The False Justifications for a Sunni Khilafah


I was astounded today when I read a response to justify the Sunni institution of the Khilafah (Caliphate):

Evidence 1

“And rule between them by that which Allah revealed to you, and do not follow their vain desires away from the truth which came to you”. [ 5:48]

Allah (swt) has ordered the Prophet to rule between Muslims by that which He (swt) revealed to him and has obliged Muslims to restrict themselves to all the rules of the Shari’ah. An order of Allah (swt) to the Prophet is an order to the entire Ummah, unless there is evidence which limits the order to him. In this case there is no such evidence, so the order to rule by all that Allah has revealed is binding for all the Muslims.

Because the word Ma (what) is general in its meaning, it signifies that the order refers to all of the aspects of governing that have been revealed, and not merely a part of it.

This order to the prophet has been given in a decisive manner, and does not leave room for doubt or alternative meanings orunderstandings.

Evidence 2

“..Verily the ‘Hukm’ (command, Judgment) is for none but Allah..” [12:40]

This ayah states that the privilege of rule is reserved for Allah alone. In fact, it is an aspect of tauhid to refer to Allah for solutions to all of life’s affairs, and one of the names of Allah is “The Legislator”.

Evidence 3

“Whoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, they are disbelievers” [5:44]

“Whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are oppressors” [5:45]

“Whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are transgressors” [5:47]

Whoever does not govern with what Allah has revealed is of the disbelievers, or oppressors, or transgressors. Again, because the word Ma (what) in this verse is general, so it includes everything that Allah has revealed.
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Anyone who knows the above ayat would be sad at their miscontextualised use. Lets begin with 5/48. The author starts his quote with ‘And rule between them by that which Allah revealed to you’ . How do you apply a verse which begins with an ‘and’? Obviously you must read 5/48 in full and when you do you will see this:

And We have revealed to you,the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed …

As you can see, the author’s allegation about the ‘maa’ and general use is patently false. It is not general, it refers to the Quran. Nothing else is mentioned. You should write the author to withdraw such a poor use of the Quran.

As for the khilafah, it is an institiution which has no basis in the Quran. It’s not that the Quran rejects the notion of a government. Rather it rejects the ideas of classical Sharia law. A great example would be blasphemy and apostasy. The Quran simply has no provisions for the two and whatever punishment stipulated is therefore unquranic.

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One Response to The False Justifications for a Sunni Khilafah

  1. Mansoor says:

    Dear why you astounded, when there is a clear Order in Quran, “Which prophet give you take it, and which prophet stop you, you just stop”.
    Khilafah (Caliphate) is system which was ruled by the Muslims a long time, but due our internal conflicts and conspiracies of Jews this system was abolished. But in Ahadith it is written, that in the end time Again Khilafah (Caliphate) will establish.
    The Evidence 1 you quote is misinterpreted.
    “And rule between them by that which Allah revealed to you, and do not follow their vain desires away from the truth which came to you”. [ 5:48]
    You said “In this case there is no such evidence, so the order to rule by all that Allah has revealed is binding for all the Muslims.” is wrongly understand. The writ of God develop on earth is responsibility of every human except Satanist. Becoz they want to develop writ of Satan so they deny establishing writ of God on earth.
    The vidence 2 you quoted also interpreted as your own desire.
    “..Verily the ‘Hukm’ (command, Judgment) is for none but Allah..” [12:40]
    This ayah states that the privilege of rule is reserved for Allah alone. In fact, it is an aspect of tauhid to refer to Allah for solutions to all of life’s affairs, and one of the names of Allah is “The Legislator”.
    Actually this Ayat strong told us that this “Hukam” government is only for Allah, So with full power (Physical/ mental/ spiritual /knowledgeable) develop “Hukam”Allah’s writ on earth. Never think even to develop writ of State. Writ is only for Allah.

    Evidence 3
    “Whoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, they are disbelievers” [5:44]
    “Whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are oppressors” [5:45]
    “Whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are transgressors” [5:47]
    Whoever does not govern with what Allah has revealed is of the disbelievers, or oppressors, or transgressors. Again, because the word Ma (what) in this verse is general, so it includes everything that Allah has revealed.

    The Annotation of these Ayaats you quoted Again miss interpreted.
    When the Khilafah (Caliphate) develop then Evil system go down, the power of Khair (virtue) become in force. And the Leader (Khilifa) is not corrupt as in Demon-cracy. In the Heart of Poise Khilifa, Allah always reveals the truth. So his decision based on that heart revelation & there is eternal peace and prosperity forever

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