Failure to obey the Commands of the Leadership

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SHAFAQNA- Islam considers the issue of leadership, also known as `Imamah’ (leadership) and `Wilayah’ (guardianship), as one of the foundations in building the Islamic group, society or state. It also fosters the relationship between the group and its guardian or Imam based on mutual love and loyalty. It commands the Muslims to obey the leader of the group, state or ummah with the condition that he must be suitable and equal to the task, dedicated to the rules and values of the Shari’a and worthy of emulation in the model course of realizing the objectives and expectations of the Islamic group.

Despite all the training and direction that Islam dedicated for inculcating these concepts, the problem of disobeying the qualified leadership and failing to abide by its directions is a palpable phenomenon in the life of the Muslims. The existence of this problem in the Islamic community has no doubt impeded the course, ushered in a condition of fragmenting the fabric standing in the way of achieving its goals.

D- The Problem of Weakness of Stance and Being Influenced by Psychological Warfare and Opposing Publicity: After depending on the Almighty Allah, the foremost pillar of building the community and its strength, both individual and collectively, is self-confidence, having high spirits and having the feeling of power and ability to overcome the enemy, which equipped the Ummah with protection against psychological warfare, thereby, qualifying it for carrying on with the arduous tasks of reform and confronting the enemies.

By the time weakness penetrates the ranks of the community, disenchantment and retraction ensues. This is why the Qur’an attacked this phenomenon and enjoined it to be remedied and gotten rid of. The Holy Qur’an commanded the Muslims in many places and directives to raise their spirits and morale, foster self confidence and create a true picture of the nature of internal forces in the field of struggle.

“And lose your not heart and grieve you not, for you shall gain the upper hand, if you (only) be (ture) believer.” Holy Qur’an (Al-e-Imran 3: 139)

“… If you suffer pain, assuredly they also sufer as you suffer; but you hope from Allah what they hope not;…” Holy Qur’an (Nisa’ 4: 104)

Adapted from: “The Methods Of Propagation and Missionary Work” by: “Sayyid Bahashti”

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