Understanding the Power & Leadership dynamic in Islam

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve begun to inadvertently map out the power and leadership dynamic in Islam. This was born out after I heard a few khutbah’s in different Masajid’s on the current situations facing the Muslims the world over. The explicit message was that Muslims have no rights to rise up against their leader.

I don’t think what was said in my case is much different to what many Masajid’s across the UK are saying…perhaps some of you would like to ask the question of your sheikhs and report back what you find.

The three conditions outlined, once viewed objectively, without hot headed emotion, are sound. For the reasons I’ve already pointed out.

The real issue is that you will never have any scholars making a judgement that either the ruler does not approve of, or that criticises his rule.

If getting a fatwa is the first step to legitimise your rally against a corrupt, oppressive and tyrant ruler with the others to follow, then you are doomed from the get go.

The crux of the matter, when it’s pared back to its fundamental element, is that of leadership & governance in Islam.

In my reading and understanding, I can draw the conclusion that Islamic governance has gone through three periods, that changed from being based upon:

Period One – Consultation (Shura) in the periods of the Prophet SAW and the four rightly guided caliphs.

Period Two – To a sheer contest of power during the umawi period.

Period Three – and finally to rule by divine right during the abbasi period.

We have been stuck in the third period ever since.

If we are truly objective and view our own Islamic history using the criterion of a textual critic, then you would come to the simple realisation, that for all the talk of following the sunnah of the Prophet SAW, the reality is that we are taught the ways of the third period.

It becomes rather laughable that for all these, dare I say, selective interpreters of Islam will denounce fighting the leader, but speak with such gushing praise for the house of sauds.

They seem to conveniently forget that the marriage of the bandit saud family with the preacher ibn wahaab (backed, trained and funded by the British) overthrew the then Ottoman caliphate from the Arabian peninsula.

This type of thinking is instilled and inculcated amongst all Muslims from an early age so we don’t ask the tough questions, and it’s a self searching form of Ijtihad that we are told not to explore.

Mapping out this dynamic will be a long process, but Insh’Allah I’ll share with you whatever I find in my readings on this subject.

The very basics are to understand the concepts that I’ve outlined in this post, once you’ve done that, you maybe ready to accept what is follow down the line.

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