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The Egyptian government has been relying on fear to rule its people with an iron fist. The fear has now been lifted. I spent 13 years of my life in Egypt and I understand this fear - a nagging worry that one might be detained indefinitely with no court date or legal representation. Almost every Egyptian is aware of such horror stories, people jailed due to “civil-disobedience” or other politically-driven charges. Even with this backdrop, Egyptians are standing up to make their voices heard.

Breaking the Fear Factor: The Egyptian Protest Story

Through an Egyptian Lens:

The Egyptian government has been relying on fear to rule its people with an iron fist.

The fear has now been lifted.

I spent 13 years of my life in Egypt and I understand this fear – a nagging worry that one might be detained indefinitely with no court date or legal representation. Almost every Egyptian is aware of such horror stories, people jailed due to “civil-disobedience” or other politically-driven charges. Even with this backdrop, Egyptians are standing up to make their voices heard.

The fear has now been lifted.

Some people claim that the Egyptian protest, named by protesters as the “Day of Anger,” is due to poverty or lack of economic opportunity, but I believe this is incorrect. This protest is a reaction to the lack of dignity prevalent throughout Egypt, where people are not able to live as human beings. It is due to the feeling of having no rights and of being a slave to the state. These protests took place because the people of Egypt saw this protest as a glimmer of light and hope at the end of what they felt had been a very long dark tunnel.

Though few will disagree with the idea that Egypt's authoritarian regime for the past 30 years has been a great disservice to Egypt (except apparently Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden), the worry now is that these five or six days of “anger” will pass without any real change.  There might be a “personnel change” at the top, but the system itself may stay in place. Even if the Egyptian people are able to change the constitution, the same unaccountable style of governance will be in place.

If we know anything about change, we know that it doesn't happen overnight. Transitioning into a real democratic political system isn't easy and will take time. Most Egyptians, in the euphoria of anger, will be more disappointed when the regime changes but the system remains!

That being said, let's talk realistically about the next government, if that were to happen, who would lead it? Would the elections – assuming they took place – really be fair? Do we have the “training” to accept and have free and fair elections after years and years of fraudulent and corrupted ones? Read the news about the last election in Egypt.

I guess only time will tell.

Through an American Lens:

In a shocking press release issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she astonished the world with these words, “our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.”

The astonishment continued to mount as the Vice President of the free world, Joe Biden, said, “Look, Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things,” Biden told PBS' Newshour, “and he's been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interests in the region: Middle East peace efforts, the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing the relationship with Israel. I would not refer to him as a dictator.”

Click to enlarge image - Egyptian peaceful protesters praying on a bridge and the security forces striking them with water while they are in prostration

For your information, Mr. Biden, Mubarak has been ruling Egypt since 2 years before I was born and I am 28!

It is also noteworthy to mention that Facebook, Twitter, and Blackberry services have been interrupted in Egypt due to this protest.  Add to that, the fact that some newscasts have also been blocked (AlJazeera watch at 1:05).

The stability of Egypt, of course, is very important to the United States. Think about it like this, Egypt is to the Middle East what America is to the rest of the world; everybody looks up to her and what she does. This applies to politics, art, education, and especially entertainment. This gives Egypt very good leverage. If Egypt is not stable, the whole region may become destabilized and this is alarming to other tyrannical governments in the region.

Such a rapid shift of power in more than one country based on the voices of the people is also alarming to Israel. The Wall Street Journal reported, “Though ties are far from warm, Israel's three-decade peace with Egypt is a key pillar of its military posture in the region.”

CNN published an article describing Israel as, “watching quietly,” reporting that an Israeli Knesset member Benjamin Ben-Eliezer was quoted saying, “There is no leading figure that can lead the wave of protests till the regime falls,” he said. “This is not a regime of one person, but it is backed by the army, the intelligence agencies and the secret service.”

