When the vile low person takes responsibility over people, ignorance deepens and crisis are successive, whether in knowledge or explanation of the Shariah rules, or in ruling and looking after the affairs of the people.
Just as in the Hadith of the Prophet ﷺ, when he said: «سيأتي على الناس سنوات خدّاعات يصدق فيها الكاذب، ويكذب فيها الصّادق، ويؤتمن فيها الخائن، ويخون فيها الأمين، وينطق فيها الرّويبضة، قيل: يا رسول الله وما الرّويبضة؟ قال: التّافه ينطق بأمر العامّة» “There will come to the people years of treachery, when the liar will be regarded as honest, and the honest man will be regarded as a liar; the traitor will be regarded as faithful, and the faithful man will be regarded as a traitor; and the Ruwaibidah will decide matters.’ It was said: ‘Who are the Ruwaibidah?’ He said: ‘Vile and base men who control the affairs of the people.’” (Extracted by ibn Majah in his Sunan, and Ahmad in his Musnad, in Al-Hakim in Al-Mustadrak on the authority of Abu Huraira (ra))
This Hadith tells us that the Ruwaibidah will have a foothold in looking after the affairs, governance, and the decision making and be a representative of the public, but how can those vile and base men be representatives of the people? How can they take this post?! Did the Ummah allow them to be their representatives? Did it entrust them with governance and care?!… Answer: Absolutely not.
These Ruwaibidah were manufactured and appointed in these posts by the Ummah’s enemy. Indeed, for a century now, the West has been appointing these Ruwaibidah as the rulers of the Muslims and manufacturing them as leaders. The British began to manufacture Mustafa Kamal – May Allah give him what he deserves – as the leader of the Ummah, and he was a Jew who was hostile to Islam and the Muslims, and made Muslims glorify him and give him the title of “Al-Ghazi” the conqueror, and liken him to the leader Khalid ibn al-Walid, may Allah be pleased with him. After he became in control, he attacked Islam and destroyed the Khilafah (Caliphate), and wiped out its laws and destroyed the Ummah.
America created a new leader for the Ummah, especially for the Arab people in the name of Arab nationalism, Gamal Abdel Nasser. They gave him the image of the legendary leader that is unparalleled, who will expel colonialism, unify the Ummah and liberate Palestine and the holy places. But he turned out to be like Mustafa Kamal and fought Islam, attacked those who call for it, and instilled colonization, its culture and its systems in the Islamic lands.
Also obsolete and alien calls invaded the Ummah, like communism, nationalism, patriotism… but, thanks to Allah, the leaders of these calls were exposed, and the Ummah realized the end of the artificial leaders after it suffered in their era the division and fragmentation of countries, the plundering of wealth, and the loss of the sanctities.
The Muslim political orientation has emerged in the Ummah, which has become a public opinion and of an important role in leading and mobilizing the masses. After the emergence of this trend in the Ummah, the manufacturing of the Ummah’s leaders and rulers, by the West, no longer worked as in the past with the same successful methods and slogans that the West used to bring Mustafa Kamal and Gamal Abdel Nasserand others.
The Ummah is thirsty for its Deen and the law of its Lord, yearning to implement it on the ground; it longs for liberation from the systems implemented on it, which do not emanate from its creed, especially after it became clear to it that its rulers are nothing but puppets in the hands of the West, which moves them however they want. And after it realized the truth of the global war led by America – against what is called terrorism – which means its war on Islam, yes, America means Islam by terrorism, and fears its return.
After the Ummah realized that the reason behind its failure is its neglect of the laws of its Lord, and after those working to restore the rule by what Allah has revealed emerged in the Ummah, and the call to implement the law of Allah became a popular demand in the Ummah; the enemies of the Ummah. especially America, worked on bringing out two models to the Ummah; the best of the two is bitter. They are the Erdogan model, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) model; (ISIS) worked to distort the Islamic state, and to distort Islam, portraying it as a Deen of murder, slaughter, burning, and captivity of women.
