Hadith: The Knots of Islam will be Untied One by One

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said*:

لَيُنْقَضَنَّ عُرَى الْإِسْلَامِ عُرْوَةً عُرْوَةً فَكُلَّمَا انْتَقَضَتْ عُرْوَةٌ تَشَبَّثَ النَّاسُ بِالَّتِي تَلِيهَا وَأَوَّلُهُنَّ نَقْضًا الْحُكْمُ وَآخِرُهُنَّ الصَّلَاةُ

The knots of Islam will be undone one by one, each time a knot is undone the next one will be grasped, the first to be undone will be the Rule [of Islam; The Caliphate] and the last will be the Prayer (Salah).

Narrated by Abu Umamah al-Bahili (ra)

And in another version of the hadith authenticated by al-Hakim in his Mustadrak:

Verily, the knots of Islam will be undone and there shall be misguided rulers.

Commentary on the hadith from The Sixty Sultaniyya:

A: It was the Prophet ﷺ who tied together the knots of Islam, including the uppermost knot of ruling after he established the Islamic state between the Ansar [Helpers], the Muhajiroon [Emigrants], and the non-Muslims in and around Yathrib (Medina) after Hijra from his own people of Mecca.

B: As mentioned by Imam Mawardi, the leadership has been prescribed as the succession of the Prophet ﷺ in protecting the deen and governing the societal affairs. In this respect, Imam Baidawi mentioned that the Imamah/Khilafah is the succession from the Prophet in the establishment of the laws of the Shari‘ah and the protection of the territory. So without the Imam the laws lie unapplied and the territory is not protected effectively.

C: The hadith indicates that it is the uppermost knot that keeps the subsequent knots safe from being untied. This is since it is the ruler that is responsible to apply Islam in its entirety, to implement the limits proscribed by Allah سبحانه وتعالى and to protect the society.

D: Imam Ahmed mentioned without an Imam (for the Muslims as their leader) there would be fitna, and the destruction of the symbols of Islam ending with the Prayer is a great fitna.

 

*See:

  1. al-Bukhari, Ta’rikh al-Kabir, 4:233.
  2. Imam Ahmad from Fayruz al-Daylami from his father in the Musnad, 4:232, hadith no. 18068 (hasan, Shaykh al-Arna’ut).
  3. al-Tabarani, Mujam al-Kabir, 8:98, hadith no. 7486.
  4. al-Hakim, al-Mustadrakala ’l-Sahihayn, 4:469, hadith no. 7022 where he declared the isnad (chain of transmission) as sahih
  5. Ibn Hibban in his Sahih, 15:111, hadith no. 6715 with a very strong isnad (Shaykh al-Arna’ut).
  6. Al-Mundhiri, al-Tarhib wa’l-Targhib, 1:263 with a sahih chain of transmission
  7. Al-Haythami, Majmaal-Zawa’id, 7:284 where he comments that the narrators of the hadith are all sound (rijaluhu rijalun sahih).

Hat Tip: Dar al-Nicosia

Syrian historian: All pious well-read Muslims believe in the need to establish the Caliphate

All pious Muslims well-read in the Hadith (the compiled sayings of the Prophet*) firmly believe in the need to establish an Islamic State headed by a Muslim Caliph. This is mentioned twice in the Holy Quran and it’s central to the Islamic faith. No Muslim scholar would debate an Islamic state and the caliphate.

[Sami Moubayed, Syrian historian and former Carnegie scholar writing in the Daily Telegraph, 23rd September, 2015]

*ﷺ Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

UK Muslim Scholars: “Israel” is an illegitimate state and Jerusalem will be the capital of the future Islamic Caliphate

We the undersigned do not recognise “Israel” as a legitimate state.

“Israel” must return the entirety of Palestinian land. Palestinians have no link to the holocaust and the crimes of the Second World War against the Jewish people.

We condemn the continued fascist Zionist oppression which has cost the Palestinian people their freedom, homeland and lives for over seventy years.

Islam does not promote anti-Semitism and Arabs are also a Semitic people. On the contrary, the second Caliph of Islam, Hadrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) took charge of the Church of the Sepulchre and commanded Muslims to take care of it and give Christians their full rights to worship which were curtailed prior by sectarianism.

The caretakers of this Church have been a Muslim family since the arrival of Islam in the seventh century. Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted in peace and security in Palestine, until the Zionist occupation ended the mutual tolerance that had existed for over a millennium.

Jerusalem will be the capital* of the Islamic Caliphate when it returns, Allah willing.

Signatories:

  1. Shaykh Asrar Rashid, Birmingham
  2. Maulana Muhammad Din Sialwi, Accrington
  3. Maulana Kamran Khan, Birmingham
  4. Imam Khalid Hussain, Leicester
  5. Hafiz Kasad Ali, Birmingham
  6. Maulana Shahid Barelwi, Burnley
  7. Maulana Haroon Raza, Birmingham
  8. Hafiz Ehsan Qadri, Sri Lanka
  9. Maulana Masud Qadri, Bolton
  10. Imam Adil Shahzad, Bradford
  11. Imam Zahoor Chishti, Oldham
  12. Maulana Naveed Ashrafi, Blackburn
  13. Imam Shahid Ali, Bradford
  14. Imam Sudagar Husain, Bradford
  15. Maulana Nizam Ashraf, Bolton
  16. Maulana Yasir Ayyub, Oldham
  17. Shaykh Danyal, Birmingham
  18. Maulana Aqeel Khan, Bolton
  19. Maulana Omar Shabier Naqshbandi, Netherlands
  20. Maulana Saad bin Sadiq, Birmingham
  21. Maulana Anis Ahmed, Birmingham
  22. Maulana Ibrar Shafi, Derby
  23. Maulana Sayyid Samdani, Bolton
  24. Maulana Haider Ali, Preston
  25. Maulana Nabeel Afzal, Coventry
  26. Shaykh Noorud-Deen Rashid, Luton
  27. Maulana Mohammed Bilal Naushahi, Bradford
  28. Imam Muhammad Husnain, Chesham
  29. Maulana Majid Abdul Rahman, Chadwell Heath
  30. Maulana Qasim Hussain, Luton
  31. Maulana Hafiz Arfat Ahmed, Luton
  32. Maulana Sajid Ali, Luton
  33. Imam Muhammad Nazim, Bedford
  34. Maulana Moqaddam Shahzada Naushani, Manchester

[Source: 5 Pillars website, 1st July 2019]

*Yunus Ibn Maysarah relates that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said,

هَذَا الأَمْرُ كَائِنٌ بَعْدِي بِالْمَدِينَةِ ، ثُمَّ بِالشَّامِ ، ثُمَّ بِالْجَزِيرَةِ ، ثُمَّ بِالْعِرَاقِ ، ثُمَّ بِالْمَدِينَةِ ، ثُمَّ بِبَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ ، فَإِذَا كَانَ بِبَيْتِ الْمَقْدِسِ فَثَمَّ عُقْرُ دَارِهَا ، وَلَنْ يُخْرِجَهَا قَوْمٌ فَتَعُودَ إِلَيْهِمْ أَبَدًا

“This matter (the Caliphate) will be after me in Madinah, then in Al-Sham, then in the peninsula, then in Iraq, then in the City (Constantinople), then in Bait ul-Maqdis (Jerusalem). If it is in Bait ul-Maqdis, its home country is there, and no people will be able to remove it, so it will return to them forever.” [Ibn Asakir, 368]