Does Politics Exist in Islaam

Abu Abdillah

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Does Politics Exist in Islaam​

AUTHOR: Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaamee [D. 1416H]
SOURCE: Sharh Shuroot-is-Salaat (pg. 37-38)

Many people shun politics because they think that it doesn’t exist in Islaam. Politics does exist in Islaam. It is deep and profound. Unfortunately, many of the politicians today are unaware of Islamic politics. Politics today consists of deception, lying, flattery, and hypocrisy in most cases. However, Islamic politics is contrary to this. Islamic politics means: Good planning and management. By it, you will learn how to get out of situations without falling into lying. And you will know how to give precedence to advantages over disadvantages. You will know how to prioritize if there are evils, i.e. how to commit the least evil in order to avoid a greater evil. Knowing these things is from the politics that are religiously legislated.

What also falls under legislated politics is when the Messenger left the hypocrites to stay amongst the ranks of the Companions, even though he knew who they were, out of fear that it would be said that Muhammad kills his Companions. If he (sallAllaahi ‘alayhi wa sallam) were to have killed the hypocrites, whom he knew by name, the people who are not aware of the facts would have made a big issue out of it, as the saying goes: “They make a mountain out of a pebble.”

So the people would say: “Muhammad has started to kill his Companions.” This would then have harmed the course of the Da’wah (Call to Islaam), impeding it from moving forward. So it would have been halted and the enemies would have increased. Therefore, it was a greater advantage to let this number of people remain amongst the ranks of the Muslims for it would ensure that the Call to Islaam continues to progress in the world.

Another example of religiously legislated politics is when Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahi ‘alayhi wa sallam) saw the manner in which many people would be harmed by the door of the Ka’bah. The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahi ‘alayhi wa sallam) strongly wished to demolish the Ka’bah, connect it to the ground and then make two doors for it – a door from which people would come in and another door from which they would exit instead of the hardship and turmoil the people were going through at that time. However, as he (sallAllaahi ‘alayhi wa sallam) told ‘Aa’ishah: “If it were not for the fact that your people had just come out of the Days of Ignorance, I would surely have done that.”

If the Prophet (sallAllaahi ‘alayhi wa sallam) were to have demolished the Ka’bah and return it back to the structure of Ibraaheem, connecting the door to the ground, the people would have found great ease as they would have been able to enter from here and exit from there. Instead (at the time of the Prophet), the only thing that could be found was people climbing up and lining up on the backs of others. Whoever paid something would be pulled by his hand and mounted on top (of the backs of people to reach the elevated door). And whoever did not pay would be turned away and thrown to the floor.

However, all of this was a lesser evil – even though it caused hardship and grief to some people – than if it were to be said that Muhammad has begun to demolish the Ka’bah. If news of this were to spread throughout the earth, people would be hindered from entering Islaam. So by not doing that, he (sallAllaahi ‘alayhi wa sallam) was choosing the lesser of the two evils. This is a form of legislated politics. Examples of this are many. If you study the written works on religious politics by Imaam Ibn Taimiyyah, his student, Ibn Al-Qayyim, and others, you will realize that politics do exist in Islaam. However, it is honest politics and not false. So we should know this precisely.

So if you understand Islaam in terms of its beliefs, its acts of worship, its interactions and all of the other subjects that we mentioned – if you know all of this – you would be taking from the original source. You would be taking from the niche of prophethood. At this point, you would know where the Saved Sect is. But as before this, then no, you wouldn’t. You would be aligning yourself with everyone out there.

Today you hear about certain groups that call themselves the Islamic Group aligning themselves with Communists, secularists, and nationalists in supporting the oppressor over the oppressed. Why is this? It is due to their lack of understanding the Religion. It is just a mere claim – “Islaam, Islaam, Islaam!” This is not an empty word. Islaam is a Religion of actions. Acquire knowledge before you speak and act. This is how you will come to know the Saved Sect, which everyone wishes to be a part of.


Subhana Allah!
:ma::ma::ma: very nice point, jazak Allahu khayra for sharing, may Allah subhana wata'ala increase ur knowledge ameen:SMILY47:

abdul hai

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If us muslims follow the footsteps of our prophet I really don't think we might need politics''



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Asalamualikum wa rehamatullah
there is one quotation from Urdu poet Dr. Iqbal which says "Juda Ho Deen Siyasat Say Toh Reh Jatee Hai Chengazi" it means that if Religion is seperated from Islam it becomes Chengezee(a cruel ruler of the past). Islam is totality i.e. how you perform all the things in the life let it be politics, jehad, donations, or day to day life
well people nowadays do not understand politics.politics means to manage the affairs of the people and this is general and it is not defined by any ideology.however,politics has been implemented by all the ideologies which have existed namely Islam,Capitalsim and Communism. Politics in these ideologies differ by the way it is used.for example,in Capitalism and Communism,the state manages the affairs of the people by using their minds while in Islam,the Khilafah state manages the affairs of the Ummah by the Quran and that is why we see many people defining politics as a bad thing or the likes.this is because the capitalists use politics to corrupt and rob people and that is why we see all sorts of problems and conflicts because they use their minds to govern.however,in Islam politics is different as the Khaleefah uses the Quran and Sunnah to govern the life of the people.this is what is meant by politics.hopes this gives you comprehension

Umm Abdullah

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Is politcs something you can study in Islam :S You mentioned ' choosing the lesser of two evils, but that is a fiqhi principle. I mean in Islam we can study shari3ah, fiqh, hadith, quran right? So politics does that come under fiqh &/or Shari3ah? I hope my question make sense :D


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Jazakallah Khair.

I don't understand people who say 'Don't bring Islam into politics, religion is a personal thing'. Islam is a Complete Code/Way of Life. What else can you expect from the final religion of Allah? Islam came to guide people to the right path in life, and this doesn't just mean doing the prayer, zakat, fasting, etc. Everything else we do in this Dunya is also to be done according to the guidelines of Islam and that is part of our obedience to Allah. Politics obviously has to be done Islamically, because you can't rule by laws other than the laws of Islam which came from Allah. Islam is the right path, on an individual level, a family level, and also a state level.
Actually there is difference between the meaning of political in Islam
Western world and any other systems they mean by political The art of lying and deception and they serve that concept by their full power and their armies
Palestine was occupied by that concept
Kashmeer was destroyed also by that concept
chechan people were killed by that concept
ALIslam seem as an enemy for all the world by that concept
No body know that the first ruling system was put the true mean of political is the islam system
political mean in arabic word ALSeyasah
from the verb Sasah
and we say for the man how look after sheeps ( sayees )
also for the father how look after his family
and for the president how look after his people
and our messenger Mohammed sala allah alehe wa salam say ( Bany Israel people they were Received care by sayess the messengers and prophets )
that mean the messengers and prophets were looking after their people ( Bani Israil ) by verb seyasah
So islam put a concept for political which it (Care of people Affairs)
so when islam go to make a relation with another country he will make for Care of people Affairs not for money or power or oil
and when islam put Economy system he put it for (Care of people Affairs)
Islam rule world for 1400 years
how many time one human die cause he is hungry
for one muslim woman they send army by unbelievable numbers
thats the system we like to have
cause that system from allah
not from human
and who know better the machine or who use the machine or the creative of the machine