This means: “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favor on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.
Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma`ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful. And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment. (3, Al-`Imran: 103 - 105)
The Prophet of Allah (SAWS) said: “Muslims are equal with respect to blood. The lowest of them is entitled to give protection on behalf of them, and the one residing far away may give protection on behalf of them. They are like one hand over against all those who are outside the community.” (Reported by an-Nasa’iyy)
The role of the Muslim nation: Allah says: ﴿ كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ المُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللهِ ﴾ [ آل عمران : 110]
This means: “You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-ma`ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah.” (Al-`Imran: 110)
This means: “Thus We have made you a just (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger be a witness over you.” (Al-Baqarah: 143)
Changing Al-Munkar: Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) said: “The one who sees something detestable, let him change it with his hand, if he can not, then with his tongue and even if he is not able, then with his heart, and that is the weakest form of faith.” (Reported by Muslim)
This means: “And so judge (you O Muhammad SAWS) between them by what Allah has revealed and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they turn you far away from some of that which Allah has sent down to you. And if they turn away, then know that Allah's Will is to punish them for some sins of theirs. And truly, most of men are Fasiqun (rebellious and disobedient to Allah).
Do they then seek the judgement of (the Days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith.” (Al-Ma’idah: 49 - 50)
This means: “Have you seen those (hyprocrites) who claim that they believe in that which has been sent down to you, and that which was sent down before you, and they wish to go for judgement (in their disputes) to the Taghut (false judges, etc.) while they have been ordered to reject them.
But Shaytan (Satan) wishes to lead them far astray. And when it is said to them: "Come to what Allah has sent down and to the Messenger (Muhammad SAWS)," you (Muhammad SAWS) see the hypocrites turn away from you with aversion. (An-Nisa’: 60 - 61)
The Prophet (SAWS) said: “I have left among you the Book of Allah and my Sunnah, and if you hold fast to them, you would never go astray.” (Reported by al-Hakim)
Ruling Muslims: `Abdur-Rahman Ibn-Samurah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAWS) told him: “Do not seek to be a ruler, because if you are given authority for it, then you will be held responsible for it, but if you are given it without asking for it, then you will be helped in it (by Allah).” (Reported by al-Bukhariyy and Muslim)
The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: “You will be greedy for getting a position of authority, but remember that it will be a cause of humiliation and regret on the Day of Judgment.” (Reported by al-Bukhariyy)
He (SAWS) also said: “There will be three types of people whom Allah will neither speak to them on the Day of Resurrection nor will purify them from sins, and they will have a painful punishment: The first is a man possessed superfluous water (more than he needs) on a way and he withholds it from the travelers.
The second is a man who gives a pledge of allegiance to an Imam (ruler) and gives it only for worldly benefits, if the Imam gives him what he wants, he abides by his pledge, otherwise he does not fulfill his pledge.
The third is a man who sells something to another man after the `Asr prayer and swears by Allah (a false oath) that he has been offered so much for it whereupon the buyer believes him and buys it although in fact, the seller has not been offered such a price.” (Reported by al-Bukhariyy and Muslim)
He (SAWS) also said: “Swear allegiance to me that you will not associate anything with Allah, that you will not commit adultery, that you will not steal, that you will not take any life which is forbidden by Allah to take but with (legal) justification;
and whoever among you fulfils it, his reward is with Allah and he who commits any such thing and is punished for it, that will be all atonement for it and if anyone commits anything and Allah conceals (his faults), his matter rests with Allah; He may forgive if He likes, and He may punish him if He likes.” (Reported by al-Bukhariyy)
This means: “And those who answer the Call of their Lord, and perform As-Salah (Iqamat-as- Salah), and who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation, and who spend of what We have bestowed on them.” (Ash-Shura: 38)
This means: “And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harshhearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah's) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” (Al-`Imran: 159)
This means: “Verily! Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice.” (An-Nisa’: 58)
Allah’s Messenger (SAWS) said: “Verily, I am a human being, and the claimants bring to me (the dispute) and perhaps some of them are more eloquent than others. I judge them to be on the right, and thus decide in their favor. So that whom I, by my judgment, (give the undue share) out of the right of a Muslim, I thus give him a part of Fire.” (Reported by al-Bukhariyy and Muslim)
Discrimination is Forbidden: He (SAWS) also said: “O people, those who have gone before you were destroyed because if anyone of high rank committed theft amongst them, they would spare him. If anyone of low rank committed theft, they would inflict the prescribed penalty upon him. By Allah, if Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad, were to steal, I would have her hand cut off.” (Reported by al-Bukhariyy and Muslim)
Punishment should be applied to the perpetrator only: Allah says: ﴿ وَلاَ تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَى ﴾ [ من الزمر : 7 ، وكذلك : الأنعام : 164 ، وفاطر : 18]
This means: “No bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another.” (Az-Zumar: 7, Al-An`am: 164 and Fatir: 18)
And says: ﴿ أَلاَّ تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَى ﴾ [ النجم : 38]
This means: “That no burdened person (with sins) shall bear the burden (sins) of another.” (An-Najm: 38)
Legislation should not be applied retroactively: Allah says: ﴿ وَمَا كُنَّا مُعَذِّبِينَ حَتَّى نَبْعَثَ رَسُولاً﴾ [ الإسراء : 15]
This means: “And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning).” (Al-Isra’: 15)
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