This organization (ISIS) has caused strife in Muslims’ beliefs, and if anyone opposed them, even in the beliefs that have difference of opinion- related to the pillars creed –they killed him, and those who did not give them Bay’ah (pledge) were killed, and those who showed rejection of their arrogance and unjust rule were killed and those who did not fight with them were killed.
So that the enemies of the Ummah gathered against it; they invaded their homes and killed the women and children under the pretext of fighting (ISIS), which the West itself manufactured to distort the image of Islam. It is as if the West is saying to the Muslims: this is the implementation of Shariah that you are calling for, and this is the Islamic state that you aspire for, so what did you get out of it but killing, destruction, demolition of cities and mosques, and homes, leaving no difference between the old cities, and modern ones, whether in Iraq or in Syria.
However, the Ummah is not fooled by such an organization and its state; the ideas of Islam are deep rooted in the souls of the sons of the Ummah, even if they did not live under the Islamic state that implemented Islam in the method of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and the Righteous Khalifahs (Caliphs) after him. But the sons of the Ummah know how Islam is implemented, and how to take care of the affairs, especially after the emergence of those who work to revive the Ummah in it, with the ideology of Islam; they explained to the Ummah the apparatus of the Khilafah state (Caliphate), and its systems, and how to implement these systems; the desired state became embodied in the hearts and minds. So how can a fool, who does not understand anything about it, distort it?!!
As for the Erdogan model, it refers to Turkey’s experiment under the leadership of its current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Ruwaibidah and idol of the era. This model for the general public raises Islamic slogans and expressions. These slogans were only to dazzle and deceive the superficial people. This model is based on distorting Islam as a system of ruling, and emptying it of its political and economical content; because it is based on two pillars:
The first pillar: diluting Islam under the name of modernization, and emptying it of its content under the name of moderate (democratic) Islam.
The second pillar: is the Islamization of secularism, and its manifestation as something that does not contradict Islam.
Erdogan stated in a press interview in March this year: “It is necessary to modernize the rules of Islam, and Islam cannot be implemented by laws issued fourteen centuries ago…The application of Islam varies according to time and place.”
This statement was not surprising, since he works night and day and mobilizes his forces to fight those who call to Islam in Syria, leaving them to die on the borders of his country of cold, hunger and thirst, If not shot by the Turkish border guards.
By his statement, he reduced the Islamic rules to just periodic rules that will be suitable for a time and unsuitable for another. He gave Islam and its rules a new reading that is in line with the Western culture that is alien to the Ummah and its values; a reading that does not contradict the interests of Uncle Sam, as if the constitution from the Lord of mankind for humans is subject to review under the pretext of the changing time. And at the same time he does not dare to change the constitution put by the British by the hands of Ataturk, which Turkey follows today, as if he is not aware that the Islamic laws are fixed and cannot be changed, and does not need to be changed or altered, because they are solutions for man’s problem, and are comprehensive and continuous. The rules of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet, which ruled the people for fourteen centuries, are suitable for ruling until Allah inherits the Earth and all that is on it.
