Sunday, 22 Rabi'ul Awal 1426Will Muslim society be secularized, and constitutional democracy
finally established in the Muslim world? Or, will destiny witness the
restoration of the Islamic model of a State (Khilafat)?
Before we attempt to answer that absolutely fascinating question which
will eventually emerge at the very heart of political discourse in
contemporary international affairs, let us briefly describe the
Khilafat or the (Sunni) Islamic model of polity and State.
It would surely surprise some of our readers to learn that Islam has
never claimed to be a new religion. Rather it has consistently
proclaimed that it is the original religion of Abraham, Moses, David,
Solomon, and Jesus (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all).
It was therefore natural that Prophet Muhammad (s) should have
preserved in the Islamic State of Madina the essential model of a
polity and State that was established by the Prophet-Kings, David (s)
and Solomon (s) in the Holy State of Israel. What was that model?
Firstly, political culture in Holy Israel tolerated no secular
separation of politics from religion. In both David (s) and Solomon
(s), the religious/spiritual head of the community (i.e., the Prophet),
was also, himself, King or Head of State. Secondly, the polity and
State recognized God as Sovereign (al-Malik), and to Him belonged the
Kingdom (al-Mulk), and hence Israel was the Kingdom of God on earth.
Thirdly, God’s authority and law were both supreme in this model of a
In the secular European model, on the other hand, sovereignty was taken
away from God and vested in the polity and State. That was blasphemy
(Shirk). God was further stripped of supreme authority and law and
these, also, were vested in the people and the State, and were
institutionalized in secular government (administration, judiciary and
legislature). That, also, was blasphemy (Shirk). The people not only
assumed supreme authority and installed their own man-made law as
supreme law, they even went on, and recklessly so, to make legally
permissible that which God had Himself prohibited. Such was the case,
for example, with the Divine prohibition of ‘lending money on
interest’, gambling and lottery, etc. The Qur’an has described all
these efforts to ‘play God’ as blasphemy (Shirk), which is the one sin
that Allah Most High has warned that He would never forgive. I guess
that someone would respond by accusing God of being fundamentalist.
When a people turn away from God, as they most certainly do in
political secularism and the secular State, the Qur’an has warned that
they would eventually forget Him and would pay the price of forgetting
themselves (i.e., their human status). Their conduct would eventually
become worse than that of wild beasts. Prophet Muhammad prophesied that
they would eventually engage in sexual intercourse in public like
donkeys. Carnival confirms, year after year, that mainstream society in
this “progressive” country is heading down that road and is already
approaching the fulfillment of the prophecy of roadside sex. Echoes of
King Austin’s ‘Price of Progress’?
The Islamic Khilafat differs in no way whatsoever from the model of the
Holy State of Israel except that Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet/Head of
State, was recognized as Servant of Allah rather than King!
Prophet Muhammad (s) has prophesied that the Islamic Khilafat would be
restored at that time when Jesus (s) returns. We may not have to wait
for more than another 50 years to witness the return of Jesus (s) and
the restoration of the Islamic model of a State (Khilafat). My book,
‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ has explained the subject.