stands in stark contract with a shared ruling system such as democracy, where responsibility is blamed on one another, and laws can be manipulated by foreign hands. The Khilafah, is therefore immune to foreign interference, and thus is a vibrant and firmly grounded state.

The Islamic State will deal with the issues, in the light of the solutions that emanate from Islam, instead of resorting to wrongly constructed notions such as Overpopulation. For the reality today is, that the world in not overpopulated, the capitalist west just consumes disproportionately. Overpopulation is a convenient excuse, which ironically – yet strategically – is being used to admonish the millions who suffer in abject poverty, hunger, disease, lack of vital facilities, while at the same time, channeling capital in the hands of the few profiteers sitting at the seats in international monetary institutions, war-mongers in the west and corrupt and incompetent bureaucracy etc.

A Khilafah, without an iota of doubt is the need of our time. And a coming of such a state on the international arena will have significant impact. It will for good, unveil many of the myths and false reasons that the developed world, uses to manipulate socio-economic and political conditions in the third world. The Islamic state will also strive to uproot the main problem –capitalism- that is at the heart of global injustice. Subsequently we would be heading towards a world, with a much different, realistically beneficial, more fascinating and positively transformed geopolitics.



  1. Then why do millions of muslims live in the capitalist west, and millions more dream of moving there, if their own “economic system of Islam” was so good ?

    If the author is suggesting that the world should get rid of existing system and adopt the islamic version, then it is nothing more than the extension of the dream of getting the world rid of all “infidels” and make it Allah’s world !

    GOD certainly has other plans !

    • muslims all around the world live and dream of living in the capatalists(wild) west simply because there is no implimentation of the islamic economic model anywhere and at any level in the world today.
      when inshallah there is one implemented, many westerners will wish and dream of living in islamic eutopia

  2. @neell23,

    The answer simply is that Islamic Economic system, is not being implemented anywhere at present. What we have is a flaws capitalist economic system, which is falling apart. Coupled with mismanagement that results as a result of capitalist system, imperial interference and tyrant rulers, we have a crises, which many put simply want to escape.

    The article rationally looks at the faults that are integral part of the Capitalist system, and suggests a solution, one solution, i.e Islam.

    You may not agree with the solution, but iam sure atleast you do agree with the fact that the present capitalist system has created a human tragedy.

    A tragedy, that demands from us, to stand up for a change.

    What change, other than Islam, do we have?

  3. How is it that out of more than 50+ countries with sufficient number of practicing muslims, not even one could implement this Utopian Islamic economic system. Does it not sound ridiculous? Why don’t you take this project over a 50 year timeline and implement this wonderful idea in one of the Islamic countries/zones- small or big ,and then the world will believe you. Not writing blogs which have as much basis in reality as “Alice in wonderland”.

    • >>How is it that out of more than 50+ countries with sufficient number of practicing muslims, not even one could implement this Utopian Islamic economic system. Does it not sound ridiculous?

      how the muslim world was divided in separate states? it served interest of whom? this 50+ dream was accomplished by supporting the corrupt to make masses slaves for long time but atleast you should give credit, despite all of this, Muslims are awakening to what is Islam – how and why they lost their true identity.

      it won’t be long that they overcome the resistance against their way of life.

      >>Why don’t you take this project over a 50 year timeline and implement this wonderful idea in one of the Islamic countries/zones- small or big ,and then the world will believe you. Not writing blogs which have as much basis in reality as “Alice in wonderland”.

      who wants “world” to believe in it? we want to change our condition first and take the benefit of islam – the fair play.

    • @Jaby,

      The Economic system, is an integral part of the complete system of Islam, embodied in the Caliphate. Along with other systems: Judicary, Foreign Policy, Education policy, Social system, Ruling System etc.

      The correct way to judge an idea, would be to objectively evaluate it.

      It is naive, I think, to call any idea ridiculous, simply because we need a 50 years timeline to see its implementation in front of us, before agreeing with it.

      Also, If you look at the history of Caliphate, you will find that Muslims never had any internal economic problems, in the Islamic System.

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