It is indeed a struggle, that will require a level of success from the Egyptian people to manifest this progress in reforming the Egyptian political institutions. If this will becomes a reality, and the government is overthrown, the Egyptian people must be able to transition to a new system that is compatible with a free and democratic lifestyle. Otherwise, the result will be the same old system with a different regime.

This is indeed an astonishing civic moment in the world, and I hope it passes successfully and with the least amount of bloodshed.

About Haytham

Haytham graduated at the top of his class with a B.S in Chemistry from Texas Southern University and went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a Masters of Science in Nano Science and Microsystems. Haytham volunteered and worked for various Islamic non-profits. He is currently a board member of MuslimMatters.org and is employed by the US. Department of Commerce in the D.C. Area

40 comments

  1. What I think would be a great way to send a message to the Government of Egypt, and all those around the muslim world is to protest during times of Salah. Muslims go outside during Salah, out of the masaajid, and they choose an Imam for Salaat al Fajr, Maghrib, and Isha – They should attach microphones to the Imam, and he should pray and then make Qunoot after every salah. He should speak of the tyranny, of the evil and kufr which the tyrants are committing. The Imam should make dua that Allah replace this evil system with that which Allah prefers, and that which treats the people as people, not animals. The Imams should make the same qunoot that Rasool Ullah made when the Recitors were massacred, or when the Army went out. This will strike fear into the hearts of the tyrants all across the Muslim world. In this manner there should be many jamaats across Cairo, Alexandria, and Egypt, and Yemen, and Tunisia at large. There should be hundreds of Imams making qunoot across the region all being recorded (whilst making dua in the loudspeaker) and then these recording should be posted all across the internet – this would greatly boost the morale of the protesters, and defenders, and greatly hurt the Tyrants morale and the morale of his army. Inshallah Allah will also listen to the Qunoots of the Imams, and the Ameen of the people behind the Imams, and Inshallah Allah will replace the evil when he is shown that the people truly care about Islam, and will no longer sit back and hide in their houses due to fear of the evil tyrannical oppression. This is not extreme, it is merely asking Allah that He give the honor back to the people who in their ignorance gave it away 50 years earlier to the tyrants. Oh Allah destroy the oppression in Egypt, and in Yemen, and in Tunisia, and in Pakistan, and in Saudi Arabia, and Everywhere else in the Muslim Ummah. Oh Allah We in the USA are hurting and feeling sorrow for the muslims in Egypt, and elsewhere where they are being oppressed. Oh Allah we pray day and night that You give us the honor. Oh Allah make the people in Egypt succeed in removing the evil government which has treated our brothers like animals. Oh Allah punish the oppressors in this world, and in the hereafter with the worst of punishments, unless and until they repent, and change their ways. Oh Allah bless this ummah, and pave the way back for our true revival, because we are your humble servants.

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    • Great idea.

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    • Slave of AllahSWT

      SubhanaAllah! Completely agree with you….let us all pray together no matter which part of the globe we are…Alhamdulillah we are one family…may AllahSWT grant victory to the ones who want to bring justice and revive the kalima!

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    • MashaAllah, I was really drawn into your comment, and thought to myself, “now this man can definitely be an orator and know his deen,” until I got to, “Oh Allah destroy the oppression in Egypt, and in Yemen, and in Tunisia, and in Pakistan, and in Saudi Arabia, and Everywhere else in the Muslim Ummah,” emphasis on “Everywhere else in the Muslim Ummah” while I definitely and wholeheartedly say AMEEN to this Du’a, Im curious as to why you used the adjective, ‘Muslim Ummah,’. Supposing I was a nonMuslim wal’iyaathu billah, I would probably be like, “well dang, why would he only pray for the muslim community, what about oppression worldwide? These Muslims, they only care about themselves,…..etc”
      I point this out bc it is likely a nonMuslim could easily find this blog and read your comment, since it’s the first, and bc as humans we are sooo easy to criticize, (as Im doing to you now lol -:) ) That nonMuslim will read that comment, and SHUT what would’ve been a potential DOOR to Islam. I think you get my point now.
      Walakin bisidqin, barakAllahu feik wa jazaakAllah khair ‘alaa khair, noor ‘alaa noor.
      ma’salaam yaa akhi

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  2. Mubarak, the US puppet, is about to lose his strings and fall down from the world stage.

