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Separation of Church and State in Christianity & Rejection of Mass participation in Election (Democracy), Nationalism/Patriotism/Allegiance in Islam!

October 21, 2019

Weird!!!!!

 

I would acknowledge, in defiance of the western thinking, that it is but natural for one to have an erumpent-attachment to one’s homeland; with a propensity to guarding and protecting it, while taking pride in sense of belonging to it and owning it!

In essence, it is one’s kinfolks, community and the nation one cares about and wanted to protect. It is not only the piece of real-estate; but all that, what is burgeoning from it, living on it and reaping benefits from it.

In Islam, although the concept of customary nationalism/patriotism is not enshrined as such, for there is no concept of a nation-state enshrined as well, yet nationalism/patriotism/allegiance is espoused and encouraged in a non-customary-senseprimarily to a universally-mosaicked, pluralistic nation (Ummah). {According to some, brazenly extrovert, Muslim scholars/thinkers this extends even to the Jews and the Christians}

“We have revealed it (Qura’an) in the Arabic language so that you (people) would understand it”. (Q, 12:2)

This laid the foundation of a NEW-pluralistic-nation comprising of people from all walks of life, lands, communities, ethnicities, skin color and texture. The first [Muslim country], comprising of two sacred cities of mecca and medina, was also made to be protected against all evils.

[He] who made for you the earth a bed [spread out] and the sky a ceiling and sent down from the sky, rain and brought forth thereby fruits as provision for you. (Q, 2:22)

And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable, and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance. (Q, 15:19)

“The (whole) earth has been made good for me, a means of purification and a mosque (place of prayer); so, wherever a man maybe, when the time for prayer comes, let him pray wherever he is.” (Hadith”: Sahih Muslim, 521)

As per the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 the sovereign power of God to make laws and ordain monarchs with the divine right to rule was absolute. The legal concepts of national sovereignty and the sovereignty of man in matters of governance were introduced by Hugo Grotius in the late 17th century and further developed by Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke and Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson and Roger William; both are presumptively assertive of God and His religion, whereupon they have driven a wedge.

Their acknowledgment of Divine sovereignty in the face of inductive-reasoning-based premise becomes dubious, hence the conclusion is bound to be flawed.

Muslim Intellectuals/Scholars, therefore consciously refrained from treading this path. They rather used the deductive reasoning to the textual authority [Qura’anic–Nas] and adopted the religion (in its letter and spirit) as a way of life.

Muslims, nevertheless, faltered on account of the “right to rule” as per the divine will; by a Caliph chosen through mutual consultations and consensus of the pious elders, resulting in tyrannical dynasties, absolute-kingship and ruling elitism.  {Although, conceptually, the Absolute Sovereignty of Allah remained intact} 

So-called caliphates started bending the Sharaii rules; for following Qura’anic verdicts exactly would mean a caliph is relegated to a secondary position, a guardian (vice-regent), while the absolute-sovereignty and kingship rest with Allah (SWT)!

This dichotomy has become more pronounced now; due to adopting the western style election through mass participation, of a Muslim ruler of a Muslims dominated state, in contravention of the divine will. (Q, 6:116)

This is the main reason why there is not a single, 100 % Sharia’a compliant, state in the entire world?

Note: Sultanate of Brunei has recently announced Sharia’a to be the law of the landwhich remains to be adjudged on the anvil of the time! 

Read more on a similar topic: https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/cherished-democracy/

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