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Posted on Dec 1, 2016

Must the Khalifah be from Quraysh? An Usooli perspective

Must the Khalifah be from Quraysh? An Usooli perspective

 

There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars regarding whether the Khalifah has to be from the lineage of the Quraysh. Both are valid opinions and proponents of both sides have put forward detailed evidences to support their respective views. This brief article looks at some of the reasons for disagreement on this issue and how this disagreement may be conceived of from an Usooli perspective. 

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Posted on Nov 11, 2016

Imam al-Ghazali on the Caliphate and its centrality to Islam

Imam al-Ghazali on the Caliphate and its centrality to Islam

 

Imam Al Ghazali is rightly revered as one of the great scholars of Islamic history. Some consider him the mujaddid (reviver) of his century on account of his revival of the Islamic sciences and major contributions to issues that had beset Islamic theology. The Imam was a prolific writer and his writings touched many subjects. Lesser known perhaps to Muslim communities in the West are his theories on governance and ruling. This article looks briefly at the Imam’s views on these important issues through some important extracts from his works.

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Posted on Oct 29, 2016

Shafi’i Scholars on the Caliphate & its Jurisprudence

Shafi’i Scholars on the Caliphate & its Jurisprudence

 

We’ve previously covered the Hanafi ulema’s opinion on the Khilafah, and the Hanbali ulema’s opinion on the khilafah; in this article we present the statements of some of the great ‘ulema of the Shafi’i madhhab regarding the Khilafah and its place in Islam. It covers the statements of some of the greatest men this ummah has known, including the likes of Imam Al Ghazali, Imam Al Juwayni and many other esteemed scholars of this luminous madhab.


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Posted on Oct 21, 2016

Hanbali Scholars on the Caliphate & its Jurisprudence

Hanbali Scholars on the Caliphate & its Jurisprudence

 

The Caliphate is the polity (political entity) which implements the law and spirit of Islam on Earth. Its high obligation, importance and the priority it has in Islam is something agreed upon by the ‘ulema of Islam. We’ve previously covered the Hanafi ‘ulema’s opinion on the Caliphate; in this article we present the statements of some of the scholars of the Hanbali madhhab regarding the Khilafah.


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