"O People of Iman! Do not take as a bosom friend those (the kuffaar) besides yourselves (i.e. the Mu’mineen). They (the Kuffaar) yearn for that which distresses you. Most Certainly, Hatred (for you) has fumed forth from thier mouths, but that (hatred) which their hearts conceal is worse. Verily, We have clearly explained for you the signs (of their hatred and plots), if indeed you (O Believers!) employ your intelligence."
(Qur’aan, Aal-e-Imraan, Aayat 118)
From the bitter tongue lodged in a malicious mouth, a senior US army general, Mr. Gerry Boykin, gorged out the hatred for Islam and Muslims which generally is embedded in the hearts of the kuffaar in terms of the explicit declaration of the Qur’aan Majeed. Constrained to vomit out from his heart the malice, hatred, daggers and scorpions for Islam, Boykin alleged that:
The Christian god is bigger than Allah (Azza Wa Jal).
Allah, The Mighty, The Powerful, The Creator and Sustainer of entire creation is "a false idol".
President Bush was chosen by God.
"Investigative reporters from the Los Angeles Times and NBC television have dug up two years worth of seemingly incendiary comments from Lt-Gen William Gerry Boykin, the newly promoted under-secretary of defence for intelligence."
"In January, Gen Boykin told a Baptist church in Florida about a prized victory over a Muslim warlord in Somalia, who had boasted that Allah would protect him from American capture. ‘I knew my god was bigger than his. I knew my god was a real god and his was an idol,’ Gen. Boykin said."
(Weekend Post 18th October 2003)
There is absolutely no surprise in these malicious utterances of the representative of Mr.Bush and the kuffaar in general. There is also nothing shocking in the partial exposure of the malicious contents lurking and embedded in the bosoms of the kuffaar. And, why should there be any surprise and shock when we remember and understand that the Qur’aan Majeed clearly and loudly declares the malice for Islam and Muslims which the hearts of the kuffaar conceal. Occasionally this malice overflows and reaches boiling point. Then an extra tot or two of liquor erode the restraint of even senior kuffaar governmental officers who are schooled to display diplomacy and ‘adroitness’ to avoid a furore and the feeble, barely audible protests which some Muslims may make, and which may create some easily surmountable impediment in the kufr alliances which they have forged with the Munaafiq political and governmental leaders who are today in sway in the lands of Islam.
There is no doubt in the fact that whatever hatred Mr.Boykin has poured out from his mouth for Islam, Allah Ta’ala and the Muslimeen, is the official attitude of this man’s seniors, whether they are in America, Britain or Europe or Africa. Muslims should always remember and understand:
"AL-KUFRU MILLATUN WAAHIDATUN."
That is: Kufr is one single breed regardless of its persuasion, colour, nationality and geographic location.
In a stupid attempt which will appease and befool only modernists and munaafiqeen lurking in the Ummah, Donald Rumsfeld of America tried ‘dexterously and adroitly to defend his junior, Mr.Boykin. His hollow comments, appearing hereunder, only further bolsters the Qur’aanic declaration of the hatred embedded in their hearts for Allah Ta’ala and Islam:
"At a routine Pentagon press conference this week, Mr.Rumsfeld was asked his opinion of a recent appearance by Gen. Boykin, when he stated that radical Islamists hate the US ‘because we’re a Christian nation’. A distracted Mr.Rumsfeld noted that he had not seen the context of those remarks. He hailed the general’s ‘outstanding record’ and said his comments were made ‘in his private capacity’. However, Mr. Rumsfeld was also careful to cite Mr.Bush’s injunction against viewing Islam as an enemy."
(Weekend Post 18th October 2003)
Whatever Boykin blurted out or stated calculatingly in his private sessions with Christian groups, is shared equally by Bush, Blaire and the whole miserable lot of Allah’s enemies. However, the hatred and the plots embedded in their hearts have to be concealed and allowed to smoulder within their breasts on account of some political expediency which dictates the political directions and sets the stage for international political scenarios.
