Shāh Walī Allāh on Obedience to the Caliph

The Prophet ﷺ has said: “Hearing and obeying is an obligation of every Muslim, whether he likes the command or dislikes it, as long as he is not commanded to commit a sin. If he is commanded to commit a sin, then he absolved of the obligation to hear and obey.” [Sahih Muslim]. (I say): … Continue reading Shāh Walī Allāh on Obedience to the Caliph

The Caliphate in Tafsir al-Qurtubi

When your Lord said to the angels, ‘I am putting a khalif on the earth,’ they said, ‘Why put on it one who will cause great corruption on it and shed blood when we glorify You with praise and proclaim Your purity?’ He said, ‘I know what you do not know.’ [2:30]   ‘I am … Continue reading The Caliphate in Tafsir al-Qurtubi

Imam Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi on the Caliphate

The generality (jamhūr) of Orthodox Muslims (Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamā‘ah) are agreed about certain principles (uṣūl) of the essentials (arkān) of religion, and a knowledge of the essence of every one of these is binding on every understanding, mature person... As for these principles, the Orthodox (Ahl al-Sunnah) are agreed about their basic character and … Continue reading Imam Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi on the Caliphate