August 15, 2004


Like Sheep without a Shepherd: The Lack of Leadership in Sunni Islam (Dr. J.A. Morrow, Ph.D., 7/25/04, Al-Bawaba)

Be it in Palestine or Egypt, Iraq or Afghanistan, New York City or Madrid, Bali or Casablanca, Karachi or Baghdad, the attacks by Islamic groups are directly linked to the lack of leadership in Sunni Islam.

In Islam, the spiritual chain of command is clear. Muslims are obliged to follow the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the ‘Ulema (scholars). The Holy Qur’an calls upon Muslims to: “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and the holders of authority from among you” (4:59). The “holders of authority” are the religious scholars and not, as has been erroneously interpreted, leaders in general.

The Prophet Muhammad stressed the authority of the ‘Ulema over the Muslim Ummah (public). He said that: “On the Day of Judgment I will take pride in the scholars of my community, for the scholars of my community are like the prophets preceding me.” He also declared that “The scholars are rulers over the people” and that “The scholars are the heirs of the prophets.”

So long as Muslims hold fast to the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the ‘Ulema, the guardians of the sacred sciences, they are sure not to stray. The Prophet Muhammad warned that in later days “the worst of the people would become its leader.” While this applies to despots and dictators, it applies equally to unqualified upstarts who assume the leadership of the Islamic movement.

Which would all matter less if they'd just render unto Caesar.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2004 8:34 AM

Whachya wanna bet THAT hadith was concocted by a scholar?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at August 15, 2004 1:34 PM

I have just read the theological jusification for the "Good German" defense.

Far be it from any mere human to think for themselves.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at August 15, 2004 5:02 PM

They have leadership. Its just that most of what the "leaders" say would curl your intestines.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 16, 2004 12:59 AM