The primary motive for restraint as is apparent in the aforementioned ‘injunction’ of Mr.Bush, is their weakness and inability, despite the ‘superpower’ designation, to go it alone against even impoverished, emaciated and practically impotent ‘third world’ countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan to launch its cowardly and ulterior motivated strikes against these two impoverished lands, America was in dire need of an alliance of half the world to support it militarily, economically, morally, geographically and strategically. America never was an empire nor will it ever be one. In fact, it is in an advanced stage of decline on all fronts and in all spheres. This is evidenced by the fact that the USA goes with cap in hand to Europe and Muslim countries begging for billions of dollars of aid to assist it in its piracy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Alliance which is imperative for America’s survival and without which it could never have so brutally invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, includes a large segment of the Muslim World. The misfortune of evil kufr governments which are a reflection of the moral bankruptcy and evil of the present –day Ummah, has ensured that the munaafiq political leaders succeed in placing the greater part of the Lands of Islam securely in the camp of the western kuffaar. This then is the political expediency which compels Mr.Bush and Mr.Blaire and others of the same ilk to conceal ‘what is worse’ in their hearts.
Although political expediency constrained Mr.Rumsfeld to cite the ‘injunction’ of Mr.Bush, his hatred for Islam and the Ummah, which bred and fosters the concealed malice in the hearts, cannot permit him to denounce or even dissociate from Boykin who had mouthed a small part of the hatred within their breasts. It is for this reason that Rumsfeld speaks of "private capacity".
If Mr.Musharraf of Pakistan should, for example say: "Bush is a Debaucher" or "America is the Aggressor", and a Pakistani governmental official claims that Musharraf was speaking in his ‘private capacity’, will these comments be tolerable to Mr.Bush, Rumsfeld and the like?
The truth is that there is no such thing as "private capacity". The whole miserable lot is concealing their hatred in their hearts, and in their ‘private’ gatherings they open up the valves to allow some of the malicious steam to escape.
"Verily, hatred has fumed forth from their mouths
but that which their breasts conceal is worse."
In the Aayat of Al-Baghdaa’ (Hatred) in which Allah Ta’ala informs us of the deep seated malice which the kuffaar in general harbour within their bosoms for the Ummah, Muslims are warned against bosom-friendship with the kuffaar. Let us now rationally examine in the light of the Qur’aan, the following statement of Boykin and all those whom he represents and whose views and feelings he has aired, albeit in a so-called ‘private capacity’: "Radical Islamists hate the US because we’re a Christian nation."
While the venom which Boykin has spat out from his heart is not at all surprising nor shocking, his low level of intelligence is most surprising in view of the fact that he holds a very senior position in the Conspiratorial Axis of the Shayaateen. It would be expected that the Chief of this Axis would at least have appointed a man who had some understanding of the people with whom he dealt.
Intellectually speaking, logically and rationally the claim that Muslims hate the US because it happens to be a Christian country is blatantly false. No enemy of Islam can substantiate this allegation rationally. Suicide bombings are not any evidence for the claim of Boykin and his ilk. Fighting the US in Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere else is not proof for the claim. Even the stupid public marches and demonstrations in the streets and ignorant westernized Muslims shouting anti-US slogans and hurling puerile epithets which are basically childish stratagems of ridicule, are not valid grounds for the malicious claim that Muslims hate the US because it happens to be a Christian country. Such emotional talk can deceive only the stupid kuffaar masses.
In refutation of this utterly false claim made by Boykin, we present the following rational and irrefutable facts to which the Qur’aan, history and all unbiased honest men, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, testify:
(1) The Qur’aan singles out the Yahood (Jews) and Nasaaraa (Christians) from among the rest of the unbelieving people of the world and places them on a better level of hope, hence it (the Qur’aan) proclaims them as the Ahl-e-Kitaab (The People of the Book—the Tauraah and Injeel). While all other unbelievers are referred to as being Mushrikeen and Kaafireen, the Jews and Christians are mentioned with the title of respect and honour, viz., Ahl-e-Kitaab not withstanding the fact that in the technical terminology of Islam, they too are Mushrikeen and Kaafireen. Leaving no doubt in this regard, the Qur’aan occasionally does clarify the issue of the People of the Book being polytheists and unbelievers. They are polytheists because they believe in a plurality of gods. The Christians believe in three gods — so much for Boykin’s claim of his god and the imagined ‘idol’ of Islam. The Jews believe in Nabi Uzair (alayhis salaam) being the son of Allah. Both groups deny the Final Rasool of Allah Ta’ala, hence they are among the Kaafiroon. But this does not go to say that Islam has commanded Muslims to hate Christians. Undoubtedly, Muslims hate and are duti-bound to hate their kufr and their falsehood. Islam does not offer any apology for proclaiming that only Islam is the true religion, and all religions besides Islam are false and will lead their adherents into Jahannum. The Qur’aan Majeed declares:
"Verily, the Deen by Allah is only Islam."
