Sunday, July 13, 2008

From the mind of Elmo's World on Salafi Street to the Mind the Quran Builds

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On the Concentration of Political and Secular Information: From the
Mind of Elmo’s World on “Salafi Street” to the Mind the Quran Builds
As we, REVOLUTION MUSLIM, finished street dawa outside the masjid a past Friday,
wal-hamdulilah, an ordinary western convert to the ideology and mentality spouted
by what is properly termed the “Saudi Salafi sect”, a group of brainwashed
haoxsters that provide legitimacy to the apostate leaders here in the West much
like the Committees for Propagating Virtue and Preventing Vice and their executive
arm, the muttawin prevent criticism of the leaders in Saudi Arabia, confronted us
with good intentions and attempted to call us to recognize the impermissibility of
rebelling against the ruler by making the typical claims that we are in fact duh, duh,
duh, dahhh… KHAWARIJ. While this argument has been held so many times that we
are actually starting to answer their questions before they bring them up, the
brother did provide some criticism about the concentration of political issues on our
website that I think warrants a response, albeit a short and common sense one.
All Muslims are familiar with those that pronounce with their tongues that they are
“salafis.” They are frequently caught spouting quotations from the scholars they
follow and in actuality accept unquestionably. They are those that will scold an
individual for not following Sheikh Albani’s methodology of prayer and they are
those that are full of vehement hatred for the mujahideen. Ask them where there
is a jihad right now and they will tell you that it is in their pacing up and down the
isles of the masjids and the surrounding territory correcting the innovations while
spilling the blood of those working against the tyranny in the Muslim world. Talk to
them about anything other than what they have memorized in their study circles
however and they have nothing to say due to their inability to think abstractly and
their lack of knowledge about the world, especially current events. This is certainly
not the way of the sahaba they claim to imitate. Indeed nearly every sahaba (RAA)
after the Prophet’s death (SAWS) passed away holding a military, legislative, or
political position in the then expanding Islamic empire.
The calamity that faces the Muslims today is predominantly a political one. Since
the onslaught of colonialism and western dominance, the fall of the caliphate after
World War I, and the subsequent nation state secularism accepted by EVERY Muslim
country in the world, the number one cause and the greatest example of shirk in
the ummah is in regards to the legislation that has dominated the Muslims for over
80 years. The greatest fitnah facing Muslims today is that people have left the
Hakkimyya of Allah. If people start making dua to other than Allah (SWT) it is
imperative that Muslims work to eradicate this evil, but with the advancement of
literacy and technology the world over, the shirk that faces the ummah is not
necessarily the shirk of associating partners with Allah (SWT) in supplication or in
prostration; it is the shirk of political legislation and ruling by laws that do not
conform to the norms set forth by Allah. The proofs for this are innumerable. Allah
(SWT) says, "But no, by Your Lord, they can have no faith until they make you
judge in all disputes between them and find in their souls no resistance against
your decisions, but accept them with the fullest submission (4:65) (see also 4:58-
59, 5:44, 5:45, 5:47, 5:48, 5:49, 6:57). These narrow-minded individuals have
been taught otherwise however and therefore go about propagating the idea that
you must call to tauhid first. But the religion of Allah (SWT) is complete and calling
to the hukm (rule) of Allah (SWT) is calling to tauhid. As Allah explains,
Today, I have completed your religion, perfected My blessing upon you,
and I have decreed Submission as the religion for you. (5:3)
Shaikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab gave attention to Tauhid- Ulohiyaa in his time
when he saw the people were worshipping saints and graves, and Imam Ahmad
focused on Asma wa-Saffat (Names and Attributes) in a time when the people fell
short of tauhid in that respect, and now when the calamity facing the Muslims is
that they are absent a caliph by 80-plus years and the affairs of the ummah are not
dictated islamically, the people must be taught that legislation is a form of worship
and that the one who denies or violates it is no different than the one who
prostrates to an idol. The legislation of the public affairs is a necessary component
of ibada regardless of whether you isolate it as a separate component of tauhid or
include it under tauhid uhloohiyya. However, the mind of these “Saudi Salafis”
would rather spend time calling those who point to tauhid-al hakkimyya as a
necessary emphasis as innovators. Ask them if they believe in Tauhid al-Hakkimya
however and they will reply affirmatively. Thereby they are able to deflect the
conversation to one of technicalities and definitions and away from the ideological
comprehension of tauhid in all its aspects and the subsequent effort to eradicate
the shirk of legislation this comprehension leads to. By casting doubt against the
callers to Hakkimyya they are able to prevent its entering the dominant discourse
even though they too believe in it in principle but do not understand it in actuality.
