A truly Islamic government based on the Shariah and the Sunnah cannot be found in any Muslim country of today. For a successful Islamic government (Khilafate), the essential requisite is a spiritually and morally reformed Islamic ummah. There does not exist any such Islamic ummah anywhere today in the Islamic world. Therefore, even if a pious man or group of Muslims succeed in installing themselves in government, they will not succeed in the endeavour to implement the Shariah because they will be confronted by corrupt Muslim masses who will not allow the Shar’i process to be introduced.
It was precisely for the successful implementation of the Shariah that Islamic government was preceded by a thirteen year period of spiritual and moral reformation during the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Once the community was Islamically prepared, there was no difficulty in the implementation of the Shariah among the masses.
It was not possible to introduce Islamic Law among masses who are inimical to the Shariah. A people who has become westernized and who has abandoned the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) will sabotage the deeni efforts of benign Islamic rulers. The rulers will be compelled to enlist the services of the un-islamic masses to maintain the working of the country. If those who man the country’s services have no Islamic inclinations and Islamic character, they will resort to a variety of stratagems and co-operate with the enemies to bring about the fall of the Islamic rulers. Roohani and Islaahi training are, therefore, essential for the success of any Islamic government.
It is not possible to implement the shariah in a corrupt community by force. There will be a need for large scale repression, imprisonment and killings if force has to be used to implement the Shariah among a people who has lost its Islamic character. The sunnah way is, therefore, Taleem. Muslims should be educated and the Sunnah explained to them. As long as Muslims do not adopt the Sunnah voluntarily, there is no hope for the success of any Islamic government.
The view of first capturing the means of power and then enforcing the Shariah in an inimical populace is to put the cart before the horse. There is no hope of success.
Muslims are so alienated from Islam, that they will readily vote for an unislamic party or any irreligious group to rule them rather than submit to Shar’i rule. Under such circumstances, one can only expect the wrath of Allah Ta’ala to descend on the Ummat. This is the lamentable plight of the present day Ummah all over the world. Muslims themselves have an aversion for Islam, hence they so quickly adopt foreign and immoral cultures as their ways of life. There is no wonder that so many hardships & disasters are settling over Muslims on all fronts.
AL-HAQ NUMBER 64