"Whoever searches for a religion other than Islam,
never will it be accepted from him."
Any Muslim who cannot come to terms with this Qur’aanic Declaration and seeks to appease the kuffaar with some queer and baseless interpretation can make his exit from Islam. He may join the ranks and enter into the bosoms of those whom it woos.
(2) The Qur’aan allows Muslim males to marry the women of the Ahl-e-Kitaab. Lest ignorant Muslims misunderstand — as they do in this day — this Qur’aanic permission to mean encouragement and exhortation to marry women of the Ahl-e-Kitaab, it is necessary to clarify that there is a difference between validity, permissibility and exhortation. While such inter-marriage is valid and permissible, it is far from encouraged due to the accompanying evil consequences and danger to Imaan. This is not the occasion to elaborate the issue. Insha’Allah, and if He bestows the Taufeeq to us, we shall address this question in a special treatise.
Suffice here to say that if Islam propagated hatred for Christians, marriage to their women would not have been accepted as valid. Marriage to the women of all other religions besides the Religion of the Book, is not valid.
Intelligence does not conceive of permissibility of marriage with those against whom hatred is directed. The demands of hatred are something else, not love and marriage, and according to the Qur’aan, the foundation for the durability and perpetuation of marriage is mutual love.
(3) The Qur’aan permits Muslims to consume the slaughtered meat of Jews and Christians provided that the slaughter of the animals has been effected correctly in accordance with the original rites of the Kitaab (Tauraah). If the slaughtering is incorrect, then just as incorrectly slaughtered meat of Muslims will be haraam, so too will such meat of the Ahl-e-Kitaab be haraam.
If Islam propagated hatred for Christians, the meat of their correctly slaughtered animals would not have been proclaimed halaal for Muslims. In this matter too the Qur’aan differentiates between the Ahl-e-Kitaab kaafireen and the rest of the unbelievers.
(4) During the initial era of Islam when the persecution of the Mushrikeen exceeded all bounds, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered the Muslims to migrate to Ethopia, a Christian country where the emperor accepted them with open arms. Inspite of Ethopia being a Christian country with a Christian king, the relationship was extremely friendly.
(5) The Qur’aan commands Muslims to refrain from befriending all kuffaar in general. But it never teaches hatred for them. While the Qur’aan mentions the hatred of the kuffaar for Muslims, it does not order us to reciprocate with malice.
(6) Islam’s mission of Da’wat and Tableegh (propagating the Deen) is directed to all mankind —to all non-Muslims. If Islam propagated hatred for Christians, they would have been excluded from this mission, the ultimate aim of which is salvation for mankind in the Hereafter. A religion which teaches hatred for others cannot be propagated to them. The hatred will constitute an effective barrier for acceptance of the propagated religion.
The plot of Shaitaan is to prevent non-Muslims from accepting Islam to their everlasting benefit and salvation. In the furtherance of this plot, Shaitaan uses men to implant in the minds of the unwary and ignorant masses that Muslims hate Christians, etc. Innumerable Christians and other non-Muslims have embraced Islam and are still doing so. Why does this imagined hatred not prevent them from entering this Fold of Salvation which Islam presents?
(7) Besides the US there are dozens of Christian countries. Why is the ‘hatred’ directed solely to the U.S.A., and not to other Christian countries? We urge Boykin and his superiors to ponder. .
(8) Why is the ‘hatred’ of the "Islamic Radicals" directed to Israel as well? Israel is not a Christian country? If Boykin will respond by stating that the hatred is common for both Christians and Jews, we shall answer that the factor of kufr is common in all non-Muslims of whatever persuasion they may be. But inspite of this common factor, the "Islamic Radicals" are not venting their hatred in any direction other than the US and Israel. Why do they display this attitude of selective ‘hatred’ when their Holy Scripture, the Qur’aan, has a harsher attitude for the kuffaar other than those of the Ahl-e-Kitaab?
