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“Brethren in Islaam…

…if you really consider this Deen as true, then you have no other alternative but to exert yourself with your utmost power to establish this Deen. Either you leave no stone unturned in establishing it or give your life in this effort. This is the touchstone on which can be tested your faith and the truthfulness of your belief. If your belief is genuine, you will not even sleep soundly while living under another system of life not to speak of doing any service to it, and enjoying its fruits while sleeping comfortably. Having firm faith in this Deen, every moment you will spend under another Deen will be like spending time lying on a bed of thorns. Your eating will be like eating poison and the bitterest of fruits, and you will never feel at ease without trying to establish the true Deen. But if you feel at home under any other system of life except that of Allah and you are satisfied with the prevailing condition then you are not a believer in the true sense of term, no matter how heartily you offer Salah after Salah, how much time you spend in meditation, what lengthy edlucidation of the Quran and Hadith you may be giving and what discourses on Islamic Philosophy you may be indulging in. This is the case of those who are satisfied with another Deen! But what am I to say about those hypocrites who render loyal services to another Deen or who do Jihad to usher in some other Deen (such as the Deen of the masses -i.e. democracy)? Death is not very far. When the time will come Allaah will Himself place before them whatever they have earned in the life of this world. If these people consider themselves Muslim, they are in great folly. If they had wisdom, them would have themselves understood that it is a sort of paradox to accept a Deen as true and then, contrary to it, agree to the promulgation of some other system of life or take part in establishing it or make effort to have it set up. Fire and water may exist together but this process can never be congruos with faith in Allaah.
What the Quran says in this connection cannot all be quoted in this address but I cite a few verses here:

Of mankind are some who say: “We believe in Allâh,” but if they are made to suffer for the sake of Allâh, they consider the trial of mankind as Allâh’s punishment; and if victory comes from your Lord, (the hypocrites) will say: “Verily! We were with you (helping you).” Is not Allâh Best Aware of what is in the breast of the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinn). Verily, Allâh knows those who believe, and verily, He knows the hypocrites [Surat Al-‘Ankabuut; ayah 10-11]


وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَقُولُ آمَنَّا بِاللَّهِ فَإِذَا أُوذِيَ فِي اللَّهِ جَعَلَ فِتْنَةَ النَّاسِ كَعَذَابِ اللَّهِ وَلَئِنْ جَاءَ نَصْرٌ مِنْ رَبِّكَ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّا كُنَّا مَعَكُمْ أَوَلَيْسَ اللَّهُ بِأَعْلَمَ بِمَا فِي صُدُورِ الْعَالَمِينَ وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ


Al-Mawdudi Rahimahullah explains that Deen means obedience. In the same chapter he explains: “When you accept subservience to some one and acknowledge him as your ruler, it will be as if you have accepted his Deen. Then he becomes your ruler and you become his subject, his orders and the regulations promulgated by him constitute law and Shari’ah for you. When you submit to him whatever he demands, carry out whatever order he gives, abstain from acts which he forbids, works within the limits which he prescribes for you as proper, and follow his instructions and accept his decisions in matters of your mutual relations, dealings, legal contests and disputes… then this position of yours will be called servitude or ‘Ibaadat.

The point becomes clear from this elucidation that Deen actually is the name of government. Shari’ah is the law of government and ‘Ibadaat is compliance with its laws and regulations. Whomsoever you accept as your ruler and affirm subjection to him, it means you have actually entered his Deen. If that ruler of yours is Allah, it means you have entered Allaah’s Deen; If he is some king, it means you have entered the king’s Deen; If it is some particular nation, then you have entered that nation’s Deen; And if it is your own nation or the commonalty of your country, then you have entered the common people’s Deen. In short, whosoever’s shackles of obedience are around your neck, you are actually within his Deen, and whosoever’s laws you are following, you are actually performing his ‘Ibaadaat.”




From the chapter, The Importance of Jihaad by shaykh Abul A’laa Al Mawdudi, Rahimahullah

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