The situation is similar to the way intellectuals are kept out of the mainstream
discourse in the West. By constantly requesting that ideas be kept concise so as to
conform to the deliberately manufactured needs of the dominant media, the power
structure prevents them from being heard and entering the realm of everyday
discussion. Popular opinion may conform with the ideas of the intellectuals calling
for just institutions but because the powerful control the discourse these ideas are
suppressed and presented as though they are on the fringe. This is a manner of
ideological warfare far more successful than violent oppression. The powerful
redefine justice to suit their needs and prevent its actual implementation in the
West much like the powerful redefine Islam in the Middle East, by giving positions
of respect to a dominant and complacent elite that protect the narrative and control
of the regimes. The situation of these Saudi Salafis is no different, by reverting the
masses away from the Muslims calling to the truth, they are able to separate them
on the fringe and thereby delegitimize their call before the argument is even heard.
The fact that they know someone who studied in Saudi Arabia and that they have
him on speed-dial is enough for them to pledge their unconditional loyalty; this
gives them a sense of entitlement and superiority they oftentimes do not see, much
like the white, Protestant males from this society: snobbish, arrogant, and
constantly ready to point their fingers at the poor and oppressed. Ask a Saudi Salafi
for a solution to the contemporary situation and his or her reply will be that when
the women in Palestine start to cover their hair and men pray fajr in the masjid all
will be well. Until then they deserve their privileged position living off the crumbs
of empire in the developed West or under the shade affronted to them by their
loyalty to an oppressive oil-rich King in the Muslim world. This mentality and not
the individuals that physically hold it, is the primary field for warfare today and only
in studying, analyzing and grasping the present situation can the Muslim mind
implement a comprehension of tauhid in action and implement these ideas in
practice, thus altering the external reality and condition of Islam in the world and
serving to resurrect a renaissance from amongst the Muslims that may propel them
back to greatness.
You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind, you enjoin Al-
Ma’ruf (good) and forbid what is Al-Munkar (all that is evil), and you
believe in Allah’ (3:110)
It is common for the allies of western empire and the tyrants that rule over Muslim
land today to label and describe committed Muslims as ‘political’ so that people
disassociate from them and so that they label them the infamous term “terrorists”,
otherwise known as Khawarij in the Muslim world. They hope that society will shun
them and that they in turn will not have to resort to their own repressive policies of
kidnap, extortion and murder. The outcome is that society hates what is termed
‘political Islam’, b
ut one that doesn’t recognize that Islam is political and that the legislator is Allah,
has not grasped the concept of LA ILAHA IL ALLAH- which is two parts negation
(Nafi) and affirmation (Ithbat). Allah describes, “Let there be no compulsion in
religion: truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects the taghoot and
believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks
(2:256).” Here rejection is mentioned first because one must denounce all other
taghout (false idols). Again the mind of the Saudi Salafi leads them to believe that
this is merely the worship of idols but the Arabic word ‘taghout’ has been defined
as, “an idol, a false god; seducer, tempter (to error).” Muhsin Kahn has defined the
term as, “anything worshipped other than the Real God (Allah), i.e. all the false
idols.” And he includes, “saints, graves, RULERS AND LEADERS WHO ARE FALSELY
JUDGMENT.” Allah (SWT) also says, “O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the
Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything
among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and
the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination. Hast thou not
turned Thy vision to those who declare that they believe in the revelations that
have come to thee and to those before thee? Their (real) wish is to resort together
for judgment (in their disputes) to the Evil One (taghout), though they were
ordered to reject him. But Satan's wish is to lead them astray far away (from the
right),” and yet the mind of the ignorant one is led to believe that seeking the
judgment of America is a necessary evil in this day and age. This verse was
revealed when a Jew and a hypocrite fell into a dispute. The hypocrite called on
Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, to arbitrate between them, while the Jew called on the Prophet
Muhammad (SAW). When they came to him, the Prophet ruled in favor of the Jew.