Through this and other statements, we find that Erdogan is always seeking to Islamitize secularism that has been burning the people of Turkey since 1924, which abolished the manifestations of Deen in all matters of life, and its lack of acceptance of the Deen even at the individual level. Secularism originally is non-religious and is synonymous with atheism; it denounces the Deen completely, and its hostility to Islam is exposed and open. The people of Turkey took it with its owners as a clear enemy. Now America wants to bring forth through its agent, Erdogan, a more vicious and deceptive secularism. One that can be disguised as Islam; a secularism that accepts the Islamic sentiments seen by the Islamic behaviour of an individual’s life outside state institutions… secularism that accepts individual worship and leaves an outlet for people to express their Islamic feelings in their individual lives. However, in the systems of the state and society, it implements pure secularism. Secularism – the Islamic and the pure version – is man-made, and it makes man the legislator who legislates, decides the Halal and Haram. This understanding contradicts the Qur’an. Allah (swt) Alone is the Legislator who decides the Halal and Haram, Allah (swt) says: إِنِ ٱلۡحُكۡمُ إِلَّا لِلَّهِ أَمَرَ أَلَّا تَعۡبُدُوٓاْ إِلَّآ إِيَّاهُۚ ذَٰلِكَ ٱلدِّينُ ٱلۡقَيِّمُ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكۡثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ“Legislation is not but for Allah. He has commanded that you worship not except Him. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.” [Yusuf: 40]
It is possible to say that the Erdogan model has been produced and manufactured according to studies recommended by specialized research institutions and research centers in the Middle East, such as the Rand Foundation. Most of its research recommended encouraging moderate Islamic groups that accept the international system, and the Western way of life. The studies also recommended that these groups are brought to power after agreeing to a democratic system that separates religion from politics. The West found what they were looking for in Erdogan and his party; they brought him to power bearing the motto of Islam; to be a successful model for every Islamist movement seeking to reach power, or to bring Islam into power with a democratic feature in ruling and legislation, and capitalist in economic, ownership and its ways. A form of Islam based on the basis of Western public freedoms in human rights and women, and they called it moderate Islam. A form of Islam that is emptied of Islam and imbued with ideas of kufr, a form of Islam that makes the people legislate, and prohibits the application of Shariah as a law and a constitution, an Islam that makes adherence to the rules of Islam limited only at the individual level in order to preserve the public freedoms of individuals, not because they are Allah’s rules that they must follow. Can this clear kufr be called Islam?!
The measure of success of Erdogan’s rule should not be the economic growth or welfare that he has achieved for his people, nor the personal commitment to Islam or the cloth that his wife covers her head with, while her legs are exposed. And we must not compare him to other Ruwaibidah who dominate and control Muslims; rather, we must make Shariah the measure. Any ruler who is very committed to the commands of Allah individually in his personal behaviour, but in the ruling does not rule by the law of Allah; Allah (swt) promised such a person a severe torment on the day of reckoning. Let us reflect on the responsibilities Allah gave to the ruler, and the punishment awaiting him if he neglects these responsibilities.
In the story of the Prophet Dawud, peace be upon him, is the best example of this, although he is a prophet – and the prophet is the best of the worshipers of Allah – fasting, in qiyam, remembrance and good deed- وَٱذۡكُرۡ عَبۡدَنَا دَاوُۥدَ ذَا ٱلۡأَيۡدِ إِنَّهُ أَوَّابٌ * إِنَّا سَخَّرۡنَا ٱلۡجِبَالَ مَعَهُ يُسَبِّحۡنَ بِٱلۡعَشِيِّ وَٱلۡإِشۡرَاقِ “… and remember Our servant, David, the possessor of strength; indeed, he was one who repeatedly turned back [to Allah] * Indeed, We subjected the mountains [to praise] with him, exalting [Allah] in the [late] afternoon and [after] sunrise.” [Sad: 17-18]
And although he is the Prophet who Muhammad ﷺ said about him: «أحبّ الصّلاة إلى الله صلاة داود، وأحبّ الصّيام إلى الله صيام داود». “The Salat which is dearest to Allah is that of (Prophet) Dawud; and As-Saum (the fasting) which is dearest to Allah is that of (Prophet) Dawud.”
And although he was the fighter and Mujahid Prophet who prepared Mujahideen وَقَتَلَ دَاوُۥدُ جَالُوتَ “…and David killed Goliath” [Al-Baqara: 251]
وَأَلَنَّا لَهُ ٱلۡحَدِيدَ * أَنِ ٱعۡمَلۡ سَٰبِغَٰتٖ وَقَدِّرۡ فِي ٱلسَّرۡدِ “And We made pliable for him iron * [Commanding him], “Make full coats of mail and calculate [precisely] the links,” [ Saba’: 10-11]
And although he was the one with the beautiful voice in his Tasbeeh (glorification of Allah), even the birds stopped flying to listen to his beautiful voice…once Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said to a man with a beautiful voice in reciting the Qur’an: «لقد أوتيت مزمارًا من مزامير داود»… “You have been given a Mizmar (sweet melodious voice) out of the Mazamir of Prophet Dawud (David).”
