Umar and the Blind Beggar

Then ‘Umar got hold of his hand, took him to his house and gave him something from his home, then sent him to the treasurer of the Bayt al-Mal [State Treasury] and said: “Take care of this man and other similar men. By Allah, we have not done justice to him that we ate (jizya) from him when he was young but we forsook him when he was old. Verily, the alms are for the poor and destitute. The poor are the Muslims and this one is a destitute from the People of the Book.” So he removed the jizya from him. Abu Bakr said, “I have witnessed this (incident) of ‘Umar and I also have seen that old man.”

Ibn Khaldun on the Caliphate

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).

Are Muslims Required to Obey Tyrant Rulers?

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?”

Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?

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?”