Do more

Continued from the previous post. Obviously wat follows is merely my opinion based on wat I have read, seen and gone through. It will be a bit random as I am only trying to put everything in one single post.

After the death of the Prophet (SAW), the time of the Caliphate of Hazrat Omar (RA) is usually deemed to be the time wen the maqasid of sharia were being achieved although a lot of people had (and still have) reservations. Obviously, the best time has to be that of the Khulfa-e-rashideen but the other three Khulfa had to deal with many civil wars during their eras and most of the time we forget talking about their reforms and ‘good governance’. Since then, there has been no muslim ruler (Hazrat Omar (RA) hated to be called a ruler, he preferred the modest Ameer-ul-momineen) who has been able to achieve even a fraction of that.

Today, as we see the world, it is a shame that it is in fact the Scandinavian countries that come close to achieving the maqasid of sharia. Obviously they have laws that permit vulagrity, illegitimate live-in couples and so on so forth but they value life and the government protects their right to be allowed to practice the religion they belong to, to get free education, to get opportunities of employment and to get their wealth and property protected (arsonists dont go around burning other people’s property there).

Challenging the writ of the State

Soon after the death of the Prophet (SAW), the Ridda Wars broke out because Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiq’s (RA) Caliphate was not accepted and the writ of the State was challenged. The issue got so heated up that there was no option but to go on war.

Although there were lot more misunderstandings in the coming years, the writ of the state was once again challenged in a brutal way during Jang-e-Siffin by a group of people who were known to be very pious Muslims but in fact ended up calling Hazrat Ali (RA) kafir. This whole issue led to Jang-e-Neherwan and later shahadat of Hazrat Ali (RA).

Today, the writ of the state is being challenged in the worst manner. I dont like the government and it is their mistakes that its all come so far.

It is important to understand that everyone sporting a beard is not someone who has the authority to implement a sharia. The Prophet (SAW) has very clearly talked about such people: “There would be a group of people among you who would recite the Book but it will not go beyond their throats, they would pass through teachings of the Deen as an arrow passes through the prey. They would kill the followers of Islam and spare the idol-worshippers.” [Sahih Muslim]

Zaid Hamid on Operation Rah-e-Haq

PS: I am not a Zaid Hamid fan and I do not necessarily agree with everything that he says but I think he has summed it up quite well in the video

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10 thoughts on “Do more”

  1. If you still dont know wat I have been trying to say in the last two posts, i am basically just saying that it is the spirit of Sharia (maqasid) that needs to be implemented rather than fighting on the length of burkha and the length of beard

  2. ummmn, ever heard of Umar bin Abdul Aziz?

    He was a role model muslim caliph after the first 4 caliph .. 🙂 ..

    If you can get hold of his life history, its a must read for every muslim.

  3. A few things came to my mind while reading and which I want to share:

    – Firstly, when arguing something by way of Islamic sources or precedence, it is always better and avoids confusion to adopt the terminologies used therein. Modern thought on politics and society have their own origins and perspectives on how things should be done. It would be extremely imprudent to search for justification of concepts phrased in the terminologies of modern political thought through the prism of Islamic jurisprudence or history. Unless of course one has sufficient grounding in both. So whatever we read almost everyday in the editorial pages of Dawn may be better left justified by their own arguments : )

    – The matters of uprising or rebellion against Zalim or Fasiq rulers (not state) is not necessarily an absolute taboo. There has always been an issue of Khurooj in fiqh which deals with the circumstances in which it may become permissible to forcefully overthrow the incumbent political dispensation. Some famous examples in which scholars supported such a thing are the Khurooj of Zaid bin Ali (grandson of Hussain ra), Muhammad bin Abdullah (also called Nafs-e-Zakiyya) and his brother Ibrahim bin Abdullah, both of them were from the lineage of Ali ra (my sources suggest they were the sons of Hasan bin Ali ra). And the scholars who supported them were no other than towering figures like Abu Haneefa and Imam Malik, ra.

    With that said, I should also mention here in honesty that as the time progressed, the majority opinion converged on the impermissibility of Khurooj to the point that some people now tend to think that it was approved only by Abu Haneefa. But that is quite another subject in itself and I would rather not open it here.

    – The case of infighting between muslims is not jihad as the first video suggests. True, it *could* be that one group is totally right and the other wrong but just that doesn’t turn anything into Jihad.