Despite all these great characters of Prophet Dawud (as), when Allah (swt) assigned him to rule and become a leader, Allah has warned him with severe punishment if he did not rule by Allah’s law, and that his individual good deeds were of no use, and if he did not rule by the truth he would have gone astray from Allah’s way and forgot the Day of Judgement. Allah (swt) said: وَٱذۡكُرۡ عَبۡدَنَا دَاوُۥدَ ذَا ٱلۡأَيۡدِ إِنَّهُۥ أَوَّابٌ * إِنَّا سَخَّرۡنَا ٱلۡجِبَالَ مَعَهُ يُسَبِّحۡنَ بِٱلۡعَشِيِّ وَٱلۡإِشۡرَاقِ * وَٱلطَّيۡرَ مَحۡشُورَةٗۖ كُلّٞ لَّهُ أَوَّابٞ * وَشَدَدۡنَا مُلۡكَهُ وَءَاتَيۡنَٰهُ ٱلۡحِكۡمَةَ وَفَصۡلَ ٱلۡخِطَابِ “… and remember Our servant, David, the possessor of strength; indeed, he was one who repeatedly turned back [to Allah] * Indeed, We subjected the mountains [to praise] with him, exalting [Allah] in the [late] afternoon and [after] sunrise * And the birds were assembled, all with him repeating [praises] * And We strengthened his kingdom and gave him wisdom and discernment in speech” [Sad: 17-20] Until the verse: يَٰدَاوُۥدُ إِنَّا جَعَلۡنَٰكَ خَلِيفَةٗ فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَٱحۡكُم بَيۡنَ ٱلنَّاسِ بِٱلۡحَقِّ وَلَا تَتَّبِعِ ٱلۡهَوَىٰ فَيُضِلَّكَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَضِلُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ لَهُمۡ عَذَابٞ شَدِيدُۢ بِمَا نَسُواْ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡحِسَابِ “[We said], “O David, indeed We have made you a successor upon the earth, so judge between the people in truth and do not follow [your own] desire, as it will lead you astray from the way of Allah.” Indeed, those who go astray from the way of Allah will have a severe punishment for having forgotten the Day of Account” [Sad: 26]
The minute he does not rule by the truth that was revealed to him, he has followed the desire and lost the path of Allah, and he faces the severe torment, he would have forgotten the Day of Judgment. This is a calamity that befalls over all who do not rule by the truth, even if the person has morals and taqwa but on an individual level!
Therefore, the measure and the lesson is not that the president is successful in raising the economy of his country on the basis of the capitalist system, nor to be successful administratively so that his hands are clean (from corruption), and that Islam does not have a marginal role in his administration. Rather, he must rule by what Allah has revealed, or he will be the one described by the Lord of the worlds as either kafir or unjust or corrupt.
Allah (swt) when he ordered His Prophet to rule by what Allah has revealed, He (swt) ordered him to rule by all that is revealed, because (ma, ما) is used to indicate generality. At the same time Allah (swt) warned the Prophet ﷺ from being distracted by the kufar from implementing some rules, even if it was one rule. Allah (swt) says: وَأَنِ ٱحۡكُم بَيۡنَهُم بِمَآ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعۡ أَهۡوَآءَهُمۡ وَٱحۡذَرۡهُمۡ أَن يَفۡتِنُوكَ عَنۢ بَعۡضِ مَآ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ إِلَيۡكَ فَإِن تَوَلَّوۡاْ فَٱعۡلَمۡ أَنَّمَا يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ أَن يُصِيبَهُم بِبَعۡضِ ذُنُوبِهِمۡ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرٗا مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَفَٰسِقُونَ * أَفَحُكۡمَ ٱلۡجَٰهِلِيَّةِ يَبۡغُونَۚ وَمَنۡ أَحۡسَنُ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ حُكۡمٗا لِّقَوۡمٖ يُوقِنُونَ “And judge, [O Muhammad], between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations and beware of them, lest they tempt you away from some of what Allah has revealed to you. And if they turn away – then know that Allah only intends to afflict them with some of their [own] sins. And indeed, many among the people are defiantly disobedient * Then is it the judgement of [the time of] ignorance they desire? But who is better than Allah in judgement for a people who are certain [in faith]” [Al-Ma’ida: 49-50].