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    • Very suspicious the sudden emergence of looters and thieves simultaneous with the absence of police and “security”.

      Is it possible that the 2 groups are the same people? The tactics being to portray the legitimate aim of overthrowing a tyrant as “inevitably” leading to chaos which can only be resolved by begging Mubarak and his thugs to take control for the safety of the people.

      So transparent but there will be people on this thread and in Egypt who will wail “I told you so! Best to let things settle down and obey our leaders just like we were told by our wiser ancestors 1300 years ago.”

      Once that kind of “stability” returns, It will be off to the prisons and hangman’s noose for the students and youth – just like what is happening in Iran because the momentum was lost.

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  3. why not? Mr Wagdi puts it so beautifully here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hBV0ApIh_4

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  4. Allah protect all the mu’mineen and muslimeen of Egypt, and guide all her people to what will please Him.

    The Nile’s floods were famous for milennia. And Egypt’s rulers risked much with dams to tame them. But damming her people’s freedoms is proving more dangerous. May Allah put barakat for the muslims in this flood, too.

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  5. It is indeed an astonishing moment, and one that was inevitable. I have known for a long time that this day would come, but not when. People cannot live in fear day after day, year after year, descending further into poverty, stripped of a voice or say in their destiny. Alhamdulillah that the fear is gone, and the voices are being heard.

    I won’t waste my time being surprised that the USA – which has propped up this dictator for decades – has not supported this revolution. Instead I will keep on praying to Allah to bring about a good resolution for the Egyptian people, a government which will respect the voices and needs of the people, while also respecting their Islamic character and heritage.

    Some years ago I was thinking of moving out of the United States. My parents said, “Why don’t you move to Egypt?” I said, “I don’t want to live in a dictatorship. When Egypt is free, I will move there.” I wonder if that day has come.

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    • Neutronstar, I read the linked article, and I reject it. To believe in such conspiracy theories is to accept that we are powerless. That leads to despair and inaction, and that is the call of Shaytan. The reality is that we (individually and collectively) are powerful, by Allah’s will.

      I wrote a rebuttal here:

      You are Powerful

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  6. And One More –

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  7. Ban Internet
    Ban SMS
    Ban phone call
    Ban being out in the street
    Ban protests
    Ban al jazeerah news
    Ban football games in libya in case they revolt

    The policy of banning shows how weak, fragile, and ignorant a leader you are

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  8. Good analysis of USA policy

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  9. Can anyone please translate the following link regarding the current situation? (Sheikh Muhammad Hassan)

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  10. Salaam aleikum,

    one point that needs to be emphasized to Muslims the world over is that THIS is how you make political change in the Muslim world, when Muslims from all classes, races, ethnicities, occupations, and genders try to seize hold of their society then no power (not even Mubarek’s American paid army) can stop them.

    This is the ultimate refutation of violent and senseless jihadist proponents be they Zawahiri, Bin Laden, or Awlaki. Nihilist senseless violence kills Muslims without accomodating any real change and keeps the people still fearful and afraid of what is to come. When Muslims take their destiny in their own hands and take ownership does real change come.

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  11. يا هيثم, انت متهم بزعزعة الأمن العام و التغلغل في النظام و اهانة فخامة الرئيس

    Egyptians cannot believe the events. Only a week ago we were afraid of standing up to the regime. and now that they have tasted freedom, they will not let go. They will not stop until Mubarak and his entire gang are out inshaAllah.

    Tahrir square has turned to a camp ground. Power to the people.