But the hypocrite was not satisfied, and so they went before 'Umar (RAA). The Jew
told him what had happened, whereupon he ['Umar] turned to the hypocrite and
asked him, 'Is this true?', and when he replied, 'Yes', he ['Umar] killed him. Isn’t it
strange how these Muslims today command us to understand the religion of Islam
as the companions (RAA) while they ignore the vital methodological underpinnings
of their ways and actions? Wherever this ignorant understanding exists and is
deliberate there is disbelief for their disbelief resembles the same disbelief of those
who take part of the book and not all of it and those who refer to other than what
Allah (SWT) has revealed in legislation. Note how Umar (RA) slayed the hypocrite
and left alone the Jew. As soon as he referred to the ‘taghout’ for decision Umar
(RA) didn’t hesitate in taking action. We need to return to a true understanding of
Islam as understood by this valiant Caliph. Allah says,
And surely We have raised in every nation a messenger, (proclaiming):
Serve Allah and shun the taghout. Then some of them (there were) whom
Allah guided, and some of them (there were) upon whom error had just
hold. Do travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for the
And then to travel in the land and see what was then end of the rejecters is a
command to understand the historical record. It is an imperative command to see
that injustice and falsehood are bound to perish by analyzing the history of the
world. The Quran explains this history by mentioning some of the prophets who
came to call people to justice and to rule over them with the righteous commands
of Allah (SWT). Allah's Messenger is reported to have said, "The Prophets took care
of the affairs of the children of Israel, whenever a Prophet died another Prophet
succeeded him, but there will be no Prophet after me. There will be caliphs and
they will number many." This saying documents that the Prophets legislated and
were great statesman and politicians. The set up just societies and were therefore
honored by Allah (SWT). By approaching life understanding the struggle of the
Prophet’s to establish justice in the society, one cannot help but desire to constantly
strive to make the world a better place. By understanding the everyday political
affairs and the religion one stands a chance to do so. Allah’s order in the
aforementioned ayat, to travel around and see the end of those before you, is
evidence that the mind the Quran builds believes in Allah, rejects the taghout and
then has a rational understanding of the environment so that it may make decisions
based on evidence. This is the part lacking in the ummah today.
The notion that everything was shown to us in the Quran and sunnah is a fallacious
misunderstanding of the idea that is Islam. Islam in its root means peace and in its
definition means submission. Similarly the Quran and Sunnah define the axiomatic
underpinnings or foundations of life and are rooted in the notion of peace yet leave
man in his rightful place in this universe, as ruler over the domains he may come
into contact with and with personal decisions that must be accrued in the mind, and
then practiced by behavior. The Quran and the sunnah guide the mind and
behavior but the individual is left to concoct creative ways to understand the
universe and then change the external surroundings in such a way that is conducive
to the idea of PEACE that is Islam. Say this to the mind reduced to the rote
memorization of hadith about patience with the ruler and the automatons sent by
the King to promote a version of Islam that prevents the spread of its actuality, and
they will throw their hands up in mockery crying that this is not the understanding
of the “salaf” and quoting that the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said I have shown
you all things. The belief that this means that every single minute detail is included
in the Quran and Sunnah is absurd. The point is that the foundations have been
detailed and from the foundations the mind of the Muslim may be guided to decide
and act in ways conducive to peace in the world. This belief implies responsibility
to work for justice and strive with life and wealth in the way of Allah. The
reductionist view of the narrow-minded minion of the King can only lead to the
preservation of the ideas propagated by Nimrod and Pharaoh. The notion that Islam
is clearly delineated and has no room for free thinking is the reason you see a
select group of individuals dedicated to memorizing and quantifying their religion.
It is a defense mechanism of personal enslavement to the likes of kings and priests.
As Allah (SWT) said,
They take their doctors of law and their monks for Lords besides Allah, and
also the Messiah, son of Mary. And they were enjoined that they should
serve Allah alone – there is no God but He. Be He glorified from what they
set up as partners with Him (9:31)
Adiyy ibn Hatim at-Taa’ee, a Christian convert said “By Allah, O Messenger of Allah,
we did not take them for lords besides Allah.” So he said, “When they made
something lawful forbidden for you, had you not used to declare it forbidden; and
when they made lawful something forbidden, had you not used to take it as being
lawful? He said, “as for that, then it did used to happen.” He said, then that is your
taking them as Lords besides Allah.” These ignoramuses so too repeat this grave
offense by listening intently only to the scholars that surround the King they so love
to protect, the buffoon who protects the biggest aggressor against Muslims in the
world today, and we seek refuge from the consequences of his abolishment of the
Jaabir Ibn ‘Abdillaah said that Allaah’s Messenger (SAWS) said to Ka’b Ibn ‘Ujrah,
“O Ka’b Ibn ‘Ujrah, I seek Allaah’s protection for you from the leadership of fools.
