The False Justifications for a Sunni Khilafah
I was astounded today when I read a response to justify the Sunni institution of the Khilafah (Caliphate):
“And rule between them by that which Allah revealed to you, and do not follow their vain desires away from the truth which came to you”. [ 5:48]
“..Verily the ‘Hukm’ (command, Judgment) is for none but Allah..” [12:40]
“Whoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, they are disbelievers” [5:44]
Anyone who knows the above ayat would be sad at their miscontextualised use. Lets begin with 5/48. The author starts his quote with ‘And rule between them by that which Allah revealed to you’ . How do you apply a verse which begins with an ‘and’? Obviously you must read 5/48 in full and when you do you will see this:
And We have revealed to you,the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed …
As you can see, the author’s allegation about the ‘maa’ and general use is patently false. It is not general, it refers to the Quran. Nothing else is mentioned. You should write the author to withdraw such a poor use of the Quran.
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As for the khilafah, it is an institiution which has no basis in the Quran. It’s not that the Quran rejects the notion of a government. Rather it rejects the ideas of classical Sharia law. A great example would be blasphemy and apostasy. The Quran simply has no provisions for the two and whatever punishment stipulated is therefore unquranic.