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INFOGRAPHIC: Administrative Divisions of the Caliphate

The vast territories which the Islamic State rules over are divided up in to administrative units to ease in the task of ruling.

The top level division is The Province (Wiliyah) which is headed by a Governor (Wali).

The Province is divided in to Districts (I’mala) which are headed by a Mayor (‘Amil).

The District is sub-divided in to Cities (Qasabah) headed by a Chief Executive (Mudeer).

The City is further divided in to Neighbourhoods or Quarters (Hayy) each headed by a Director (Mudeer). Traditionally a Neighbourhood consisted of 40 houses.

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Media in the Caliphate

Media nowadays has become incredibly powerful and is often referred to as the fourth branch of government. They play a vital role in accounting governments and shaping public opinion. For this reason, governments in the Muslim world impose strict controls on the media and many journalists and editors have been imprisoned for exposing government corruption.

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Muslims are not treacherous and they fulfil their covenants

Allah (Most High) says:

يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا أَوفوا بِالعُقودِ

“O you who believe! Fulfil your covenants.”

(Al-Maaida, 5:2)

The alif lam on the word Al-Uqud is alif lam of jinsiyah (genus) which means it includes all types of contracts and covenants.

According to Imam Al Raghib Al Isfahani, the Uqud (covenants) referred to in this verse, ‘are of three kinds:

1- the covenants between Allah and man, i.e. man’s obligations towards Allah,

2- between man and his own soul,

3- and between the individual and his fellow men

So this command includes ruling contracts such as citizenship and treaties. Throughout Islamic history the Caliphate fulfilled its covenants and treaties during peace and war, and the Islamic army was known for its exemplary conduct. Islam could not have spread so quickly if those carrying Islam were treacherous and committed atrocities.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ages of the Caliphs

During the Rightly Guided Caliphate all the Caliphs were selected freely by those who represented the opinion of the Muslims. They were given the Bay’ah (Pledge of Allegiance) on the basis of meritocracy and each of them had huge political experience. Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali had all held the position of Wazir (Delegated Assistant) which is the highest government position after the Caliph. When we look to their ages we see they were all elder statesman (excluding Hasan who became Caliph during the civil war).

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