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  12. Egypt Now Blocking Al Jazeera Broadcasts to Much of Middle East

    http://www.fastcompany.com/1722354/egypt-nilesat-al-jazeera

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  13. The Muslim world has tried democracy and dictatorship, it has tried Capitalism and Communism and what has been realised is that these systems have failed to look after the basic needs of the people in a manner which is in accordance with their Aqeedah. Muslims have an Aqeedah which gives them a political system to run their affairs, the Khilafah. Muslims and Islamic organisations have a duty to explain how the Khilafah will solve the problems which the Muslim world is suffering from and the need for Khilafah for the Muslim world. This is a great opportunity to do this as the Muslims in the Muslim world are looking for an alternative system.

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    • Islam doesn’t specify any specific method of governance but rather sets general guidelines to follow. Any system that fits the guidelines and fulfills the responsibilities of a ruler towards the people is acceptable.

      This approach is in harmony with the comprehensiveness of Islam towards nations through the ages. It allows the people to select a method that is within the boundaries of shariah yet compatible to the times they live in.

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      • Islam DOES have a specific system of governance, which is called the Khilafah. This is well estabilished in the Islamic texts and the Khilafah system is unique in the sense that it is not a democratic system nor is it a communist system.

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        • So please explain to me how does the khilafah operate?
          For the sake of discussion, lets say the khilafah is back. How does the khalifah make decisions? What kind of a consultation process, if any, does he have to determine what’s best in a given situation? Is the authority centrally focused in his hands or do the different regions have autonomous controls over their affairs?

          The point I’m trying to make is that even with the khilafah, you still need a system/process to operate because Islam does not go into such minute details of governance but rather leaves it to the people/scholars to decide.

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          • Wow, really? Alright, I accept that not many people – at least in the West living under a western system where the clerics propounding western values may not know the Islamic State System.

            Allah says in the Qur’an that he has perfected your way of life. He is referring to humanity. Humanity in all its regard – including socio-political, economical, and religious ways. And it is part of our eman to believe this otherwise we have left Islam.

            The “Khilafa” is a system of government that operated in it’s own way. How do you think Rasool Ullah, Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali (Peace be upon Rasool Ullah, and May Allah’s mercy be on all of them) ruled? Did they manage to take over half the world, yet lived in anarchy? Was Rasool Ullah following a different system? Was he a capitalist? Or maybe a Marxist? (Naudhubillah) NO! Islam has it’s own system, and if you study the seerah, hadeeth, quran, and fiqh – you will realize that everything that a society needs to function is there. Just an example – The markets of Islam are free enterprise. Laissez Faire – where the government does not get involved unless illegal activity is taking place, and the gov. does not control the prices…How do we know this? It is recorded in the history…Umar (R) even spoke about Laissez Faire, and free enterprise when he said (after being asked to regulate the prices in the market “How can I change the prices? That is the will of Allah to change it to accommodate the people – It is not my place as the state to interfere in the marketplace (the economy)…”So Yes The “Khilafah” is an entity in itself….there is no “democracy” or “dictatorship”….It is a sort of “nomocracy” or “theocracy” in which the Law is above all, and even the leader and follower follow and fulfilll the obligations of their position in accordance to the law.

            Anyways I will answer your hypothetical questions…I can make mistakes so I am not saying it’s the perfect answer according to Islam.

            How does the khalifah make decisions?

            The Khalifah, the leader of the Khilafah makes the decisions regarding everything that a normal state would deal with. There is no legislative branch (because the legislative branch makes the laws, and in Islam the law is already in place so there is no need for that branch.) However there is an executive, and a Judicial branch. The Executive branch deals with the decisions. The President is the Khalifah – and the “Shurah Committee” (wise men chosen as advisors from the common people to help the leader in making decisions.) work together to make decisions. If there is disagreement, the final voice goes to the leader. – There is no “majority rules” in this situation. There is majority rules when it comes to “appointing” the leaders. But once you have appointed them they make the decisions according to the Law of Allah. If they do good, then Alhamdulillah. If they do bad, it is a test from Allah, and we should be patient, and if this situation persists – we ask the leader to step down, and we replace him with someone better.

