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3. CONTENTIONS AROUND THE OBLIGATION TO ESTABLISH THE KHILAFAH: There is nothing in the Sunna to suggest that establishing a Khilafah is an obligation upon the Muslims.

BY DR. REZA PANKHURST
This article has been reproduced from Dr. Reza Pankhurst’s facebook page.

Contention 3: There is nothing in the Sunna to suggest that establishing a Khilafah is an obligation upon the Muslims.

  1. There are several narrations in the Sunna which indicate the obligation of both establishing an Imam, and of obeying an Imam
  2. Any narration which talks about the necessity to obey the Imam of the Muslims is also a proof of the necessity to establish such an Imam if it is absent
  3. These narrations link the obligation to the phrase “death of jahiliyya” – which is also an indication that not having an Imam would be a sin upon that person
  4. Any claim otherwise highlights an ignorance of the meaning of the texts found in the Sunna, and the understanding of normative Islam and the ulama throughout the ages

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2. CONTENTIONS AROUND THE OBLIGATION TO ESTABLISH THE KHILAFAH: The obligation to establish a Khilafa is not mentioned in the Quran, and therefore not an obligation.

BY DR. REZA PANKHURST
This article has been reproduced from Dr. Reza Pankhurst’s facebook page.

Contention 2: The obligation to establish a Khilafa is not mentioned in the Quran, and therefore not an obligation.

  1. The obligation can be derived from the Quran directly
  2. Every verse that mentions a law that must be implemented is an evidence for the obligation to establish an authority to implement that law
  3. Ali Abdul Raziq was the first contemporary scholar to make the claim there was no evidence in the quran for the obligation of the khilafa – and his views were deconstructed as completely inaccurate and incorrect]

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1. CONTENTIONS AROUND THE OBLIGATION TO ESTABLISH THE KHILAFAH: There was no consensus among the companions that appointing a Khalifa is obligatory upon the Muslims.

BY DR. REZA PANKHURST
This article has been reproduced from Dr. Reza Pankhurst’s facebook page.

Contention 1: There was no consensus among the companions that appointing a Khalifa is obligatory upon the Muslims.

  1. There is a clear consensus of companions upon the necessity to appoint an Imam
    2. Their consensus also shows that they considered appointing the Khalifa to be an utmost priority, which was prioritised over both the burial of the Prophet ﷺ and the sanctity of life.
    3. The companions differed over who should be the Khalifa – a point which does not detract from its obligation and rather shows that the appointment of Khalifa is by choice and that it is necessity
    4. The ijma of sahaba upon the obligation of appointing an Imam is considered a Qat`i – or definitive – proof

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The Inevitable Caliphate?: A History of the Struggle for Global Islamic Union, 1924 to the Present

BY DR. REZA PANKHURST
This highly recommended title can be purchased from Amazon.

Book synopsis:

While in the West ‘the Caliphate” evokes overwhelmingly negative images, throughout Islamic history it has been regarded as the ideal Islamic polity. In the wake of the “Arab Spring” and the removal of long-standing dictators in the Middle East, in which the dominant discourse appears to be one of the compatibility of Islam and democracy, reviving the Caliphate has continued to exercise the minds of its opponents and advocates. Reza Pankhurst’s book contributes to our understanding of Islam in politics, the path of Islamic revival across the last century and how the popularity of the Caliphate in Muslim discourse waned and later re-emerged.

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Imam Ghazali’s Movement for the Unification of the Ummah & Caliphate – A reply to ‘Mufti Abu Layth’ and secularists

BY ABDULLAH AL ANDALUSI
This article has been reproduced from abdullahalandalusi.com

I recently addressed a particular detractor of the Islamic obligation for Muslims to be politically united under a Caliphate.

‘Mufti Abu Layth’ [or ‘MAL’ for brevity] preaches that belief in the Caliphate is a ‘cancerous ideology’, an ‘erroneous view’, and is even a form of ‘hate speech’. As part of a supposed “#CallEmOut” and “#ReclaimIslam” campaign, he urged his readers to, in effect, witch-hunt anyone who professes this belief.

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Genocide of Rohingya Muslims: “Our Lord, take us out of this town whose inhabitants are wrongdoers”

وَمَا لَكُمْ لَا تُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَالْمُسْتَضْعَفِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ وَالْوِلْدَانِ الَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْ هَذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ الظَّالِمِ أَهْلُهَا وَاجْعَلْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ وَلِيًّا وَاجْعَلْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ نَصِيرًا

“What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of Allah – for those men, women and children who are oppressed and say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this town whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!’?”

(An-Nisaa, 4:75)

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