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. There are several narrations in the Sunna which indicate the obligation of both establishing an Imam, and of obeying an Imam 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 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 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
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. The obligation can be derived from the Quran directly Every verse that mentions a law that must be implemented is an evidence for the obligation to establish an authority to implement that law 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]
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. 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
Administrative Divisions of the Caliphate The Caliphate is divided up administratively to aid the Caliph in the task of ruling. Administrative divisions exist in all states today differing only in size and name. The territories which the Islamic State rules over are divided into provinces where each province is known as a wiliyah. The provinces are in turn divided into districts where each district is known as an i’mala. The person appointed over the province is called a governor (wali) and the person appointed over the district is called a mayor (‘amil) or ruler (hakim).1
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.
This infographic depicts the institutions (ajhizat) of the first Islamic State in Medina ruled by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Allah (Most High) has guided human beings in all aspects of life including ruling, politics and economics. As with all Islamic rules the general rules are detailed in the Holy Qur’an and the fine details are specified in the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, the best example that we are obliged to follow.
The House of Representatives (Majlis al-Ummah) is an elected council whose members can be Muslim, non-Muslim, men or women. These members represent the interests of their constituencies within the state. The Majlis has no powers of legislation like in a democratic parliament but it does have many powers that act as a counterbalance to the executive powers of the Caliph.