Ulama of the Hanafi madhhab (school of thought), like those of the other madhahib, emphasised the role and importance of the Khilafah throughout the ages. In many respects, they had more to say about issues of ruling and governance than other ulama since many khulafa – the Abbasids and Ottomans in particular – adopted the Hanafi madhhab and sought advice and rulings from the Hanafi ulama of their times. In this article we look the views of the Hanafi scholars in this regard, as gleaned from their writings.
By Shafiul Huq*
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This is a compilation of comments by classical scholars on the issue of Khilafah. By no means an exhaustive list, it is a selection of scholarly commentary which highlights the obligation and importance of the Khilafah. All quotes are fully referenced and the original Arabic text, along with a translation, is provided.
Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu. Dear respected Shaykh, may Allah (swt) protect and safeguard you. Why has the United States allowed Iran to escalate in its relatively rapid diverse military capabilities which has become one of the more important countries in the region in terms of playing influential roles on the course of events in both Iraq, Syria, the Gulf and the enflamed region in general? What is the American policy in containing this evasive role? May Allah (swt) reward you. (more…)
Question: Assalamu alaikoum wa Rahmatuh Allahi wa Barakatuh dear sheikh, after this greeting, I would like you to help me in finding an answer to the matter of supplication (dua’a)… it is mentioned in the Holy Quran that Allah سبحانه وتعالى responds to the supplication (dua’a) of the person if he supplicates to Him سبحانه وتعالى. The Sunnah also showed us that the response to the supplication (dua’a) could be sooner or later, or is replaced with something better than it in Dunya or Akhira. The Hizb shows in the book of The Concepts of Hizb ut Tahrir that supplication (duaa) achieves a spiritual value but its effect is non-tangible results such as the reward. My question is how can you limit the effects of the supplication (duaa) to the reward only even though Allah سبحانه وتعالى can respond to the supplication (duaa) in the Dunya? May Allah سبحانه وتعالى bless you.
From Abu Abdallah Khalaf
Question: Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
A question from the book, The Institutions of State in the Khilafah (in Ruling and Administration) regarding money of Riba (usury) after the establishment of the Khalifah state of giving its capital to its owners … Question: What we will do with the money of Riba? Is it permissible for the state to confiscate it and invest it? Is the cash that comes from the property of Riba as banknotes is haram in itself, or is it due to the action?
From Safeer Al-Khilafah