In the name of Allaah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful
Allaah the Almighty said:
“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.” (Surat Aal ‘Imran 110)
Islam is a religion that depends on the two sources of its law (i.e. the Qur’aan and Sunnah), and its adherents are commanded by Allaah (exalted is He) to His obedience. Without one of the two, one’s Islam is void since obedience to the Messenger himself (peace and blessings be upon him) via one’s following of the Sunnah is the same as following the Qur’aan as Allaah ta’ala says in His noble book:
“O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.” (Surat an Nisaa’ 59)
This devotion to following the Law prescribed by Allaah and His messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is what unites the Muslim Ummah. No matter the race or status of a Muslim, his or her belief in Allaah and His messenger brings him to the same equal status with that of a Muslim of another status or race. In regards to ethnicity, a differing scale of status based on race is a completely foreign concept to Islam, just as it doesn’t matter if one is “born a Muslim” or born to disbelieving parents.
A Muslim is under no obligation whatsoever to follow the laws of whatever country he or she resides in if its laws contradict the Shari’ah of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. A Muslim lives only to serve the law of Allaah and His messenger. This is why no matter where one travels in the world, one will see Muslims of different races and languages praying in the same way, fasting in the same month, referring to the same articles of jurisprudence in regards to religious duties, and that one may notice that every Muslim of every country speaks the same Arabic language in greetings and in prayer since Arabic is the language of the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
This is because the Shari’ah of the Qur’aan and Sunnah does not differ nor acknowledge the sovereignty of the countries or races of its adherents in regards to how it sees and judges them, but rather it obligates all of them to follow the one Shari’ah Law.
As such, the true leader of the whole Muslim Ummah is the one who upholds the two main sources of law via the consensus and unanimous agreement of the religious scholars. It becomes incumbent upon the Muslims to obey him, but only if he ascribes his verdicts from the two noble sources. Thus it would become a necessity to disobey him if he would deviate from the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar that the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) said:
“It is obligatory upon a Muslim that he should listen (to the ruler appointed over him) and obey him whether he likes it or not, except that he is ordered to do a sinful thing. If he is ordered to do a sinful act, a Muslim should neither listen to him nor should he obey his orders.” (Sahih Bukhari, 2955)
Islam as a word means “Submission”, “Surrender”, “Obedience”, “Sincerity” and “Peace.” All of the aforementioned meanings of the word relate to one’s obedience to Islamic Shari’ah law. One submits, surrenders, obeys in sincerity and peace to Allaah and His messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and this is what constitutes one as a Muslim.
So now, in our current times, when the Muslim Ummah is divided and the Caliphate is no longer in existence, it is thus incumbent upon us to restore the rule of Islamic law by fighting in the way of Allaah. Al Jihad is WAAJIB (compulsory) in this sense. Muslims everywhere are being oppressed for their obedience to the law of Allaah and thus in turn disobedience to the whims of the disbelievers. In some cases, they are not merely being oppressed but killed! Such violence against this Ummah has taken place ever since the last Caliph was taken out of office BY FORCE. Now that the Caliphate has been abolished AND REPLACED by the governments of the disbelievers, the Muslims have thus been rendered vulnerable.
“And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say; “Surely Allah’s guidance, that is the (true) guidance”. (Qur’aan, Surat al Baqarah)
Without unity in Islam, the Muslims become susceptible to outside attacks due to the hatred that the disbelievers have for Islam. The innate nature of a Muslim is devotion to his or her Lord and His messenger; so to follow anyone or anything other than what is approved by the Shari’ah is completely against his or her nature. When Muslims exercise this innate will to resist the disbelievers’ advancement, the disbelievers in turn attack harshly, and such is the reason why al Jihad (or struggle for the sake of Allaah in the restoration of His law) is necessary as it points the people to al Haqq wat Tawheed (the truth and monotheism) and saves them from the attacks of Shaytan and his company (the disbelievers).
Islam’s rule of law is necessary to a Muslim’s faith as denial of a single letter from the Qur’aan and even a word that came from the mouth of the Apostle of Allaah is deemed as kufr (disbelief). Anyone who contends with any part of the Shari’ah, such resentment renders so and so out of the fold of Islam and as such is in no place to call him or herself a Muslim.
Wassalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,
Your brother in faith, Abu Haydar al Ashraf