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What are the practical steps to take or what activism is necessary to Establish an Islamic leadership on the lines of the first few leaders of Islamic Ummah namely Muhammad pbuh, AbuBakr RA, Umar RA, Ali RA, Hasan RA, Hussain RA ...? Are some organizations already doing it ? if yes who are they?

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I would say Imams are the only possible credible leaders, because they have to pass a scholarly exam to show their competence to interpret the Islamic texts. Otherwise you'll end up with the blind leading the blind. –  Larry Harson Jan 27 '13 at 19:41

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Muslims need to adhere to Islam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXSOGCFaVfQ

In Muslim countries, democracy is a big thing preventing caliphate. Also sometimes there are big non-Muslim populations which the Muslims want to keep happy etc.

If all Muslims suddenly adhered strictly to Islam there wouldn't be much problem making a caliphate inshaAllah.

But then...

Prophethood will remain with you for as long as Allah wills it to remain, then Allah will raise it up wherever he wills to raise it up. Afterwards, there will be a Caliphate that follows the guidance of Prophethood remaining with you for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then, He will raise it up whenever He wills to raise it up. Afterwards, there will be a reign of violently oppressive rule and it will remain with you for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then, there will be a reign of tyrannical rule and it will remain for as long as Allah wills it to remain. Then, Allah will raise it up whenever He wills to raise it up. Then, there will be a Caliphate that follows the guidance of Prophethood. — As-Silsilah As-Sahihah, vol. 1, no. 5

(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliphate)

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It is seems impossible that all muslims would adhere to Islam, it dod not even happen in golden age, nor during the early caliphate –  Islam Jan 26 '13 at 4:54
what i asked is what are practical steps to take , and who is already taking it @user926 –  Islam Jan 26 '13 at 6:59
@Ali exactly! the thing is, even if not every single muslim becomes righteous, we still can have golden age. If you want practical steps, then... inshaAllah if people become righteous they will automatically be doing those practical steps. For example, Muslim children would study hard and improve military technology, Muslim rulers would combine the countries, Muslim adults would change the education systems and give up haram economies etc. –  user926 Mar 10 '13 at 10:25

Establishment of the Caliphate is something that every Muslim dreams of especially when we contrast the inequities of the present times against the Golden Age of Islam and the justice that prevailed then.

From my own experience there are two camps that advocate two radically different approaches based on where they are ideologically grounded: while one camp says that we will get Caliphate only when we all become righteous, each and every one of us; the other camp takes an active approach of using democratic means to establish a "Caliphate," though it is doubtful if they will ever succeed in this endeavor. In Islam, the end -- no matter how noble -- will never justify the means.

We have to bear in mind that it is an impossible eventuality that the entire ummah will suddenly become righteous. This just isn't possible, and forwarding arguments like "we will get the Caliphate when the Masajids are as full during Fajr salaah as they are during Jumu'ah" are both self-defeating and discouraging.

On the other hand, neither is it advocated that we use the methodology of first trying to gain power, by whatever means like elections and so forth, and then bring about the Caliphate through an "Islamic revolution" that precedes it (if at all using such radical terms is even proper in the case of Islam). Both these mindsets may not be correct.

Rather, you will always there is a core group of people who first reform themselves and then carry on the task of Amr bil Maroof wa Nahi Anil Munkar, that is, reformation of other Muslims in general. These same people will eventually form the core of the future Islamic leadership, when it does come about by Allah's Will.

Secondly, we have to realize that we humans devise our own plans and Allah has His Own Plans, and His Plans supersede all other plans. So the best bet is that, even if we do not do direct dawah or otherwise do any kind of reformative work like calling people to good and preventing them from evil, we should always assist those who are doing this noble task, either morally or financially, so that they are free to carry on their work without any hindrances.

Insha Allah, when the time is ripe and Allah wills that the Caliphate be established, Allah will give the mantle of Caliph to whom He wills.

We do our work to the best of our abilities and Allah will Will what He plans to Will and none can force Him.

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It has been already established, and it's divinely ordained. You'll just have to look around you. One of the proofs is this verse 55:33

يَا مَعْشَرَ‌ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَن تَنفُذُوا مِنْ أَقْطَارِ‌ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْ‌ضِ فَانفُذُوا ۚ لَا تَنفُذُونَ إِلَّا بِسُلْطَانٍ ﴿٣٣﴾

[55:33] Sahih International O company of jinn and mankind, if you are able to pass beyond the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass. You will not pass except by authority [from Allah].

tell me who has conquered the skies and the heavens and i'll tell you who has divine authority to rule the humans.

additional side note: what we need to revisit is the understanding of the meaning to be a muslim, what constitutes a civilization to be qualified as an islamic civilization if the currently rulling the world isn't "islamic" as conventionally undestood, perhaps we need to revisit the understanding of the conventional wisdom as it does not reflect the factual and authorized circumstances..

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Allah swt is ruler of Sky and Heaven, so now tell me! @johan.i.zahri –  Islam Jan 26 '13 at 4:47
This is an obvious insight that Allah swt has the authority over all but this reply as an answer to this question seems amazing to me thanks! +1 for that –  Islam Jan 26 '13 at 4:58
-1 I dont get your answer, is it even on topic? –  muslim1 Jan 26 '13 at 14:30
Establishing a caliphate requires an authorization from Allah SWT, analogously it would be rational to ask for proof of authenticity for the authority claimed. 14:10 is an example of how the disbelievers requires a proof that the prophets are authentic, it talks about sulthon/authority. Here the Quran as a body of high authority to the mu'mins legalizes the authority demonstrated by the west on the world, by taking the fact that the west is relatively in control of the skies. And Allah SWT will give authority to whom ever He wills (59:6). –  johan.i.zahri Jan 26 '13 at 15:48
The previous caliphate died because inherently from their legal system is a system that crushes freedom of expression, and forces everyone to adhere to their belief system. A system like that only deserves a fate that of the teenager that Alkhidr disposed of (18:80). Because that is not the system that Allah SWT wants, as Allah SWT wants us to come to Him in peace willingly rather than be forced(2:208, 2:256). And many messengers have warned the caliphate, but the caliphate turned away and some were killed and some were cast away. So Allah SWT also turned away to other communities(11:57). –  johan.i.zahri Jan 26 '13 at 16:02

The main problem with a caliphate is that one person needs to be in charge and that is never going to happen. Ideally it would be under the Ottomans but they have little interest and no Sunni will ever agree with a Shia so the first thing to happen would be an internal civil war. Islam as a force is dead. It doesn't even make any of it's own weapons.

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