Khilafah, Politics and Governance
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Concept of Khilafah is pan-Islamism to promote thinking as one ummah and to avoid any segregation based on color, geographical location, language and culture. It is to be very clearly understood that it is NOT about toppling western governments in any manner. Reviewing history and studying Khilafah's basic concepts will very clearly reveal that it can only be established in Islamic countries. Therefore, this point of western governments toppling is pointless. Secondly, it is also to be understood that greater cooperation is essential for better global economy and also for the people living within Khilafah. If we use an analogy, European Union inherits many aspects of khilafah (in political sense) where they are harvesting the benefits of pan-Europeanism. So, if we look at it with an open mind, it makes absolute sense for Muslim countries to get stitched together as one body, as they always were for 13 centuries before being torn into pieces after foreign interventions and wars that were not theirs. Also with analogy, if we look at European Union as threat to Western or Asian Governments and fear that European Union is going to get established in America or take-over Russia, we would be touching heights of irrationality. Similarly, Khilafah can only be established in Islamic countries. Period.
Means of doing establishing khilafah is a scholarly debate. However, it is absolutely clear that it can never be done using any form of violence, oppression and immoral acts. Anyone who does that and claims that they are establishing Khilafah for the sake of Allah and His messenger are 180 degree opposite to the commandments of Allah and Rasool Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him and may his mention be exalted). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came as mercy for all the worlds, Muslims as well as non-Muslims. He even allowed non-Muslims to stay in his mosque - second of the most blessed places in Islam. He even forgave all his enemy who gave him all the pain and put him in circumstances where he lost his beloved wife and uncle. He forgave all of them when he entered Makkah and even exalted their status by making their houses a place of safety for everyone. It is therefore important to understand the correct methodology of Khilafah in Islam and differentiate it from that what is created by the Khwarij of present age.
Some orientalists and Khwarij bring misquoted and half-quoted verses from Quran claiming that Islam promotes violence. It is exactly same as showing someone a brick and saying it is the house. I have debated with many people coming up with such arguments. It does not take long to figure out the senselessness of such claims if we look at these verses in their correct context and in combination with understanding of topic being discussed in that particular chapter of Quran. With many verses that were revealed during the wars or in the time of war, Allah SWT clearly mentions in the preceding verses that if other side is inclined towards 'peace', do not fight with them. Allah goes even further and says that He does not like the oppressors. So those who do the brutal acts of oppression and violence are getting Allah's wrath.
Next logical question is that how would we know about these things. The answer is very simple - Do your first hand research and consult those who know. Many of our non-Muslim brothers and sister make their opinion from what they listen from one side only. As a basic principle of research, we have to understand all available information and different point of views before making a conclusion. It is also important to clarify these issues with authentic scholars and not an average person you find on road who happens to be a Muslim. One of the objectives of this website is to dissolve these misunderstanding and enable first-hand research. And as we do in any other field of life, when we are stuck with anything and are doubtful, we consult our teacher and those who have expertise in that area. Same should we do in understanding about Islam too. We should seek assistance from authentic Islamic scholars before making any firm opinion.
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