            What kind of a consultation process, if any, does he have to determine what’s best in a given situation?

            Shurah – It is sort of a democratic process where they discuss the choices, benefits, drawbacks, etc…..look up in the previous paragraph.

            Is the authority centrally focused in his hands or do the different regions have autonomous controls over their affairs?

            It is a “federal” sort of system in which the power is divided. Some things cannot possibly be controlled by the central government , so the Khalifah appoints governors from the people to rule over an area of the same people. They in turn take care of that area, and he takes their report on the situation. If the people don’t like that “governor” they come to the khalifah, and complain. If it is proven true – then the governor is removed from his post, and he is replaced. the best example of this is when Umar (r) used to send Anas b Malik (r) as an undercover delegate to these different regions, and he would go around asking the people about the governor. If they say everything is okay, then everything is okay – If they complain, then steps would be taken…

            “The point I’m trying to make is that even with the khilafah, you still need a system/process to operate because Islam does not go into such minute details of governance but rather leaves it to the people/scholars to decide.”

            This is wrong in the sense that the khalifah is the system/process. And Islam does go into such minute detail. By Allah! Islam goes so deep into minute detail that Rasool Ullah (s) saw some people in Jahannum, and he asked why they were there? He was told ” They did not sit down when they urinated.” Islam discusses everything and it is part of our eman to believe that Islam deals with everything. Maybe not directly, but indirectly we can follow Islam from the second we wake up, to the second we fall asleep. It is part of our faith to believe so. Yes the people and the scholars help interpret how. But how do they interpret? Using their understanding of ISLAM. and not any other understanding.

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          • You will find a book called the ruling system in islam by Shiekh Taqiuddin An-Nabhani. Have a read of it, it answers your questions. Its avaliable in English ans Arabic on the internet.

            The other ponit I will make is that Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali all were rulers of the Muslims for a 30 year period, if they were able to rule with Islam for that long, why can we not rule with Islam now, considering we have expanded on Fiqh and other related issues.

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        • Anyone advocating Caliphate has to answer some basic questions.

          1. Is a Caliph for life?
          2. Who judges the Caliph?
          3. Can non-muslim citizens be Caliph? If not, are they not second class citizens?

          More here: Why an Islamic State is not Valid Today – http://mezba.blogspot.com/2007/03/why-islamic-state-is-impractical-today.html

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          • at least try and do a basic word search, there is something called “Google” which one can use for this purpose which already addresses many of these issues here:

            http://www.caliphate.eu/

            articles and discussions are of a legal nature outlining the state, what it would look like, term limits, holding the ruler accountable, etc.

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          • Sorry I only have a quick response to this. I have to hurry out for work.

            The blog says

            We cannot have that today. No matter who the guy is, or how holy, we cannot appoint someone for life without any checks and balances.

            He or she is assuming that “a Khalifa” for life is without checks and balances. Yet the next paragraph the person quotes Abu Bakr, in which he requests the common mass to check and balance him. So yes the leader can be for life. But when he is wrong, or he is leading the ummah astray, he should be dealt with either through impeachment, or something worse.

            And another thing. We automatically assume the leader to be bad. When we ourselves choose a leader from amongst us, based on his eeman, and leadership skills, and nothing else – more often than not, he will be a good leader.

            The person goes on to say

            And we always need fresh blood, new ways of thinking and innovation to keep the State competitive in the global environment.

            The office of the leader does not need him to personally be innovative. That is the duty of the people. The leader simply manages the affairs of the people, while they advance. Yes to compete he will need military, etc. but the scientists, and engineers, and doctors, will work on the innovation. Nowhere, not even in the US is innovation a requirement. If everything is going good, then there is no need for change.

            Who judges the Khalif?

            Allah first and foremost.

            But in this life? The people. Listen to a new lecture by Sheikh Qaradawi, on MEMRI.

