Absence of Khilafa and the Culture of Mercenarism
The ultimate calamity
The absence of khelafa has its most disastrous consequence. In its absence, the other institutions can’t work rightly for an Islamic cause. Then, even the mosques, madrasas, schools and universities become the fertile breeding grounds for Islam’s enemies. One can see the grotesque failure of such institutions of the Muslim World. Both the government and the non-government institutions have turn into massive industries to produce the mercenaries. The products of these institutions work as political, cultural, economic and military mercenaries for the enemies both at home and abroad. Because of them, the most fundamental and the most obligatory tenants of prophet’s Islam like khilafa, sharia, hudud, shura, jihad and Islamic education stand defeated and ignored even in the Muslim lands. In the past, the enemies could recruit hundreds of thousands of such mercenaries to fight two World Wars. Now they deploy the new generations of mercenaries to fight their wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Mali and money other parts. The whole Muslim World is under their occupation. Hence, their guns, tanks and fighter bombers do not fire against those who have occupied the Muslim lands of Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya or Arakan; but against the Islam loving men and women on the streets.
The full meaning of Islam and Muslim can never be correctly understood in isolation. For that, it needs a full understanding of the Vision of the Almighty Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la vis-à-vis the creation of mankind on earth. Only with such a knowledge, one can understand the real importance of the holy Qur’an and the mission of a Muslim’s life. Such an understanding is indeed the first and foremost requirement to become a true Muslim. Otherwise an ignorant man or woman would embrace some racial, familial or cultural practices as Islam and badly fail to grow up as a true Muslim. In fact, such failure of todays’ Muslims has now reached a catastrophic proportion. The Qur’anic Islam and the true muslimness –as were the distinctive features of the early Muslims, no more survive in any of the 57 Muslim countries. The modern Muslims are far detached from the fundamentals of Islam like sharia, hudud, khelafa, jihad and shura; and have incorporated kuffar laws, infidel life styles and secular paradigm of statecraft as their own. In the name of education, culture and national pride or heritage, they have already built huge government and non-government infrastructures to enhance the detachment. In fact, they practise Islam without Islam.
There shouldn’t be the slightest ambiguity in a Muslim mind vis-à-vis Islam as the only complete and comprehensive code of life from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la for the whole mankind. The holy Qur’an is the last and the final embodiment of that code. Hence, the Muslims do not need any legal, cultural or political graft for incorporation in the body of a Muslim state and its institutions. Any doubt in such completeness of Islam, instantly nullifies a Muslim’s faith. In the absence of such an uncompromised faith in Islam, no amount of religious rituals help save one from the hellfire. The real distinctiveness of the Muslims lies in the fact that they are the people who not only declare their full and unadulterated belief in the comprehensiveness of the Qur’anic code; but also show their all-time readiness to implement that code. Any deliberate disobedience of any of the Qur’anic codes straightaway makes a person nonbeliever (kafir) –as occurred in the case of Satan. Adherence to Islamic code is indeed the sure road to true success -both here and in the hereafter. Such adherence to Qur’anic guidance brings down the promised blessings of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la –as has been the case in the early days of Islam. On the other hand, any detachment from the Qur’anic roadmap invites its own awful consequence; on this issue, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la has provided a lot of historical evidences in the holy Qur’an. Even the ongoing calamities in the Muslim World give a testimony to that. Only because of relentless adherence to Islam and sacrifices for its cause, a few millions of the early Muslims could receive enormous blessing from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. As a result, they could add series of successes and glory to the Muslim history. Only this way, they could emerge as the most powerful global power on earth. Whereas today, about 1.5 billion Muslims and their 57 states –despite all the gas, oil and other rich endowment, could make history only in decadence, defeat and disgrace. Thus, it continues to prove that any deviation from the Qur’anic roadmap is indeed a sure infrastructure of failure. It can take people down the road only towards the hellfire.
Faith of a Muslim is always intertwined with some obligations. Accepting Islam means fulfilling the obligations. Unlike Christianity, only because of belief in Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and His apostle, one can’t attain Divine forgiveness or atonement. Even the infidels of Arabia used to believe in Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la; they used to name their sons as Abdullah (slave of Allah) before the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Faith of a believer must get expressed through his or her politics, culture, behaviour and actions; otherwise gets labelled as a hypocrite. And, while fulfilling the obligation, it is not an easy walk over; one needs to pass through assigned tests in every stage of the life. He or she needs to survive with the Islamic mission and vision. His or her own mission and vision are not his or her own inventions; these are fixed only by Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. A Muslim’s assigned mission is to stand up with the full submission to His Qur’anic command. Such a stand-up (qi’am) of a Muslim shouldn’t be confined only within the prayer mats or inside the mosques; rather must overwhelm all spheres of life with the spirit of enjoining the Truth and eradicating the falsehood (a’maru bil ma’ruf and nehi’anil munker). This was indeed the life-long mission of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his rightly guided companions. Likewise, a Muslim’s vision must match perfectly with the Vision of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la that entails that Islam must prevail as a code of life over falsehood (le’yeuz hira’hu ala’ddini kullihi -as mentioned in the holy Qur’an). Such a stand-up (qiam) for Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la’s is obligatory on all the believing men and women. This way a Muslim pays the price for his place in the heaven. So the Divine decree comes from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la: “Tell (O’ Muhammad!): (O’ the believers) I urge you only in one thing, that rise up for Allah’s cause in twos or singly..” –(Sura Saba, verse 46).