    – According to my college mates who are from the villages around Buner or in Malakand, people are extremely angry both at Taliban and the army. In fact, they are accusing army of being in collusion with Taliban. This was so at least till three or four days after this operation started. You can read about the same thing here too:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/05/090508_displaced_feature_ra.shtml

    – Don’t you think you are being a bit reactionary in singling out only the maqasid of sharia that needs implementation? Reactionary I mean to what we have just witnessed being done by some groups in other parts of the country. If that is so, you might want to check the flow of your thoughts as being reactionary could only lead you to the exact antithesis of the things without having much substance from the sources of Shariah whose objectives you want to achieve : )

  4. i am not saying that pak army is full of angels but i hate the TTP. They are not jihadis, i.e. not the true Talebans…they are terrorists. I dont even think they are muslims. They are just using the name of Islam, masquerading as muslims, funded by enemies of Islam and Pakistan, getting sympathies from Pakistanis cuz they talk of implementing sharia which is after all the ultimate dream of all Pakistanis. So many women die every year cuz of complications in their pregnancies and yet the TTP thinks educating women is against the sharia. if they wont let women get education, how will we have female doctors in the regions where women observe pardah so strictly! I mean I am not very strict with pardah but I still prefer female doctors over male doctors.
    As for whats happening in other parts of the country, obviously I condemn the atrocities against people anywhere in the world, let alone Pakistan that is why i said i would prefer the laws of Scandinavian countries over whatever is happening here in Pakistan…or has been happening in this region for the past so many centuries. At least the people there can stand up for their rights, are protected by the law, get proper medical and educational facilities and so on so forth. This fighting over the petty issues like burkha is better than a chadder wont get us anywhere. Sharia is to help people live peacefully, not to be burried alive in the name of Islam and ghairat. We need to understand that so much is done culturally and is labeled as Islam. A lot of the things that the TTP wants to impose is just part of a particular culture and has nothing to do with Islam.
    And dude, u write really long comments… 😛

  5. So now comes the real case against TTP : )

    Most of the things in your last post seem to have been prompted by my reference to what people think of Pakistan army. Well, that was not given to show that TTP and army are on the same plain but to suggest that Zaid sahab’s assertion that people in malakand had begun to wail for the intervention by our saviour army might be a little weak. I forgot to indicate this link but that really was just another perspective on one of the contents in your post and that’s all.

    In the end, you don’t know that I posted my previous comment after deleting some of the stuff because I thought that would make it too long!

  6. Zaid Hamid is one person who I don’t listen to whether right or wrong, because he speculates a lot. However, it is true that throw in the name of Islam in anything and it sells in Pakistan. TTP has nicely used that business model.

    Whoever challenges the writ of the state needs to be dealt with, here people are carrying weapons in the name of tradition..so not acceptable.

    Women’s education can easily be supported by reading the Islamic history, dunno where the TTP gets its info from.

  7. Very well written Leena….
    it was so good to read…

    @Anas..
    I dunno whether he speculates or not but for a fact I know other sources to confirm that TTP have been kicked out by Taliban’s of Afghanistan just cuz of their anti-pakistan approach of Jihad.

    I would second Leena in clarifying that not every Muslim practising Islam is Taliban and we should not spread the negative propaganda about the commonly used word “Taliban”

  8. Before delving or labelling the Taliban, people need to understand there are off-shoots and branches within Taliban too.

    I support Shariah Law and the implementation of it in our lands and I won’t hesitate to admit, I wasn’t dismayed when the Taliban first called for Shariah Law in SWAT. However, I changed my views when they started doing things contrary to Islamic Law and teachings of Islam.

    For the record, Mullah Umar actually tried calling a halt a couple of months ago to the attacks on the Pakistan Army saying that it wasn’t Jihad and the real Jihad is in Afghanistan against US forces.

    Wa Allahu Aa’lam

  9. Brickwall said, “Firstly, when arguing something by way of Islamic sources or precedence, it is always better and avoids confusion to adopt the terminologies used therein. Modern thought on politics and society have their own origins and perspectives on how things should be done. It would be extremely imprudent to search for justification of concepts phrased in the terminologies of modern political thought through the prism of Islamic jurisprudence or history.”

    A very, very, crucially important point Traditionalists and Muslims as a whole must turn to their great attention and caution, especially at this moment in time, since the moderns have come to so ‘fundamentally’ (excuse for using this this term in its disgusting connotative sense) brush aside the perspectives of other civilizations; and most unfortunately, people of the other civilizations, especially some pathetic intellectuals, who have stopped viewing things from their own perspective and think independently, thus enslaving themselves to the western ideals that threaten the very existence of a traditional world . As Nasr said some 60 years ago in Pakistan that you cannot see yourself through the eyes of another person, only you can know yourself by seeing at yourself. A very important point raised by Brickwall. We need to work on that – a lot, in a scholarly, studious manner.

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