            He says the people were left with these oppressive leaders for a reason. Because they deserved to. It was their responsibility to check and balance the ruler. They were to be the soldiers of Allah in that instance.

            And according to a hadeeth, we will inshallah not have to deal with that,

            Rasool Ullah says in a saheeh hadeeth that first will come risalah. Then Allah will raise it. Then comes Khilafah on the path of Risalah. Then Allah will raise it. Then comes Mulkan Aaddan, Biting Kingdoms, and then Allah will raise it. Then comes Mulkan Jibriyyan Strong Military Kindoms, then Allah will raise it, and finally then comes Khilafah once again on the path of the Risalah. And that is it

            We as muslims have gone through the first 4 stages. And the last one is Khilafah, and it will be like that of the 4 Khilafas. And so for all saying Khilafah is not possible today? Check your eman, because Allah has promised us Khilafah again. And the best kind. The real Khilafah, not the kingdoms that lasted from Muawiya (r) to Mubarak (may Allah punish him) The Khilafah is coming. Whether you like it or not.

            As for the last question…

            NO. lol. of course non muslims cannot be the khalif! You want to appoint the affairs of the muslims to a non muslim? Aren’t we already doing that today? We are giving muslim responsibilities to the murtad and munafiq leaders of today. The spot of Khilafah is not like that of parlaiment, where one runs in parties, and becomes leader. Regardless of your religion. No no no no no. Only the best of the MUSLIMS can be leaders.

            If not, are they not second class citizens?

            Depens on what you define as second class citizens. The non muslims were the happiest when in the Khilafah. They had rights. That is the difference between a khilafah and democracy. In a democracy – majority rukles, while the voices of the minority don’t matter. While in a khilafah, the minority (other religions) live by their own rule of law. Muslims are held to a standard, and non muslims to another standard. They are not treated as second class – in fact…they have it easier living in a khilafah than even the muslim! They are protected, live like they want, are not subject to some of the harsher laws, all for the sum of a small payment of Jizyah (less than zakah)….so are they second class? Ill let you decide, but if I was a non muslim and I had to choose between living in the USA, or in the true Khilafah as a “second class” citizen? I would choose the Khilafah.

            Oh and if you really mean by what you or the blog poster is saying “that an Islamic State is not Valid today”???????That is a big statement of heresy. Islam is for all times. And I am not talking about part, watered down Islam. Islam in its full glory is for until the day of Judgement. It is a promise from Allah, and his messenger. To say that it is “impractical” today due to the society, and people – may be one thing. But to say that it is not “valid?” That is an extremely sinful statement, (as Rasool Ullah was sent, and Islam came – to ordain the word of Allah on the whole of this Earth).— and the person who utters such words of sin should repent to Allah, because saying that a facet of Islam established by the Prophet is not Valid today? That is a major sin. I pray that Allah forgives me, and that you forgive me if I have hurt your sentiments in any way.

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          • 1. The Khalifah can only be removed if he breaks the contract with the ummah which is to rule by Islam. If he commits open Kufr then the courts of unjust acts would remove him and the bayah process will be set in motion to elect another Khalifah.

            2 The Khalifah is judged by Allah (swt) when he dies, and he is accounted by the Ummah and those in authority like the courts of unjust acts in the dunya.

            3. A non-muslim can not be a Khalifah for the simple reason that the job of the Khalifah is to apply Islam over the people, it does not make sense that a non muslim would do that considering he does not believe in Islam. Just cos some one is not able to rule does not make them a second class citizen ie if you are not a British citizen you can not stand in elections to be prime minister, does that mean now that person is a second class citizen, then UK is filled with those.

            For further reading please read the ruling system in Islam by Sheikh Taqiuddin An-Nabhani, it is avaliable for the interenet and its free.

