Response to ‘Quickest Way To Establish Khilafah – Nouman Ali Khan’
“This answer – http://goo.gl/6NENAE – on how to establish Khilafah/Shari’ah by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan is very disappointing.
I’m not sure why da’is/activists don’t simply leave off answering question about topics they know little about, instead of offering cop-outs – dangerous cop-outs, because coming from an otherwise sincere and good da’i people will be misled. NAK is not the first to do this.
Is it that they think them or their work (teaching Qur’an, Arabic, da’wah to non-Muslims etc.) will lose reputation if they are seen not to have an answer on these matters?
Or is it that they are asked the question too often, hence pushed to say something, anything?
In this Q/A he is attempting to provide an answer to ‘how to establish Shari’ah?’, yet all we get are convenient straw men about how bad some Muslims are, erected and then demolished (and a bad overdose of sarcasm) – the whole thing based on assumptions about the questioner/s!
Ridiculous assumptions at that. You’re asked about establishing Islam so you link this noble work to this imaginary character who talks about it but has little Islam in his own life…and then get on the moral high horse about how bad he is. Really? Seriously?!
I’ve been involved in the work for Khilafah for over a decade now – alhamdulillah – and I’m yet to meet anyone in this work, from any group, who sits at café’s till 3am and then misses fajr. But let’s say such people exist out there somewhere and Nouman knows them all too well. Are they representative of the people working for establishing Islam such that they become the point of reference to answer a question about this work?
He could, if he wanted, link the work to those who are strict on their prayers, who have memorisied the qu’ran, who you find leading in good works. Nay, those who languish in the prisons of the tyrants for the sake of this work, or having made the ultimate sacrifice for it. Why not do that?
Of course, such a question should be not be answered by reference to the former or the latter, but by addressing the topic itself with reference the Qur’an and example of the Prophet (saw).
None of that. Just empty claims that “our scholars have worked it all out…and we feel like we owe you an explanation”. Well, go ahead, we’re all ears! No, seriously, pray tell!
Why not take the seven minutes you spoke for to summarise the main points of the solution you know about, instead of this comical and disingenuous scapegoating of the youth?
Ironically, he goes from practically telling everyone to ignore the issue of establishing Shari’ah to then complaining about how bad the situation is in the Muslim world! Of course it’s bad; *because* there’s no Islam, and you’re not helping that by this approach and commentary.
On the whole, he’s left implying that the way to establish Khilafah is to pray fajr and ring your parents. Right!
This sort of superficial argument resonates with some people because the claim that Muslims need to be good Muslims before Islam is established has a truth to it, and hence the extrapolation therefrom that the way to establish Islam is to be good Muslims has a ‘common sense’ appeal to it.
Yet it’s a cop-out.
It’s a cop out because our needing to be good Muslims is a general and universal truth. It applies always and everywhere. However, here it’s being offered (repackaged) as a solution to a specific problem for which it is self-evidently not sufficient.
It’s like saying to someone in need of a job who asks you what the method to secure a job is, “Pray fajr and ring your parents,” or “study the Qur’an”.
Yes, these things are important (to state the obvious!) but they do not replace taking the direct required means. They are things that a Muslim should be doing regardless of whether he is seeking a job or not. And if he does them they establish a connection for him with Allah that aids him in all matters, inclusive of seeking a job but not exclusive to it.
Does that make these things the method of seeking a job? No!
There’s a big difference between taking the direct means [asbab] to achieve a specific end *whilst* also having your worship, relations, akhlaq right and simply having the latter without the former.
There’s a big difference, for instance, between training for a battle, organising weapons, moving out to the battlefield etc. whilst also making du’a, praying, and generally trying to maintain a good spiritual state with Allah…there’s a big difference between this and suggesting that the way to win the battle is to make du’a or pray fajr or have good manners.
Just as seeking a job or fighting a battle have specific means that must be taken, so too does establishing the Khilafah: forming a collective effort, challenging the society ideologically, exposing it’s flaws, offering Islam as the alternative, working for public opinion, seeking material support from those who yield it, etc.
Thinking you’ll establish Islam whilst you don’t even pray fajr is as delusional as thinking you’ll establish Islam by praying fajr!
It’s also a cop out because it glosses over the difficult questions.
Assume, for argument’s sake, that the method to establish Islam is for Muslims to become good, practicing Muslims. Ok, so how many? The whole Ummah? A majority? Half? A strong minority? And what’s the criteria of being good Muslims? How do we measure? And once we achieve the required threshold by the required measure, what next? Will Sisi/Zardari/Abdullah et al go, “You know what, the Muslims are all praying fajr now, time for me to pack up and move on?” Or will the khalifah descend from the skies?
All the prophets (as) had to engage in a severe struggle with their people. You’re going to avoid all that by some magical method that goes from praying fajr and ringing parents to Islam established?
These are questions that any sincere and serious engagement warrants addressing. I would have all the respect in the world for Anyone who addresses them, even if they come to a different conclusion.
But to treat the matter in so frivolous a manner is unacceptable.
Establishing Islam is a very serious matter. It’s what the prophets were sent for. The Exalted says,
“He has ordained for you that way which He enjoined unto Nuh, and that which revealed to you (O Muhammad), and that which We enjoined unto Ibrahim and Musa and Isa, saying: Establish the deen, and be not divided therein.” (Shura: 13)
We should either treat it with the seriousness it deserves or keep our mouths shut, for our own sake before that of others!”
By Uthman Badar
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