(9) If the hatred for the US was based on the fact that it is a Christian country, then to a greater degree would there be hatred for the countries of communism. The godless and atheistic ideology of communism is more repugnant to Islam and Muslims than the kufr of the Ahl-e-Kitaab.
(10) In the struggle to oust the communist infidels from Afghanistan, these very same "Islamic Radicals" — Osama Bin Ladin and his imagined Al-Qaidah — were in an alliance with the USA. For fifteen years, this selfsame Christian USA schooled and trained these very same ‘radicals’ in the art of ‘terrorism’ to achieve the American aim of ousting the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. At that stage what was the position of the ‘hatred’ of the ‘Islamic Radicals’? Against whom was it directed? US or Russia? And was Russia a Christian country?
(11) Are the "Islamic Radicals" in Chechniya fighting Russian brutality and murder because Russia is a Christian country? Mr.Boykin should reflect and answer. The Chechens have been fighting the communist aggression for ages, not because the aggressors happened to be Christians, for they are not.
The conflagration and confrontation between the US and the "Islamic Radicals" in the present time is far from a Deeni (religious) struggle. on both sides of the spectrum are political agendas. Political expediencies are steering the conflict. The plot of the US is to grab the wealth of the third world countries in general, and in particular the oil wealth of the Muslim lands. on the other hand, the aim of the "Islamic Radicals" is to oust the US Usurper and fight its aggression.
In this scenario Islamic slogans are used to churn up fervour and to attract young and unacquainted Muslims into the fight against US oppression with the bait of Martyrdom. Most young Muslim men and the ordinary footsoldiers are blissfully unaware of the forces controlling the conflagration from behind the scenes. So while they offer their lives with sincerity, they do not understand that the goal of the directors of the operation are not truly Islamic nor do their acts conform to the Islamic Concept and way of Jihaad — the Jihaad which the Sahaabah waged to open up the Road for Da’wah and Tableegh and to subdue and conquer the lands of the kuffaar for the sake of their own (i.e. the non-Muslims) everlasting success and salvation in the Hereafter.
In the name of Islam, wars with political, nafsaani, nationalistic and territorial designs are being fought. on the other side, we find the US unleashing its oppression and technological brutality in the name of some imagined "new world order of justice". But in this pursuit there is nothing but misery, injustice and brutality. We have merely touched on this subject. A lengthy discussion is necessary to elaborate this issue.
Boykin has portrayed his stark ignorance of the most fundamental and primary doctrine of Islam —the belief in Tauheed (Monotheism). There is no religion with such an uncompromising attitude and conception of the Unity of the one, Unseen, Eternal, All-Mighty, All-Wise Creator, Allah Azza Wa Jal. Even non-Muslims who lack indepth knowledge of Islam are aware of Islam's uncompromising stand on this doctrine. So rigid is Islam’s doctrine of the Unity of Allah Ta’ala, that even pictures of human beings and animals are branded as the introductory measures of polytheism. In addition to Boykin demonstrating his crass ignorance of Islam, his vile remark of Islam’s God being an ’idol’ is unforgivable.
The utter drivel gorged out by Boykin besides displaying his ignorance of Islam is motivated by the ‘hatred for Muslims’ mentioned in the Qur’aanic aayat quoted at the beginning of this discussion. His blasphemous claim of idolatry hurled against Islam fits aptly his own idolatrous religion of Trinity, images and Crosses.
His statement that his ‘god’ is more powerful than Allah, is further evidence for the backwardness of his thinking. The Qur’aan states with dignity that the God of the Ahl-e-Kitaab and the God of Islam, is the one, Same Allah Azza Wa Jal. We advise this general who is given to malice and puerility to study some very basic books about Islam to rectify the mental aberration from which he obviously suffers.
The capture of the Somali warlord, whether the capture is a fact or a figment of Boykin’s mind, is not proof for the correctness of his religion and beliefs. Furthermore, whether the warlord had made the statement which Boykin attributes to him is questionable. Even if the Somali warlord had, in fact, made the alleged claim, his capture is not a yardstick by means of which Islam and Allah Azza Wa Jal could be judged. It is ludicrous to believe that Islam is ‘false’ and that Allah is an ‘idol’ because a Somali warlord was captured. While Muslims, undoubtedly believe that Boykin’s religion is false, they do not measure the falsity on the basis of America’s defeat and pull-out from Somalia, or the USA’s humiliating defeat in Vietnam, or its humiliating flight from Lebanon when a couple hundred marines were eliminated by the "Islamic Radicals".
