The Quran is Allah’s final revelation, binding on all humanity; faith is a matter of private devotion as well as public law, best lived out in a state that blends religion and politics; and Muslims should, where possible, hold power over non-Muslims to ensure that Allah’s law is rightly enforced
“[The Caliphate is] the enclosure of Islam, the protection of its domain, the meadow of its flock, and the pasture of its weary. By it the religion is preserved and protected, the territory of Islam is safeguarded, and the populace dwell in peace.”
Appointing a leader (imam) is obligatory. Its mandatory nature is known through revelatory law (shar‘) by the consensus of the Companions and the next generation of Followers, because the Companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) hastened upon his death to pledge allegiance and submit consideration of their affairs to Abu Bakr (May God be pleased with him). And it was thus in every age thereafter, and the matter was established as consensus indicating the obligation of appointing a leader (imam).
The repression of China’s Uighur Muslims by the ruling Communist Party has been continuing on for decades, but in the spring of 2017, a crackdown began on Chinese Muslims in which they were detained in “re-education” camps. The reasons for being incarcerated were flimsy excuses such as contacting friends who lived abroad or growing aContinue reading “Donald Trump’s Shameful Support for China’s Repression of Uighur Muslims”
Do It Yourself interpretation of the Qur’an in order to extract rulings, by those not qualified, can be fraught with danger. We only have to see how some think it is permissible to plant bombs here or there and kill innocent civilians, citing the verses in the Qur’an concerning warfare, to appreciate this. Often, theContinue reading “Are Muslims Required to Obey Tyrant Rulers?”