Anejm Choudary: In the name of Allah, Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem. As a Muslim, the sole aim for us in life is to please Allah (SWT) in everything that we do, whether that be in our relationship with our wife and children, or with our neighbours or even in the foreign policy of an Islamic State.
Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an (the inimitable word of Allah) that the Messenger Muhammad was sent as a mercy for mankind to take us out of the darkness of man-made law in the beauty and justice of Islam. Indeed the Messenger Muhammad (saw) was given certain things no prophet was ever given before, such as that he was sent for the whole of mankind whereas all previous prophets were sent specifically to their own people.
In light of this fact the Messenger Muhammad — whose sayings, actions and consent are revelation in addition to the Qur’an — made many statements regarding how Islam will one day dominate the whole world, such as that Allah (SWT) showed him the east and the west and the authority of the Ummah (Muslims) was over the whole of it, i.e. over the whole world including the USA, Russia, China, India etc. This is something Muslims must believe in and try to realize through their daw’ah (propagation of Islam) and through the establishment of the Khilafah (the Islamic State) whose foreign policy will be jihad to remove all obstacles in the way of the implementation of Islam (i.e. the sharia) everywhere.
The first Islamic State [caliphate] was established by the Prophet himself in Medina, the main method he employed was
(i) To culture the masses about Islam,
(ii) Commanding good and forbidding evil and
(iii) Seeking military support to overthrow the corrupted regimes.
Hence if we are also to establish the Islamic State from a situation similar to the Prophet when he was living in Mecca where there was non-Islamic law dominant, and which was, once established, in existence from 622 AD until 1924 AD, then we must imitate the Messenger Muhammad, who is the best example for mankind and whose imitation Allah (SWT) has made an obligation in all matters in our life (with the exception of a few matters which were unique to the Prophet himself) by engaging in the duties above which he himself engaged in.
Culturing the masses about Islam involves explaining to the society how Islam will resolve all the problems that beset it from the economy, social, to the judiciary and ruling etc., to invite people to submit exclusively to Allah (SWT) in all their affairs, not just in ritual matters.
A Muslim must not obey, submit or follow anyone or anything other than Allah in his life. This means that democracy is anathema to Islam, which says that sovereignty belongs to man, whereas Islam says that sovereignty belongs to God and that the authority must be in the hands of Muslims who must implement the sharia.
Choudary, center, with mic
In the absence of Islam being implemented anywhere in the world as a complete way of life since 1924, today we can see that we have 55 so called Muslim countries who all implement oppressive man-made law whether they are monarchies or secular systems, and that none of them implement Islam.
Some such as Saudi Arabia and Iran may give lip service to Islam and implement aspects of the judiciary and social system, but in the absence of the whole package such as the education system, the social and economic justice etc, these regimes only increase the hatred towards the sharia instead of encouraging its full implementation and enticing people towards it.
Rather, when we look to the sharia being implemented as a whole in the history of the Islamic State, we find that it eradicated poverty, eliminated much of the crime that plagues the societies today and guaranteed basic rights for all citizens, Muslim and non-Muslim, such as free food, clothing and shelter and the protection of the religion, life, honour, mind and wealth of all citizens.
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As an example, Andalusia (Spain today) had the sharia implemented over it for some 800 years, where the Muslims, Christians and Jews were able to live side by side with their rights fulfilled and safety and security guaranteed. It was under this Islamic rule that much of the works of ancient scholars and religious texts were translated into modern languages and the things that we all take for granted, such as pavements, street lights, libraries, hospitals, running water etc. were introduced into the heart of Europe.
Not to mention how the current day Western court systems, administration, welfare, universities, etc. heavily borrowed from those established by the Khulafah (heads of the Islamic State over the centuries) and transformed themselves into what they are today, even though they are still not as they would be if the shar’a were established.
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