How about Erdogan then, who leaves ruling with Islamic laws in total, and replaces it with the whole of the kufr laws? The truth of the problem is not Erdogan, but those who follow him, or will follow him in his understanding that is crooked and incorrect and contrary to the method of Prophethood, it is these people who follow the crooked understanding of Erdogan whom he draws from his ability to make his mission successful in the strife against the Deen.
The successful economist who does anything to develop his country’s economy, even though he participates with George W. Bush’s in America’s war on Iraq and allows the deployment of 62,000 American fighters on his territory, who bargains on the issue of Palestine and builds the most dangerous diplomatic, trade and intelligence relations, which is strengthening year after year, with the Jewish entity, and is not affected by any wars against the Ummah by the Jewish entity… And who allows the Russians and Americans to use Incirlik Base to strike Muslims in Ash-Sham, and rents the territory of his country to the Jews for investment, and allows the discos and brothels, and allows the homosexuals and fornicators to promote their way of living in the streets that were opened by Muhammad al Fatih. He is like the moneylender that all his wealth grew from usury, and when he was compared to a drug dealer, they said he is better than that merchant! At least he does not trade in drugs. No problem to them even if we compare him to a drug dealer, for he is (to them) better than him!
Yes, the standards of our Islamic Ummah are higher and more accurate than this. Our measure is the law of Allah. When we measure a secular ruler like Erdogan, who promotes secularism day and night, such a person in the scale of Shariah is a fallen person who has no value!
In conclusion, neither the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) model nor the Erdogan model that solves the problems of the Muslims, but the only way out for Muslims and other people in the world is to implement upon them the system that the Creator has legislated. Allah (swt) alone who knows what is suitable for their lives. Allah (swt) says: أَلَا يَعۡلَمُ مَنۡ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ ٱللَّطِيفُ ٱلۡخَبِيرُ “Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?” [Al-Mulk: 14]
It is the only correct system that liberates humanity from the oppression of capitalism and darkness of secularism with its endless problems. The only way that leads to this exit is to work with the workers to establish the second Khilafah Rashidah (Caliphate) on the method of Prophethood – led by Hizb ut Tahrir – in which all problems are solved radically; allowing the world to enjoy safety, security, peace, happiness, and tranquility.
Allah (swt) says: وَعَدَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مِنكُمۡ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ لَيَسۡتَخۡلِفَنَّهُمۡ فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ كَمَا ٱسۡتَخۡلَفَ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِهِمۡ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمۡ دِينَهُمُ ٱلَّذِي ٱرۡتَضَىٰ لَهُمۡ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّنۢ بَعۡدِ خَوۡفِهِمۡ أَمۡنٗاۚ يَعۡبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشۡرِكُونَ بِي شَيۡٔٗاۚ وَمَن كَفَرَ بَعۡدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُوْلَٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلۡفَٰسِقُونَ “Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient” [An-Nur: 55]
The Prophet ﷺ said: «تكون النبوة فيكم ما شاء الله أن تكون، ثم يرفعها إذا شاء أن يرفعها… ثم تكون ملكًا جبرية فتكون ما شاء الله أن تكون ثم يرفعها إذا شاء أن يرفعها، ثم تكون خلافة على منهاج النبوة ثم سكت» “Prophethood will last with you for as long as Allah wants it to last…Then there will be an oppressive rule, and things will be as Allah wishes them to be. Then Allah will end it if He wishes to end it. Then there will be a Khilafah according to the method of Prophethood.” Then he ﷺ fell silent.” (Narrated by Al-Bazar,Tabrani, with strong chain of narrators)
Ustadh Hajri Saeed – Wilayah of Yemen