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  14. Amazing how reactive and blind many of you are. While rooting against evil Mubarak, how do you know the replacement won’t be worse? Don’t forget the Islamic and philosophical saying: “It’s better to live under a bad ruler than under no ruler at all.” Reflect. Until you know the replacement is a better one, and you don’t, irony may have it that a strongman like Mubarak may be the better fit for a country like Egypt. Scary and disturbing thought — but one to think about seriously and even consider.

    MK

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    • But it’s not reactive and blind to be completely pessimistic about the situation? While decrying the protests, how do you know the replacement won’t be a better, far superior situation than that with Mubarak for the last 30+ years? Don’t forget the Islamic and philosophical sayings ““whoever of you sees an evil they should change it with their hands, if they cannot then with their tongues, and if they cannot then with their hearts and the latter is the weakest of Iman”, and “the greatest Jihad is a word of truth to an unjust ruler.”, as previous posters in the original protest thread have pointed out. Contemplate. If and when it ever does become clear that the replacement is worse for Egypt than Mubarak ever was, which no one knows right now, then deal with it as it comes. Because it could in all likelihood be found that the new situation is a huge easing of burdens for the Egyptian people, that came not a moment too soon. A wonderful, positive, bright and happy thought, that deserves just as much serious thinking and consideration as the pessimistic thoughts.

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      • Be realistic. The outcome can be good or bad irrespective of optimism or pessimism. As long as Mubarak’s replacement is unknown — and that is certainly the case — your optimism doesn’t do anything to make it otherwise, even it makes you feel better. Your statement that “If and when it ever does become clear that the replacement is worse for Egypt than Mubarak ever was…then deal with it as it comes” is a jump in the dark approach that no sensible and practical Muslim (or non-Muslim, for that matter) can support as the possibility continues to exist that Muslims may in the end suffer more than less — and you’re willing to take that risk? A good outcome can also happen, true, but as long as the opposite possibility exists, and it does, your approach can only be understood as reactive, without serious thought of costs and benefits, and possibly dangerous to our brothers and sisters in Egypt. And what exactly is Sunni Islam’s position on revolting against a ruler? Would you care to elaborate?

        Wassalam, MK

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  15. I find all of you guys discussing the legality of “khilafa” so weird. Did any of you actually lived in Egypt?!

    Its like America dictating the curriculum for middle school in Tonga… neither Americans know the people or their culture, nor the people of Tonga know much about Americans!

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  16. Its too bad that people are still pointing their fingers at the rulers, I guess thats the easy escape from facing a problem and solving it.

    “O you who believe! Obey Allāh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allāh and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allāh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.” [An-Nisa 4:59]

    Why is there oppression and poverty and calamities in not just Egypt but the whole world?
    In the Instruction Manual of Allah for Mankind and Jinn (the Furqan /Criterion by which to judge right and wrong) The Qur’an… Allah SWT Says:

    “Evil (sins and disobedience of Allāh, etc.) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds, etc.), that Allāh may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allāh, and begging His Pardon).” [Ar-Rum 30:41]

    “And We sent no Prophet unto any town (and they denied him), but We seized its people with suffering from extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss of health and calamities, so that they might humiliate themselves (and repent to Allāh).” [Al-A'raf 7:94]

    “And those who disbelieve are allies to one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so (i.e. become allies, as one united block with one Khalifah – chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world to make victorious Allāh’s Religion of Islāmic Monotheism), there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism, etc.) and oppression on earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism).” [Al-Anfal 8:73]

    “And if the people of the towns had believed and had taqwa (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heavens and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So we took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism, and crimes etc.). Did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our punishment by night while they are asleep? Or, did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our punishment in the forenoon while they play? Did they then feel secure against the plot of Allah.
    None feels secure from the plot of Allah except the people who are lost.”
    [Al-A'raf: 96-99]

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  17. This is just sad, people. How could Mubarak do this to Egypt! Do any of YOU know? ‘Cause if you do, let me know. Everythings in turmoil, and now, thanks to Mubarak, I got extra homework. Eliza out.

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