Community and Caliphate

The jihad of the age is to invite and welcome people into Islam. This is quite different from the dialectical arguing that people do today and quite wrongly call da’wa. We repudiate utterly the ‘body count’ mentality of those preachers who go from city to city reaping ‘shahadas’ and leave in their wake a trail of confused people. Everything goes back to building people, building human beings, the activity called tarbiya that is quite different from education. And it can only be done in communities. And what else was Madina the Luminous?
Any sane desire must have a clear path to its completion. That we retain the image of a global caliphate is well and good, but without some clear steps to its attainment, it is fantasy and delusion.
If you say that you want to achieve it through elections and the democratic process, then you have not understood democracy since democracy from the beginning of time has always concealed oligarchy, and in our time that is the oligarchy of finance.
I am not even going to deal with the issue of elections being the introduction of a bid’a in the deen since even if one could justify the bid’a it nevertheless, according to my argument above, is a waste of time anyway.
All concepts of election vis-a-vis the caliph in the traditional fiqh refer to his election by power figures in Muslim society who are such through their social standing and lineage, wealth, power and knowledge and who are known as Ahl al-Hall wa’l-‘Aqd – the People of Loosing and Binding.
It goes without saying that a desire to achieve the caliphate by military means is unachievable as the world stands today since quite logically if you are allowed to flee from a force more than twice your strength, then you are not required to engage them in the first place.
And use of insurrectionary military tactics, such as suicide bombing and other things commonly called terrorism, is clearly haram by our fiqh, no matter the eminence of those ulama who condone them.
Therefore we are left with humbler goals. And we have not abandoned the caliphate or the importance of the shariah even if it is today politically incorrect to mention them let alone espouse them. Nor are we merely being deceitful until the moment when … contrary to the conspiracy theories of Islamophobes.

Published by admin

Abdassamad Clarke is from Ulster and was formally educated at Edinburgh University in Mathematics and Physics, and in Cairo in Arabic and tajwid and other Islamic sciences. He accepted Islam at the hands of Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi in 1973. In the 80s he was secretary to the imam of the Dublin Mosque, and in the early 90s imam khatib of the Norwich Mosque, where he is currently an imam and teacher. He has translated the Muwatta of Imam Muhammad by Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ash-Shaybani (jointly with Muhammad Abdarrahman), which was published by Turath Publishing at the end of July 2004 and a number of other works from Arabic: al-Qawl al-mu'tamad fi mashru'iyyat adh-dhikr bi'l-ism al-mufrad by Shaykh al-Alawi on the standing in Shari’ah of using the divine name in dhikr, which was published by Diwan Press as first part of The Two Invocations and since republished by Madinah Press, The History of the Khalifahs (the chapters on the Khulafa ar-Rashidun from as-Suyuti’s Tarikh al-Khulafa), the Complete Forty Hadith (translation of Imam an-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith along with the Imam’s explanation of their fiqh and linquistic usages) and Kitab al-Jami’ by Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (published as A Madinan View), Rijal – narrators of the Muwatta of Imam Muhammad, all published by Ta-Ha Publishers of London, Kitab al-athar by Imam Abu Hanifah and transmitted by Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ash-Shaybani (Turath Publishing 2006), The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom (a translation of Jami' al-'ulum wa'l-hikam by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, published by Turath Publishing 2007). In addition he has edited Aisha Bewley's translation of Ibn Hajar's abridgement of at-Targhib wa't-Tarhib, Ibn Taymiyyah's al-Kalim at-Tayyib both published by the UK Islamic Academy, Dr Asadullah Yate's translation of al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah, published by Ta-Ha Publishing and a number of other works. He is currently engaged with Suád Østergaard on a translation of the Qur’an into Danish, the first volume of which translated in collaboration with Jakob Werdelin, comprising Surat al-Fatihah, Surat al-Baqarah and Surah Ali ‘Imran, was recently published as Den gavmilde Qur’an: en fremlægning of de tre første suraer by Havens Forlag of Copenhagen. Translations yet to be published include Traditions of the Sunnah (Athar as-sunan) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Ali an-Nimawi (jointly with Mawlana In'amuddin), to be published by Turath Publishing Ltd. Among his unpublished translations are the Sciences of Tafsir comprising portions of Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi’s Qur’anic commentary at-Tashil li ‘ulum at-tanzil, in particular his introductory sections on the essential elements of the sciences necessary for tafsir. He is author of a number of children’s books, The Year of the Elephant, The Great Victory and The Last Battle all of which are on the sirah of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as well as The Story of Stories about the Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him, in which he drew a great deal on the commentary of Ibn Juzayy, may Allah be merciful to him. He has also a poem God is Dead published in the Minaret journal of Stockholm, Sweden, and an as-yet unpublished collection of short stories called Tales Are Like That, and a novel called The Wings of the Butterfly. Abdassamad is a teacher of both adults and children in Qur’an recitation (tajwid) and meanings, Arabic language and the deen in general, most recently having organised and taken part in a conference under the auspices of Islamic Events of London on the History of the Islamic Khalifate, and having given discourses in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Jena, Weimar, Copenhagen and the Midlands. 18 April, 2007 0:03

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *