24 April, 2011

How to Deal with Present Day Rulers and Systems?–(Part 8 : Conclusion & Summary)

This blog post is a part of a series of articles : “How to Deal with Present Day Rulers and Systems”, which is an academic effort to understand the sayings of Allah’s Messenger on the topic. To view the index click here.
الله ابتعثنا لنخرج من شاء من عبادة العباد إلى عبادة الله، ومن ضيق الدنيا إلى سعتها، ومن جور الاديان إلى عدل الاسلام
Perhaps, no city in the world has witnessed so many battles, like the Holy City of Jerusalem. Abu ‘Ubaida ibn al-Jarrah (May Allah be Pleased with him) laid siege on Jerusalem, and the Christian ruler agreed to hand-over the keys of Jerusalem to the Muslims without any fight, if the Muslim leader would come himself. Umer bin al-Khattab (May Allah be Pleased with him) came from Madinah with his servant. He met the army of Muslims near Jerusalem, who saw him riding on a camel, and wearing an old cloth which was torn from several places; it had fourteen patches according to some narrations. Muslim army got concerned that we are in a land of pomp and show, and they forwarded those concerns to ‘Umer bin al-Khattab through Abu ‘Ubaida. ‘Umer bin al-Khattab (May Allah be Pleased with him) punched him in the chest and said:
نحن قوم أعزنا الله بالإسلام فمهما ابتغينا العزة بغيره أذلنا الله 
“We are a nation, whom Allah honoured through Islam, and in it (Islam) we seek honour, and if we seek it in something else, Allah will dishonour us”
Reference:  Mustadrak al-Haakim (Hadith # 207, 208), Ad-Dahabi has agreed with hakim that it is according to the conditions of the two Shaikhs, also quoted by ibn Kathir in Al-bidayah Wan-Nihayah (Vol 7/70).
A very important question that affects our life-style is our approach to the rulers and systems that we are living in. We have spent a century searching for lost glory in the hypocrisy of democracy. We have sought respect in forming alliances with our enemies. We have compromised countless constants of religion to regain some honour. In contrast to the way of believers, we have committed the same mistake number of times and we are still doing it today.
As weird as it can get, we are bombarded with the narrations of Prophet Muhammad on following the Khalifah when there is no Khalifah, and sticking to the central of body of Muslims, when there is no central body of Muslims. There is an evident struggle out there to keep us silent slaves of secular systems. We are told the narrations of Prophet Muhammad that do not apply to us, and the narrations where he ordered us to stand up against rulers who don’t rule by the law of Allah are kept hidden from us.
“…He who strove against them with his hand was a believer, he who strove against them with his tongue was a believer, and he who strove against them with his heart was a believer and beyond that there is no faith even to the extent of a mustard seed.” [Sahih al-Muslim]
“…Every one of you, who realizes that, must not be policemen, not a corporal, not a collector and not a treasurer with them” [Ibn e Hibban]
…If anyone goes to them and, despite their falsehood, vouches for their truth and, despite their tyranny, helps them over their oppression, then he does not belong to me and I am not his and he will not make it to my pond” [Jami’ Tirmdhi]
“…Whosoever from you reaches that time, then there is no obedience to the one who disobeys Allah” [Mustadrak al-Haakim]
We have to counter these secular systems with our tongue and turn them away by force. We have to strive to make the Kalimah (order) of Allah supreme. This is the only way to our salvation and to ensure peace in this world. I end with the words of Rabee’a bin ‘Aamir (May Allah be pleased with him, that he said in the palace of Rustam:
الله ابتعثنا لنخرج من شاء من عبادة العباد إلى عبادة الله، ومن ضيق الدنيا إلى سعتها، ومن جور الاديان إلى عدل الاسلام.
"Allah has raised us to rescue mankind from slavery of fellow humans and to make them devoted servants of Allah, and to deliver them from the cage of materialism to the magnanimity of spirituality,  And to liberate them from the tyranny of different religions and systems and guide them to the equity of Islam." [Al-Bidayah Wan-Bihayah 7/47]
If you still believe, the current Muslim nation states to be Islamic States, and their leaders to be your Ameer, then you should give ba’iah to them, as the people of earlier generations gave ba’iah to Khulafa of their times. In Islam, we submit to the system through the leader, by our commitment (ba’iah) to him. And if you don’t want to submit to these secular systems, and you don’t find your leaders worthy of giving ba’iah to, then you should commit yourself to bring the rule of Allah, to bring a leader and system, under which you can practice the mandatory act of ba’iah :
سمعت رسول الله صلی الله عليه وسلم يقول من خلع يدا من طاعة لقي الله يوم القيامة لا حجة له ومن مات وليس في عنقه بيعة مات ميتة جاهلية
“ One who withdraws his hand from obedience will find no argument when he stands before Allah on the Day of Judgment, and one who dies without having bound himself by an oath of allegiance (ba’iah) will die the death of one belonging to the days of Jahillyya.
Reference: Sahih al-Muslim (Hadith # 296), Narrated by ibn e Umar (May Allah be pleased with him).
If you still disagree, and consider this opinion strange, then let me remind you:
بَدَأَ الْإِسْلَامُ غَرِيبًا وَسَيَعُودُ كَمَا بَدَأَ غَرِيبًا فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاءِ
It was narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: “Islam began as a stranger and it will return as a stranger, so, blessed are the strangers.”
Reference: Sahih Muslim (Hadith # 208)

And Allah Knows Best.

May Allah count us amongst the victorious group الطائفة المنصورة.
Author: Mohammad Awais Tahir

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1 comment:

  1. JazakAllah!!! Keep up the good work. May Allah guide us all to the right path and forgive us. Save us from hell fire and admit us in Jannat-ul-Firdaus. Ameen. Suma Ameen. Ya Rab-ul-Aalameen...