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).
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?”
Recently, in the context of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the killing of Geoge Floyd, a prominent Saudi Cleric was asked about how protests were viewed in Islam. In a tweet (see here) he responded that “it is not permissible to protest in Islam”. His response created an uproar and a discussion of howContinue reading “Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?”