Times are desperate and we need unity. I hope we can all leave off any unnecessary arguments as topics like this often lead to. I'm merely posting this for us to reflect, ponder over and benefit.
Blame Ourselves or Blame the Rulers
Prepared by Dr Saleh as Saleh( May Allah grant him ferdous al'a'laa )Taken from www.arabic-courses.com
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) talked about what people think is the fitnah of "our times", i.e. meaning his own times, but this applies just as well to the contemporary fitnah of our own times. About the ways of Allaah (I) in this creation vis-a-vis the rulers and the ruled, he said :
"And contemplate Allaah's (I) Wisdom when He made people of authority, making them a reflection of the ruled. It is as if the deeds of the ruled appear in the form and deeds of their rulers :
if the ruled are upright, then their rulers will be uprightif the ruled incline away from uprightness, then their rulers will do the same to themif the ruled transgress and oppress, then their rulers will do the same to themif there appears deception and plotting from the ruled, then it will be the same from their rulersif the ruled take away the rights of the people and become miser as to the rights of others, then their rulers will do the same to them and deprive them of their rightsif the ruled take away from the oppressed /weak among them that which they deserve not to take in their transactions with them, then their rulers will do that towards the ruled's wealth and take what they deserve not, and impose on the ruled taxes and assignmentsand whenever the ruled take from the oppressed and weak unjustly, then their rulers will do the same to them and take it by forceso the actions of the ruled appear in the actions of the rulers and it is not in the Divine Wisdom that Allaah (I) assigns authority over the wicked and evils ones, EXCEPT to the ones who are of their own kindSince the first generation was of the best generation and of the most righteous, ... so were their leaders righteousIt is not befitting Allaah's Wisdaom that in "our times" (Ibnul Qayyim's times) that those assigned to authority over us be the like of Muaawiya and 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Aziz, not to mention Abu Bakr and 'Umar. The leaders of those before us were in accordance with their own conditions and ranks. Our leaders are in accordance with our own condition and rank. In both cases, this is entailed by the Wisdom of Allaah (I)."
Such is the conclusion of Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullah) concerning his times, i.e. the 8th century A.H., so what do you think about our own times?
The Wisdom of Allaah (I) pertains to His Attributes. He puts things in accordance with His Hikmah and puts them in their proper places with what fits. The Wisdom of Allaah (I) has a noble and most perfect objective.
As for those who hasten in making these roads for "deliverance" and see getting rid of the rulers as the solution to their problems, they confuse symptoms and disease.
The rulers are seen as being the causes when in reality they are only the symptoms. The true illness is within the ruled. Therefore, all endeavors towards finding a solution should focus on the ruled themselves.
The deeds of the ruled are reflected in the deeds of the people having authority over them. When the people are not ready and are away from the deen of Allaah, who would you expect them to deserve as rulers?
Prepared by Dr saleh as Saleh
( May Allah grant him ferdous al'a'laa)
The democratic system was first originated in Rome, and has nothing to do with Islam.
Good point, we should always work on fixing ourselves first. But if the muslim ruler is not even 'muslim', than it's a whole different story. Because if a muslim ruler is a hypocrite who claims to be a muslim, than how is he any different from Firaun (Pharoah) who ruled the Children of Israel and they had to get rid of him because he didn't accept Islam? rather he oppressed and was a tyrant.
You are correct 'democracy' as both a concept, a system, an ideal or as a constitutional framework is not from Islam. However, I have heard it emerged from Classical Athens. The word itself is from 'Demos' and 'Kratia', which means representative and people and was coined during the time period of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato a few centuries before Rome replaced Greece as Europe's leading empire. However, even Classical Greece was not totally Democratic either, women could not vote.
So what. Is that a problem, if they came on that idea first? Tell me, did Islam tell the people to speak the truth and that telling a lie is wrong? No, it does not have its origin in Islam as we know it. It has its origin in the islamic nature (Fitrah), which every human being gets in his genes. Nobody even needed prophets to tell them, that telling lies is wrong or in religious terms sinful. And even if something does have its origin in Islam and we find out, that it also existed before in other cultures or religions, we should think, Islam is the religion, which is close to Fitrah.
Have you never read God's comments on the desire of the Bani Israel to have a king? Have you never read, what Quran tells us, how we should resolve our conflicts (amruhum shura baynahum)?
The other day, I had to shake my head, when I was looking at that survey in TTI about what you think about hijaab. Now we will decide the matters of haq and baatil by voting? No, we use voting only to resolve our conflicts. Period.
If you sincerely think niqaab is a must, you should stick to that opinion, even if the whole world is against you, unless God opens your heart on another interpretation. Stick to your opinion, express it to others BUT for all practical purposes, accept the decision of the ruling majority, which may be wrong but it is your duty ot obey them. If you think, they are wrong, it is your duty to try to change the opinion of the majority in your favour. Once again, democracy is not a tool to decide between haq and baatil. It is a tool to resolve the conflicts in a society.
The difficulty in this day and age is Takfeer has become out of hand while some rulers may be justly named as Non Muslim, it is not for the lay person to do so, at least not professionally speaking. However, you are right, what course of action should be taken once it is firmly established that a ruler of a Muslim country is really a Kafir. The Scholars and others with the correct knowledge should ideally be able to guide us and lead us out of difficult times and into the light, but as with all dreams and aspirations, it may not always work out that way as well.
Assalammu Alaikum Brother Saif and Jazakallah Khayrun for your comments. It seems you are a little angry with what I said. First of all let me clarify a few things and then you are welcome to state your views on the matters in question.
I did not say that Niqab is compulsory and I still don't. If I gave that impression I am sorry. I am not sure why you thought so.
Second, did I say I oppose democracy? That is both in principle, in concept, out of merit or otherwise. I don't think I said anything beyond what I am aware of its immediate linguistic origin and that it is not from Islam. I believe I kept my personal opinions on the issue out of the thread. I don't know how much you have read my other posts to decipher and evaluate my philosophical approach to different topics I discuss. If I start a thread, the headline is normally the same as the source of the story and give the link, I usually leave no comments, no introduction and no concluding epilogues. This is because I don't wish to cloud anyone's judgement by my prefatory remarks and I am interested in what others have to say as if I had nothing to do with first initiating the thread.