Shāh Walī Allāh’s Definition of Khilafah

“It [the Caliphate] is the general authority to undertake the establishment of Religion through the revival of religious sciences, the establishment of the pillars of Islam, the organisation of jihād and its related functions of maintenance of armies, financing the soldiers, and allocation of their rightful portions from the spoils of war, administration of justice, … Continue reading Shāh Walī Allāh’s Definition of Khilafah

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 … Continue reading Hadith: The Knots of Islam will be Untied One by One

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

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

Imam Dhahabi* on Tyrants and Oppressors

The Sixteenth Major Sin The Leader who Misleads his Following, The Tyrant and Oppressor Allah Most High says: “The dispute [lit. ‘way against’] is only with those who oppress people and wrongfully commit aggression in the land: these will have a painful torment” (42:42) “Do not suppose that Allah is unmindful of what the unjust … Continue reading Imam Dhahabi* on Tyrants and Oppressors

The Caliphate in Durr al-Mukhtār*

Book of Prayer, Section on Imāmah It (the Imāmah) is either minor or major. The major (type) (i.e. the caliphate) is the right of general administration over the people. Its study is in ‘ilm al-kalām (scholastic theology) and establishing it is the most important of obligations**, hence they (the Sahabah) gave it priority over the … Continue reading The Caliphate in Durr al-Mukhtār*

Ibn Khaldun on the Defeated Mentality

“The vanquished always want to imitate the victor in his distinctive characteristics, his dress, his occupation, and all his other conditions and customs. The reason for this is that the soul always sees perfection in the person who is superior to it and to whom it is subservient. It considers him perfect, either because it … Continue reading Ibn Khaldun on the Defeated Mentality

Maulana Islahi* on the Caliphate: A Duty upon every Muslim

The Duty of Muslims as Muslims It is due to this duty of prophethood that his Ummah has been given the title of the best Ummah. If the Muslims forget this bounden duty of theirs, they are but a nation among the nations of the world. They have neither any good in them nor any … Continue reading Maulana Islahi* on the Caliphate: A Duty upon every Muslim

Imam al-Shatibi* and Imam al-Tabari on Adherence to the Jama‘ah and the Imam (Caliph)

The sixteenth issue [1] is that the narration of those who narrated, “and that is the Jama‘ah (main body of Muslims),”  [see previous footnote] as the meaning of the saved sect, is in need of commentary, because although its interpretation is clear by means of the elucidation of another narration – and that is his … Continue reading Imam al-Shatibi* and Imam al-Tabari on Adherence to the Jama‘ah and the Imam (Caliph)

Imam Ghazālī on Socialising with Despotic Rulers

Anyone who knows of a tyrant’s injustice, or of a sinner’s sins, should lower his esteem for that person in his heart. In fact, it is required (wājib) to do so. This is because if something that is disapproved is committed by a person, it is certain to detract from his standing. So, sin should … Continue reading Imam Ghazālī on Socialising with Despotic Rulers