An Australian political candidate, Stephanie Banister, said in an interview by a news network that Islam is a country and apparently, she has a towering ignorance on what ‘haram’ is. Despite that, she is right if she meant that Islam is such a creed that can be fully established only if Muslims have a country of their own.
Through research of the Quran, Islam can be concluded as a political doctrine. Among the criticisms towards Islam is the claim that Islam is a political ideology disguised as a religion. I agree on the early part of the statement that Islam has political rules and laws, but to say that Islam is trying to put on a ‘religion’ label would be naive.
If you comprehend religion only as a spiritual ascension, or things the dead passed on, or mystical culture, then Islam is not a religion, and Islam never tried to disguise as one. There’s no statement that supports such interpretations like that in the Quran or Al-sunnah.
‘Religion’, as to the modern understanding, is not mentioned even once in the Quran. Allah only used the word ‘deen’. According to Wikipedia: ‘The term [deen] is loosely associated with religion, but in the Quran, it means the way of life in which righteous Muslims must adopt to comply with divine law (Quran and sunnah), or Sharia, and to the divine judgement or recompense to which all humanity must inevitably face without intercessors before God’.
Islam is not only a religion, or a political ideology. Its creed encompasses every aspect of life, from personal to social, economy and political affairs. NO actions that are outside of the Islamic teachings should be made by a Muslim who wants to seek Allah’s blessings. Islam influences every (I mean it,-all) actions of its followers.
Even to say that Islam is only for the hereafter is completely wrong because Islam doesn’t influence worldly affairs in this case. Islam influences both- worldly and hereafter affairs. In reality, true Muslims would not separate the two, and every of their actions in this world is for the hereafter. To achieve such wisdom is only possible by having the true conceptions about Islam.
Neither do the Quran nor Muhammad pbuh tried to make Islam look like a ‘religion’. In fact, I think modern misconception is trying to make Islam look like a religion, then they criticise Islam for disguising as so.
Christianity and Hinduism are misunderstood by their believers and that fact doesn’t escape from Islam as well. Modern followers of Islam have shallow understanding of the deen. Secularism, the principle of separating government from ‘religious’ institutions is in no way supported by Islam. It’s like playing football on a tennis court. Islam cannot be fully practised and established in a secularist state. In Islam, humans cannot have sovereignty because sovereignty righteously belongs to God, that means God’s law (Quran/Sharia) is the only law that can be exercised. To take man’s law above God’s law, that’s syirk– And syirk is a sin that God will never forgive (when you ask forgiveness in the state of syirk).
The problem with Muslims today is that they read the Quran without understanding its meaning, which is to say, they only recite the Arabic verses even if they don’t understand Arabic.
Like any other book, the Quran also has an intro, its contents, and a conclusion. The intro (AlFatihah) and conclusion (AlNas) of the Quran have three things in common, which are the tenets explained throughout the book.
Allah is the ruler (Rab), the sovereign king (Malik), and the worshipped (‘Ilah) of the whole of humankind. And who is responsible in establishing these?
42:13, He has ordained for you of religion [deen] what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus – to establish the religion [deen] and not be divided therein. Difficult for those who associate others (syirk) with Allah is that to which you invite them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him].
It is clearly stated that it is our duty to establish the deen, the same thing He enjoined upon Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. The duty is now passed on to us, as we humans are assigned by God to be the caliph (successors) of Earth (10:14).
What does it mean by ‘establish the deen’? It means establishing the whole thing explained in the Quran, generally- making Allah’s law the supreme law in the world from personal to social, economy and political affairs.
What happens if we neglect the obligation?
5:68, Say, “O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing [deen-less] until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord [Quran].” And that which has been revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in transgression and disbelief. So do not grieve over the disbelieving people.
We are on nothing, i.e, we are viewed religion-less or deen-less until we uphold the scriptures sent down by God. To bring ourselves closer to God and to expect God’s mercy, one must uphold the teachings of the Torah, Gospel, and Quran.
Although it is the humans’ responsibility to establish deen, this unambiguously does not endorse the interpretation that Allah is not all-powerful or that he needs a helper.
18:26, Say, ” Allah is most knowing of how long they remained. He has [knowledge of] the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. How Seeing is He and how Hearing! They have not besides Him any protector, and He shares not His legislation with anyone.”
To associate Allah with any helper is syirk, and God does not need any.
16:1, The command of Allah is coming, so be not impatient for it. Exalted is He and high above what they associate (syirk) with Him.
11:118, And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ.
Besides, if God is to establish what He ordered to his slaves, then that will deplete the purpose humans are created,
10:14, Then We made you successors in the land after them so that We may observe how you will do.
43:60, And if We willed, We could have made [instead] of you angels succeeding [one another] on the earth.
We know that angels only follow God’s commands. Verily, if God wants the deen to be established on this face of Earth, he could have done that easily by making the angels successors on Earth. But, that’s not what Allah wants to see, for what He wants to see is how humans do on Earth, to test who is faithful in God and who is better in their actions. Also, so that humans taste the destruction they’ve made from their own hands because of their arrogance to God.
Humans are given choices, and you have choices too. Whether you choose to establish what is obligated to you or not to do so, what will happen will happen.
20:100-101, Whoever turns away from it – then indeed, he will bear on the Day of Resurrection a burden, [Abiding] eternally therein, and evil it is for them on the Day of Resurrection as a load.
The sunnah of Allah (way of Allah, divine law) states that the day of victory WILL come and God will be the sovereign ruler, malik (1:4).
17:76-77, And indeed, they were about to drive you from the land to evict you therefrom. And then [when they do], they will not remain [there] after you, except for a little. [That is Our] established way (sunnah) for those We had sent before you of Our messengers; and you will not find in Our way any alteration.
You might be wondering, or having doubts, that the time will come,
7:187, They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the Hour: when is its arrival? Say, “Its knowledge is only with my Lord. None will reveal its time except Him. It lays heavily upon the heavens and the earth. It will not come upon you except unexpectedly.” They ask you as if you are familiar with it. Say, “Its knowledge is only with Allah , but most of the people do not know.”
God knows and we don’t know. I surrender my actions to God and plead forgiveness from Him if any mistakes are made.
Next fortnight: Is Islam the solution to humanity?