Therefore, a Muslim doesn’t need an army or huge party as a precondition to stand up for Islam, he must stand up even alone if fails to find a companion –as Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) stood alone in front of tyrant Nimrod and his tribe. For such an act of audacious steadfastness, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la made Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) the model for the believers of all ages to come -as mentioned in verse 4, sura Mumta’hana. Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) did the same in the court of Pharaoh. The last prophet of Islam Muhammad (peace be upon him), too did the same against the wolves of the Arab tribes. A Muslim’s stand-up (qi’am) on a prayer mat has indeed a very important symbolic implication; it is to inculcate the habit of standing up for the cause of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la in all fields of life. Not only it needs the full audacity but also it requires the readiness to sacrifice one’s life and wealth for the victory of His cause. In order to generate such an audacious dedication among the believers, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la makes a holy pledge of recompense with the believers. So, it is revealed, “Surely Allah has purchased from the believers their life and their property for this that they shall have the paradise; and they fight in Allah’s way, so that they kill and get killed; a promise which is binding on Him in Taurat, and the Injeel and the Qur’an; and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the great achievement.” –( Sura Taubah, verse 111). The companions of the prophet (peace be upon him) indeed made such a solemn pledge with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Hence, despite their numerical inadequacies, they to stood up against the huge armies of Roman and Roman empires –the contemporary world powers. More than 70 percent of them sacrificed their life to fulfil the pledge.
The culture of mercenarism
After such a solemn pledge with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la – as revealed in the above verse, how can a Muslim work the known enemies of Islam? It is indeed fully incompatible with the faith, culture, politics and body chemistry of a true Muslim to support or align with the agenda of any imperialist, colonialist, autocrat, infidel, nationalist, secularist, socialist, monarchist, autocrat and other enemies of Islam. It is the sure roadmap towards the hellfire. Only an established hypocrite can chase such a path of devilish deviation. The real faith or piety of a believer is not tested on prayer mats. Nor it is revealed in fasting or in pilgrimage. Hundreds of hypocrites took part in such rituals even in prophet’s time. Rather, it is tested in his role vis-à-vis the murderous enemies of Islam. His submission to those enemies and any co-operation with them instantly nullifies his faith. In fact, it is his bold stand-up against such brutalities of the enemies with all of his merits and abilities testifies his faith.
Any act of submission to the enemy’s anti-Islamist agenda and fighting shoulder to shoulder with them is, in fact, the work of a typical mercenary. A true believer can never sell the greatest amana of his Almighty– his life and abilities to the enemies. It is a major sin in Islam. Hence, none of the prophets’ companions joined the enemy army; neither did any Muslims during the Umaiyah and Abbasia khelafa time either. But later on, the Muslims made horrible history by working as the mercenary of the enemy. So, when Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and many other Muslim countries were occupied by the British colonial Army, majority of its troops were non-British and thousands of them were the Muslims. More awfully, these remorseless mercenaries who made their livelihood by selling their souls to the enemies could hijack the Muslim states, too. For example, General Eskender Mirza, General Ayyub Khan and General Yahiya Khan become the President of Pakistan in succession from 1958 to 1971. These three big icons of Pakistan Army along with many thousands others started their carrier as the mercenaries of the colonial British Army. By 1947, more than 200, 000 Indian Muslims served as mercenaries in the British colonial Army! They fought World Wars and wars of occupation for the imperialists in the different parts of the World and strengthen the British occupation in India. Later on, they could occupy their own country Pakistan, too; and thus could successfully serve the enemy agenda by dismantling the largest Muslim country of the world. The dream of the Indian Muslims for establishing a core Islamic civilizational state in the world was blown up in the wind. The picture in the Arab World is not different either. The Arab mercenaries are the people who under the leadership of Sherif Hussain of Mecca and his sons helped the British and the French to dismember Osmania Khilafa and establish Israel. The same evil legacy of mercenarism still survives with greater success. Hence the Americans, the Russians and the Indians need not deploy their own foot soldiers to occupy and subjugate their target Muslim lands; the home-grown mercenaries are doing the job. Whereas, it is the consensus of the Islamic jurists that jihad becomes an obligatory duty on every believing man if an enemy army descends on a Muslim land.