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Bayaah of Obedience to the Imaam
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  Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad, his wives, his family, his companions and righteous followers   Does the Baya'ah of Obedience to the Imaam change the life of a Muslim? an Nizaamul Imaarah - [The System of Authority] The baya'ah is not just one obligatory act but rather it is the door wayto many obligations. It is the doorway to the system of Islam, thesystem of organization, unity and leadership. It is the cure to theendless division and it is the first page of the syllabus for the onewho was previously without objectives and direction.‘Baya'ah’ is from the same linguistic root as buyout' [sales] and so bythe baya'ah, the Muslim, for the sake of Allah, sells himself to theImaam by pledging full allegiance and obedience in what he likesand dislikes, in times of ease and in times of hardship. This is notlike joining a group, where people join one and then leave and joinanother. In fact, the one who obeys the khaleefah is obeying the onewho has succeeded the prophet (saw) as the legitimate leader of theMuslim ummah and The one who abandons the khilaafah is the onewho is abandoning the Islamic system of organising the affairs of theummah, he is abandoning the system that was followed by RasoolAllah (saw), Abu Bakr, Umar ibn al Khattab, U'thmaan ibn A'ffaanand A'li ibn Abi Talib [may Allah be pleased with all of them].Without that system the resources are scattered and the efforts arenot co-ordinated and the ummah is left weak, isolated, confused andvulnerable to the shayaateen among men and among jinn. U’mar ibnal Khattaab reported that Nabi (saw) said “ Cling to the Jama’ahand beware of seperating for Shaytaan is found along with thesingle person but is further from two. Whoever desires the heartof Paradise then let him cling to the Jama’ah. He whose goodaction pleases him and his evil deed causes him sorrow then he isa believer. ” (AHMAD [1/18] TIRMIDHI [no.2165] AL-HAAKIM[1/114]) and Mua’dh ibn Jabal reported that Rasool Allah (saw) said:“ Verily Shaytaan is a wolf to a man just as the wolf is to a flock.He seizes the solitary sheep going astray from the flock or goingaside from the flock. So avoid the branching paths; it is essentialfor you to remain along with the Jama’ah .” (AHMAD,TIRMIDHI)The one who obeys the Ameerul Mu'mineen is in truth obeying Nabi(saw) and the one who disobeys the ameerul mu'mineen isdisobeying the prophet (saw). Abu Hurayrah reported that Nabi(saw) said “ One who obeys me, obeys Allah and one who disobeysme disobeys Allah and the person who obeys the ameer, obeysme and whoever disobeys the ameer disobeys me. ” (BUKHAARI,MUSLIM)The one who understands the significance of Imaamah will alsounderstand the significance of the baya'ah and that is that the onewho gives baya'ah is making a promise in front of Allah to worshipAllah by clinging to the Islamic system, “ Verily! Those who givebaya’ah to you (O Muhammad) give baya’ah to Allah. ” (al Fath48:10)For those who are ignorant of the laws of Allah the baya'ah is just aword and an isolated act. But for those whom Allah has guided to thetruth, the baya'ah is the way out of the darkness and a plea forthemselves on Yawmil Qiyaamah. The Prophet (saw) commanded usto cling to Imaamah even if the Imaam is oppressive, even if we seethat which we dislike and even if there is selfishness and unfairpreferences. So without doubt, Imaamah [leadership] is a vital matterfor the ummah. Imaamah is so important to the extent that if therewere two Imaams then Nabi (saw) commanded the second to bekilled. Abu Sa’eedul Khudri reported that Nabi (saw) said “ If twokhaleefahs have taken the baya’ah then kill the latter of them. ”(MUSLIM Kitaabul Imaarah [no.4568])What is the difference between light and darkness, what is thedifference between unity and disunity, what is the difference betweenorganisation and chaos? The difference between these matters is thesame difference which lies between the excellence of Islamicknowledge and the disaster of the calls of jaahileeyah. Ibn U’marreported that Nabi (saw) said “ The one who separates his handfrom obedience will have no excuse before Allah on the Day of Judgement and he who dies without a baya’ah on his neck diesthe death of jahileeyah ” (MUSLIM [no.4562-64]) So make nomistake, the difference between giving the baya'ah and not giving itis a major difference.A’bdullah ibn U’mar said ‘When we took an oath of allegiance withhim to listen and obey, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said to us “ Inwhat you are able ’” (MAALIK [al Muwatta book 55.1],BUKHAARI kitaabul Ahkaam Eng/Arabic [vol.9 no.309] ,MUSLIM kitaabul Imaarah [no.4604]) and Abdullah ibn A’mrureported that Nabi (saw) said “ He who takes a baya’ah to anImaam and gives him the clasp of his hand and the fruit of hisheart let him obey him as much as he can… ” (MUSLIM kitaabulImaarah [no.4546] IBN MAAJAH kitaabul Fitan [no.3956]) So theprophet (saw) commanded that when we give baya'ah we shouldfulfil the conditions of the baya'ah to the maximum of our ability.This means that the one who follows the sunnah and obeys thecommand of Rasool Allah (saw) will dedicate himself to serving theshari'ah objectives under the Imaam. He will see himself in a similarposition to the sahaabah who gave the baya'ah and kept with theirpromise to listen and obey, not only in ease but also in hardship andeven when the whole world opposed them. And indeed, whoevergives baya'ah and adheres to its conditions will surely meetopposition. This is because the revival of Islam is dependent uponunity and the legitmate unity is only achieved through gatheringupon the a'qeedah of Islam under a single leadership. It is reportedthat Nabi (saw) said “ Whoever dies without there being over himan Imaam of the Jama’ah [a’layhi Imaamu Jama’ah] then he hhas died the death of jaahileeyah .” as (AL HAAKIM ‘alMustadrak’)So in summary, the baya'ah should significantly change the life of the one who takes it in the sense that he becomes part of acomprehensive system with a global mission to unite the Muslimworld. The Islamic method to establish darul Islam is upon thesystem of unity under an Imaam who decides whom to take thenussrah from and where to make hijrah to. This is all proven by thelife of the prophet (saw). The baya'ah changes the outcome for thenext life as well because it saves from the sins of leaderlessness,disunity and disorganisation of the Muslims’ collective affairs and itleads to all the obligations associated with leadership. Indeed withoutImaamah and unity there is misery, Nu’maan bin Basheer reportedthat Nabi (saw) said “ The Jama’h is a mercy and disunity apunishment ” (AHMAD [4/2784 & 375] IBN ABI AA’SIM [93])and the unified Islamic leadership is a continuous feature of theIslamic way of life, it is reported that U’mar ibn al Khattab said‘ There is no Islam without jama’ah, and there is no jama’ahwithout Imaarah (authority) and there is no Imaarah withoutTa’ah (obedience).’ (daarami).The baya'ah should change your life whether you are a brother or asister, but remember Islam has recognised the strengths andweaknesses of men and women and so it has entrusted them withdifferent roles and a different nature of work. May Allah bless thewomen and men who fulfill the baya'ah in that which was required of them and May Allah guide us all to obey the Imaam and serve theIslamic system for the sake of Allah (swt). There is no bettermotivation for unity upon tawheed and under an Imaam than the factthat the hadeeth said this is loved by Allah (swt), so what better  change in our lives can we have than that? Abu Hurayrah reportedthat Allah loves three things from you, and He is angry withthree things from you. He loves that that you worship Him anddo not associate anything with Him, and that you take hold of therope of Allah altogether, and that you give good counsel to theone to whom Allah gives command over you. He is angry withyou for gossip, squandering property, and asking too manyquestions. (MAALIK [56/20] and similar from MUSLIM [no.4255-4256) For further information contact -    The Department of Da’wah The Imaamah of Abu I’sa ar Rifaa’i  Arabic sitewww.aljamah.comUrdu  
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