Clarification of the fact that the Muslims are not permitted to remain leaderless without giving allegiance to an Amir

Amir al-mu’minin Shaykh Usman Dan Fodio, founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, a maliki faqih and a sufishaykh in the tariqa Qadiriyyah said:

I say, and succes is by Allah, that it is an obligation for every muslim to give allegiance to the Amir of the believers, if he exists. Muhammad ibn Abd al-Karim al-Maghili said in the Answers he gave to the questions of Askia * that it is not halal for a group of muslims to remain leaderless. Allah said, “Hold fast to the rope of Allah, all together, and do not split up”. In the Sahih of Muslim, Ibn ‘Umar said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whoever withholds obedience will have no excuse when he meets Allah on the Day of Rising. Whoever dies without having given allegiance dies the death of the Days of Ignorance.

* Muhammad al-Hajj, ruler of The Songhai Empire, also known as the Songhay Empire, was an *Songhai – African state of west Africa. From the early 15th to the late 16th century, Songhai was one of the largest African empires in history. This empire bore the same name as its leading ethnic group, the Songhai. Its capital was the city of Gao, where a small Songhai state had existed since the 11th century. Its base of power was on the bend of the Niger River in present day Niger and Burkina Faso.

(taken from the book Handbook on Islam by Shaykh Usman Dan Fodio, translated by Aisha Bewley)

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~ by The Murabit Blog on 02/05/2010.

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