Rebellion Against The Muslim Leader From An Islamic Perspective Essay

1633 WordsDec 16, 20167 Pages
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the Worlds and Peace and Blessings upon his beloved Messenger, his family, his companions, and all those who follow in his righteous path until the Day of Judgment. This paper is about rebellion against the Muslim leader from an Islamic perspective. But before we discuss that, we must first talk about who has the right to lead? To whom does the command belong? There are many different systems of government in the world. In a democratic system, it is said, “government of the people, by the people.” In a dictatorship, the governance is the Muslim leader himself. In Islam, the rule is for Allah subhanahu wata’ala. Allah said, “The command (Hukm) or rule is for none but Allah” (The Quran, Yusuf 40). The legislative authority in a Muslim state ultimately refers to Allah and the divine revelation (Salama, pg 39). So the Muslim leader in a Muslim state must govern by the divine revelation. Therefore it is obligatory for Muslims to choose a leader, Imam or Caliph, who will rule according to the Shariah in order to protect the religion and manage the affairs of the State. Appointing a Muslim leader is a Fard Kifayah or collective responsibility, which must be carried out by Ahl Al-Hall wal Aqd (people of power and influence). For many centuries, Islamic Shariah ruled Muslims, but in more recent times man-made laws are ruling many Muslim countries. This goes against the teachings of Islam. According to all Muslim scholars, ruling by anything
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