There shall be rulers, whoever enters upon them, then aids them in their
oppression and validates their lies, then he is not from me nor I from him, and he
shall not be admitted to the Hawd (a river in Paradise). Whoever does not enter
upon them, and does not aid them in their oppression, nor validates their lies, then
he is from me and I from him, and he shall be admitted to the Hawd.” (Collected by
Ahmad, al-Bazzaar, and Ibn Hibbaan; al-Albaanee authenticated it in “Saheeh at-
Targheeb wat-Tarheeb.” An-Nawawī said, “Al-Qādhī ‘Iyādh said, ‘The scholars have
formed a consensus that the leadership (Imāmah) is not to be contracted to a
disbeliever (Kāfir) and that if disbelief (Kufr) comes from him, then he is to be
removed.” – until he said – “So if disbelief (Kufr) and changing the legislation
(Shara’ ) or innovation (Bid’ah) comes from him, then he has left the status of
authority and his (right) of obedience falls and it becomes obligatory upon the
Muslims to rise up against him and remove him and set up a just Imām, if that is
possible for them. Then if that is not possible, except for a group (Tā’ifah), then it is
obligatory upon them (i.e. a group) to rise up and remove the disbeliever (Kāfir).
And that is not obligatory concerning the innovator, unless they assume that they
are able (to do so). Then if the inability is confirmed, then the uprising is not
obligatory, but the Muslims must make Hijrah away from his land to other than it,
and flee with his religion.” So, what of all their defenses of the King of Saudi Arabia
who clearly violates the shariah of Allah by accepting part and parcel every
component of the international, interest-based economic order, who has exempted
the royal family from equal treatment under the law, allowed 500,000 crusaders
onto Saudi soil to drop more bombs on Muslims than in all of World War II, seeks
judgment from the U.N. and U.S and takes for protectors the United States
government at the expense of the natural resources that belong to the people?
One financial analyst describes the situation as such, “Around 4.8 million Saudis
and 461,000 expatriates took bank loans or financed purchases in 2007… An
employee can now get a loan just on the strength of his monthly salary serving as
the only collateral,” 1 According to the salafis he is to be advised in private by the
scholars; however what they fail to grasp is the fact that the King of Saudi Arabia is
the scholars. The Higher Council of Ulama is an institution that allegedly protects
the shariah and it is legitimized by the relationship between Muhammad ibn Abdul
Wahhab and ibn Saud of the late 18th century, but as Sheikh Abdul Wahhab (RA)
has been dead for over 200 years so too has his creed. The imams that sit on top
of the Higher Council of Ulama are one of the institutions that protect the
dominance of the House of Saud. This council produces fatawas, books and
sermons designed to legitimate the political order. It was established in 1971 by
royal decree. The king appoints its members. The function of the Council as the
decree specifies, is “to express opinions of the shariah regarding matters submitted
to them by wali-al-amr (the king)” and while they present themselves as
independent their fatawas rarely oppose the position of the king. The Higher
Council of Ulama monopolizes the discourse by delegitimizing voices of dissent.
After the 1991 housing of infidels on Muslim soil, letters issued to the king by rising
Islamic voices called for reform, the movement known as the Islamic Awakening
was unable to influence the region however largely because the Higher Council did
not thrust forward with unabated support. The result was that the Muslims took it
upon themselves to remove the foreign troops. The Ulama responded by issuing
countless edicts against the “terrorists” and spreading a creed of conformity to the
Saudi establishment by calling for Muslims to pronounce themselves “salafi”,
thereby preserving power with a label despite the fact that the version of religion
they promote is far from the understanding of the the righteous generations at and
after the time of the prophet Muhammad. While it is typically argued that it is
permissible for the Muslims to seek the assistance of the kuffar against the kuffar
as was the case allegedly in regard to Grand Mufti Bin Baz’s fatawa legitimized kafir
troops on Saudi Arabian soil, it is not permissible to seek assistance from the kuffar
against the kuffar in the case of Hezbollah’s defeat of Israel in last summer’s war
because they are Rafida shia and kaffirs cannot be considered friends of the
Muslims. So, while the U.S. troops were bombing civilian targets in Iraq it was a
good thing, yet while the Shia were gaining the first victory in quite some time
against the Jews it is impermissible to support them. This is the way that fools
think and these double standards and twisting of the religion of Muhammad is the
very reason that the Prophet (SAWS) said that we would follow the Jews and
Christians right into the lizard hole. Those outside the hole choose to investigate
the truth and tell it as Allah (SWT) commands,
O You who believe! Show integrity for the sake of God, bearing witness
with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just.
