Riyasat-e-Madina and Current Governance

Published: 06:47 PM, 21 Jan, 2022
Riyasat-e-Madina and Current Governance
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Equality in Riasat-e-Madina meant that every individual was equal in his basic rights, dignity, and duties, and above all, the justice system was free, fair, impartial, and unbiased. The state was responsible for providing basic education, health care facilities, and employability to every citizen. It was also the prime responsibility of the state to provide freedom of thoughts, keeping in view the ethical values, and free of slandering. The state was also conscious of dismantling religious discrimination. Even in the centuries old tribal system, it secretly refused the notion of classifying people into rich and poor, masters and slaves, aristocrats, commoners and feudal lords. As a result, peace and self-respect prevailed.

Allah All Mighty’s attributes (sifats) such as Al Salaam’o (the substantive of peace and saver from all distress), Al Bare’o (the creator and nourisher), Al Razaq’o (the sustainer and provider), Al Fattah’o (who opens the solutions of all problems and eliminates), Al Hakeem’o (The judge, provider of rights to deserving), Al Adeel’o (the just), Al Moqsit’o (the equitable, the just), and Al Mughnee’o (the enricher, the supplier of needs to others), and countless others had illuminated the entire society and state functionaries.

The simple reason of these blessings was that the rulers and the elite class were aware of the simple fact that he (All Mighty Allah) is Al Malik’o (the alone sovereign lord), Al Mohaymin’o (he who watches over everyone, every moment) Al Qahhar’o (one who has control over all things) Al-Moizz’o (he who gives honour, dignity, and loftiness), Ash Shaheed’o (the witness, the omnipresent).

When Abu Baker Saddique (RA) was elected, he made the most memorable and moving speech in the history of the Muslim era. He began praising and glorifying Allah the All Mighty and said “O people I have been indeed appointed over you, though, I am not the best among you. If I do well then help me and if I do wrongly then correct me. Truthfulness is synonymous with fulfilling the trust and lying tantamount to treachery. The weak among you is deemed strong by me, until I return to them which is rightfully theirs InshAllah”.

He also talked about Jihad and quoted a Hadith in which on a question of Jihad the Holy Prophet (SAW) replied: “The supreme of Jihad is that in which one struggles against the basic desires of one’s own self (Nafs-e-Amara) and make one’s self clean of all impurities for the sake of Allah Subhana Taala. The final stage of Jihad is to confront the forces of Kufar and shirk under the command of a Muslim ruler on a spiritual level”.

Abu Baker Sadique (RA) also pointed out the fallibility of all rulers; from his time onwards, he made it clear, every leader was susceptible to making mistakes since the era of the Prophets infallibility and divine revelation had just come to an end.

The honorable Caliphs had understood the Holy Quran and had got the teachings from Khatam-un-Nabeyun the messenger of the creator (of all that exists) Hazarat Muhammad (SAW) and spent their lives in letter and spirit of those blessed teachings. They knew that Allah says (Q-49-13) “O mankind we have created you out of one male and female and made you into people and tribes, so that you may get to know each other. The most noble amongst you in Allah’s views is the most God fearing”. Allah says “Believers are but brothers” (Q-49-10). Allah further says (Q-5-8) “O you who believe stand out firmly for Allah and be just witness, and let not enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just, that is nearer to piety and fear Allah. Verily Allah is well acquainted with what you do”. People were curious to know what constituted pride. The Holy Prophet (SAW) definition was “ignoring the truth and denying people their rights”.

I would now like to draw an analogy between the then Riasat-e-Madina and the present Riasat-e-Madina in making.

The preamble of our constitution guides the rulers to exercise their authority as per the limits prescribed by Allah Al Mighty. Contrary to the constitution and the limits provided by God the Al-Mighty, the rulers think that they have earned their position and power through their own intelligence, knowledge, efforts, and skills. They do not realize that the power they possess is a gift from Almighty Allah and if misused, he is Al Muzzill’o (he who humiliates the disobedient and proud) and he is also Al Montaqim’o (the avenger who punishes the wrongdoers). Allah commands (Q-26)

•             Shall I inform you (O people) upon whom the shaitan (devils) descends (V.221)

•             They descend of every lying, sinful person (V.222)

Allah further elaborates (Q-68)

•             A slanderer going about the calumnies (II)

•             Hinderer of the good, transgressors, malefactors

Allah further warns (Q-105)

•             Woe unto every slandering, traducer (backbiters)

It is narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) that Allah’s holy messenger said “beware of suspicions for suspicion is the first of false tales, and do not look for others faults, and do not spy on one another’s faults and do not spy on one another and do not practice najish (pride, conceit, boasting, arrogance, haughtiness) and do not be jealous of one another and do not desert (stop talking to) one another. And O Allah’s worshippers: be brothers (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol: 8-Hadith-92). Professor of philosophy at Princeton, Henry Frankfurt, must have read these verses and wrote the famous book on bullshit.

I have tried to explain the likes and dislikes of our creator Allah (ST). In Riasat-e-Madina only that which Allah liked could prevail, be nourished and exercised. But unfortunately, Maaz Allah, our Riasat-e-Madina is being managed, governed, and practiced on the basis of all the dislikes of Allah (SWT).

Our rulers, civil and military, establishment, bureaucrats, the justice system, our pseudo-intellectuals, wealthy people, thinkers, doctors, religious scholars, media persons, journalists, all follow the same pattern as Allah (SW) defined in (Q:26-68-105) as a result of which the entire society has become directionless and opportunists. Ethical values have vanished and unethical values prevail. Lying and cheating have become the norms of our society.

I, as a senior citizen, feel, with great sorrow and distress that under the prevailing economically worst and trying circumstances our PM Imran khan does not hesitate to talk about Riaset-e-Madina. What a great dishonesty, which amounts to undermining the most feared and Holy Era of our Muslim history. The word Riasat-e-Madina has become a catchphrase to befool himself and the entire nation. I sincerely request him to please stop using this phrase and save himself from this sinful utterance. As Allah (SWT) Commands (Q-61-2-3) Oh ye who believe: Why say ye that what you do not do. It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that ye say which you do not do.

I wonder about his daringness that while speaking of the holy Khalifa’s achievements he tries to equate himself with these blessed and holy personalities who are far more superior to us and our entire selves are not worthy of unki paoon ki dhool.

If you want to improve your good governance, you need to get rid of a group of Zamir Farosh (lotas) who are of courteous character and Machiavellian nature, and instead, have a team of people of good repute. Failure is otherwise your future.

Your media management policy is also not clear. Control on media has resulted in:

1.            Unnecessary debate inside and outside of superior courts in the shape of media analysis regarding appointments, extensions, terminations etc. of people placed in sensitive positions.   These should be handled with dignity and confidentiality. I recently read that a certain individual has been convicted for five years in jail for writing about such issues. The poor gentleman might have come under the influence of media talks and TV shows. This is not justice. I pray for his mercy, and petition to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the honourable chief of Army staff to re-visit this issue.

2.            Misleading information of the dharna situation.

Mr. Prime Minister, this is not a criticism. It is a reality check that you should use to try to improve the living qualities of us aziz hum watnou.

Categories : Opinion
Javed Rehman Rajput

The author is a retired officer and resides in Islamabad.