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4. CALIPHATE CONTENTIONS: It is permitted to have multiple Caliphs or rulers and multiple Islamic states

BY DR. REZA PANKHURST
This article has been reproduced from Prophetic Politics.

Generally speaking, the contemporary argument that it is permitted to have more than one ruler for Muslims is not textually based but derived from the thinking that the paradigm of the nation-state is the only pragmatic way to do politics today. The inability to imagine another form of state, or to envision a unified Muslim state, may then lead to the sincere individual seeking justification from Islam for submission to the current geo-political status quo, hence the relevance of this contention.

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Islamic Inheritance vs Freedom of Ownership

A fundamental principle of western civilisation is the freedom to own and dispose of wealth. This means in relation to inheritance that if a man has ten daughters and one son, he can disinherit all his daughters and leave his wealth to his son. He can favour siblings or relatives or friends as he deems fit, and even leave the entirety of his estate to the family dog! Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany left approximately $106 million to her dog in 1992 and she is not alone. The richest dogs in the world can be seen here.

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Islamic Inheritance: Clarifying the Misconceptions

BY ABU NAJAR ASH-SHAMI. REPRODUCED FROM KHILAFAH.COM

فَلِلذَّكَرِ مِثۡلُ حَظِّ ٱلۡأُنثَيَيۡنِ

“for the male, what is equal to the share of two females” [Surah an-Nisa’a 4:11]

There are verses in the Book of Allah which the secularists and enemies of Islam are itching to abolish if they could. Malicious people always direct their arrows of slander and falsehood toward Islam through these verses, and the most prominent of these is the saying of Allah (swt), يُوصِيكُمُ ٱللَّهُ فِيٓ أَوۡلَٰدِكُمۡۖ لِلذَّكَرِ مِثۡلُ حَظِّ ٱلۡأُنثَيَيۡنِ “Allah instructs you concerning your children: for the male, what is equal to the share of two females.” [Surah an-Nisa’a 4:11]

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