Be just. That is closer to faith. Heed Allah (alone). Allah is aware of what
you do. -- (Qur'an, 5:8)
This sect made its way to the West via the narrow-minded individuals we are
referencing, and the mentality of the Saudi state has reproduced itself in the
Islamic society in many ways here. We consider reorganizing the collective Muslim
mind one of the means by which we may help to assist revive the religion and we
consider calling to the present situation and speaking about these atrocities as one
of the highest forms of jihad. As Imam Muqbil bin Hadee commented, “Allaah Azza
wa Jall says in his Noble Book “Let there arise from you a group inviting to good,
enjoining good and forbidding evil, and they are the successful (3:104) and it has
been established from the Hadeeth of Taariq bin Shehaab, that the Prophet (SAWS)
said "The best Jihad is (to say) a statement of truth to a tyrant ruler." (Saheeh al-
Jaami' #1100) "To" (Arabic: 'Ind, with) does not necessitate secrecy nor that he be
alone with the ruler. Regarding the Hadeeth "Whoever has advice for a ruler, then
let him advise him secretly or privately". The Asl (base or root) of this Hadeeth is in
Saheeh Muslim and the above addition was not mentioned in the Asl. Its Asl in
Saheeh Muslim says "Whoever hurts the people will be hurt" or close to this
meaning, and this addition was not mentioned. Thus it is necessary to examine the
addition. So whoever thinks it to be equal in strength to those who did not mention
it, then it is an acceptable addition. Or if its reporters are equal in number to those
who did not mention it, then it is an acceptable addition. But if it is a disparaged
addition, then it is considered Shaadhdhah (unacceptable). And this addition is from
the last type, so it is a disparage addition and considered Shaadhdhah. What is left
to mention is there is a difference between criticizing and denouncing on the
Mimbar the ruler's faults and between encouraging the people to revolt against him.
Calling to revolt is not permissible unless we see clear cut open Kufr, as in the
Hadeeth of 'Ubaada bin as-Saamit, (RA), he said "We gave a pledge to Allaah's
Messenger (SAWS), to listen and obey in our times of activeness and tiredness, our
times of difficulty and ease, and not to fight against the ruler unless we see open
Kufr that we have proof from Allaah for. And to say the truth wherever we might be
for Allaah, not fearing the blame of the blamers." Where ever we may be (Shaykh
Muqbil repeated the last part, to emphasize the truth may be said in public if
needed) And the Prophet (SAWS), ordered Aboo Dharr to say the truth even if it
was bitter. Ahmad reported this in his Musnad.” And so Revolution Muslim resorts to
denounce the clear cut replacement of the shariah as a means of revitalizing the
Still calling to this can be extremely dangerous. Sālih al-Fawzān, the favorite
scholar of the Saudi Salafis, is busy calling for the blood of Muslims that recognize
this struggle. In a tape entitled “Tracking Down the Terrorists is One of the Greatest
Forms of Jihad” a questioner states, “Noble Shaykh, may Allah grant you success.
We are a group of police officers and we would like to direct a question to you since
we have been entrusted in this country with investigating those who wish to disturb
the peace or oppose and reject obedience to the leader of affairs. And we have
heard of a religious verdict stating that it is impermissible to track these people
down to pursue them and fight them because they are “Mujāhidūn, and because
they want to expel the nonbelievers who fight Muslims in other countries such as
Iraq. So, what is the correct opinion regarding this, may Allah grant you success.”
The sheikh’s answer serves as an example of the ideas that propel these individuals
to consistently argue and threaten your well-being. He said, “May Allah assist you;
you are the ones making Jihad. You all, by this work of yours, are in Jihad. This is
because by doing this, you intend to prevent the people of falsehood, secure the
peace, and safeguard people’s lives, honor, and wealth. So, you are the ones
making Jihad; may Allah assist you. And the reward of the Mujāhidīn will
(instead) be written for you and for your compliance and obedience to the leader of
the Muslims. This job of yours is a respectable, dignified job, very honorable. So,
have no doubt about this.” This is certainly the understanding of a buffoon and
leads to a Stalin-like state of existence in Saudi Arabia today where everyone who
understands the kufr of the one who seeks the judgment of the taghout finds their
life in danger.
Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Just as the preparation is obligatory by making ready the
power from steeds of war, in those instances when it (i.e. the Jihād) collapses, due
to inability, (then preparing to do so also become obligatory) because whatever is
not fulfilled except with something else, then that thing (also) becomes obligatory.”
In the absence of the caliph and the Islamic state it becomes wajib to prepare to
protect the state from external attack, to promote the general welfare of the
population, and to concoct systems that may one day help to implement the
fundamental axioms of the shariah realistically inside a modern contemporary
society. The efforts of every Muslim in the West should be to take advantage of the
peace on this soil to study and analyze systems that may be implemented that
coincide with Islam and to work toward witnessing the reestablishment of the
Islamic state.
Many Muslims in this world are encumbered in intellectual inservitude at the hands
of a carefully contrived conspiracy against the shariah of Allah (SWT), and a
separation of the necessity of rejecting the taghoot in all its manifestations. As long
as the Saudi kings go to pray and claim shahada with the tongue they are free to
act and legislate in any way they please, and as long as they fund, advance, and
set up filters like the Higher Council of Ulama there will be no change in rhetoric.
This rhetoric is promulgated in the West were the leaders of Muslim communities
refuse to address the global body of Muslims and deal only with the situation in
their respective countries. This mentality too is wrong and documents the tacit
acceptance of the nation state system set up to divide the Muslims by the kuffar. It
is a form of modern tribalism that so to requires a political education in order to
work against its deceptions. We do not hate the people that promote this mentality
but do shun the ideas they hold.
The week before we had gone through a discussion about the history of the Higher
Council of Ulama and Saudi Arabia and we started with the life of Muhammad ibn
Abdul Wahhab (RA) because one cannot grasp the complexity of how the religious
establishment cements the throne of the apostate rulers without first looking
through a historical, political, economic and multidimensional lens, but the brother
could not maintain clarity in the conversation because as he saw it politics,
economics, history, science and the other dimensions have no place in the realm of
discussion and so the conversation was so foreign for him because his good
intentions to become a good Muslim and his effort to seek knowledge have
compartmentalized his ability to think, and so he was heard requesting that we
count down the prerequisites to salat and that we give him five books of the salaf
(a tactic used to show that you really haven’t read Fawzan’s commentary on Tauhid
and utilized to give a false sense of superiority a major factor in the character flaws
that drive these individuals to remain on the Saudi Salafi way even after having
talked to brother’s with our views); his rote memorization of his religion is the
reason why religious groups went astray in the past. The rabbis and monks that
they worship show them a way of life that is black and white, where there is no
room for ijtihad or ikhtilaf, and where everyone becomes a deviant as long as they
aren’t using the same phrases and evidences certified by the oppressor’s narrative.
Phrases and evidences so dangerous because they are cloaked in the Quran and
sunnah, and that are, for the most part, righteous.
The brother proceeded to attempt to prove that rebellion against the rulers was
impermissible no matter what the ruler did and he quoted a hadith where the
Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said, “If a maimed Abyssinian slave is appointed over
you and he conducts his affairs according to the book of Allah , you should listen
and obey,” but the evidence is clear, a Muslim follows any leader over him no matter
the social status, yet the condition “as long as he conducts his affairs according to
the book of Allah” cannot be disregarded. Islam requires that every Muslim has
political responsibility. He or she must be concerned with the general welfare of the
society and is ordered to defend the weak and fight tyranny and oppression. When
the borders of the Islamic state were rapidly expanding in the days of the rightly
guided caliphs, the Muslims came into contact with foreign cultures, ideas, and
systems. It was then that the ideas of ‘ijma’ (consensus) and ‘ijtihad’ were utilized
by the sahaba to derive political decisions from the Quran and sunnah that could
apply to a changing reality. It is this mind that must be resurrected in the ummah
today and efforts to understand the contemporary situation alongside efforts to
understand the religion is the only solution for the Muslim nation. When one
analyzes only one of these components of knowledge something is inherently
lacking in their interpretation of the reality of life and are stuck in a deception
rooted in the brain. We ask Allah (SWT) that he inspire you to work with us in
lifting the veil from the minds of the Muslims and that he recognize our efforts as a
form of understanding and propagating his tauhid. Amin!
Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is
Allah's; and whether you manifest what is in your minds or hide it, Allah
will call you to account according to it; then He will forgive whom He
pleases and chastise whom He pleases, and Allah has power over all
Qur'an 2.284

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