Nor do Muslims believe Boykin’s religion to be false on the basis of America’s present suffering and woes in Iraq and Afghanistan where the US is bogged down in a quagmire that is claiming American lives on a daily basis and where the anarchy is incremental . Although Boykin speaks as if the US has scored a victory, this is far from the truth and reality.
The US has gained no decisive and clear-cut victory, whether in Iraq or Afghanistan. By the day its headaches and misery are increasing while it is sinking deeper into the mess of the mire which it has created for itself. But while we claim that his religion is false, we do not cite the predicament and defeat of the US in Iraq and elsewhere as the grounds for our belief. For our claim there is rational and religious evidence.
It is important to understand that while Muslims say that all religions besides Islam are false, they do not claim, for example, that the God of the Muslims is ‘bigger’ and ‘more powerful’ than the God of the Christians or the God of the Hindus. Such ridiculous and childish claims are put forth by those who happen to be low in intelligence. It is the belief of Muslims that there is only one Omnipotent Creator Whom we call Allah. He is the Creator of all people and of entire creation. However, those like Boykin who cannot conceive of the Concept of Tauheed (The Unity of God) due to their mental stagnation in the mire of crass materialism, make comparisons of a Being about Whom comparison cannever be made, hence he can blabber and blurt like a child that "my god is bigger than your god:.
The falsity of other religions is claimed on the basis of the Qur’aan, the teachings of the Rasool and historical facts, not the temporary vacillation, and ups and downs of worldly warfare. We are living in a material world in which there are material and worldly ways and means, causes and effects. We are not in Paradise. This world is the arena for the conflict between Haqq (Truth) and Baatil (Falsehood). It is the Divine Way and Scheme to allow the pendulum of Haqq and Baatil to swing between the extremities of victory and defeat, success and failure. For every swing in the opposite direction there is a definite cause, and the cause of Muslim defeat is their gross transgression and rebellion against Allah Ta’ala.
The current spasm of setbacks, failures, humiliation and defeats with which the Ummah is convulsing is not the product of the false claim that Islam’s God is ‘false’. The predicament of the Ummah is the consequence of moral and spiritual treason which Muslims are perpetrating against Allah Ta’ala. Since they no longer adhere to the true and original Islam of the Sahaabah, they are denied Divine Aid. Since Muslims have adopted westernism as their new culture, Allah Ta’ala has imposed western political domination on us. This is the secret of the humiliation of the Ummah in this age.
"GOD PUT BUSH IN CHARGE" —— BOYKIN
The US general, Boykin, commenting on Mr.Bush said: "Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? He’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this."
We are in agreement with Mr.Boykin in this claim. We too believe what the general has claimed regarding Mr.Bush. Our Qur’aan compels us to believe in the truth of this claim and so does our intelligence. In this regard the Qur’aan declares:
"It is You (O Allah!) Who grants power (to rule) to whomever You will,
and it is You Who snatches away power from whomever You will."
"The earth belongs to only Allah. He bestows it
to whomever He pleases among His servants."
Rulers and governments are installed and removed by only Allah Ta’ala. Just as Allah Ta’ala allows Shaitaan a free reign to operate and spread his mischief, so too does Allah Ta’ala permit the kuffaar to rule and create anarchy and strife here on earth. And, everything has a cause and is subject to the Wisdom and Command of Allah Ta’ala.
Undoubtedly, Allah Ta’ala has installed Mr.Bush in the White House just as He has intalled shaitaan as the king of evil on earth. one of the reasons for his installation is to punish Muslims for their disobedience. This sort of punishment is similar to the Divine Punishment which is unleashed in the form of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and California type furnaces, etc. which leave havoc and destruction in their path. So too is it with Mr.Bush. Undoubtedly, according to the Qur’aan, the US oppressors and torturers are manifestations of Allah’s punishment on Muslims—and Muslims have no alternative but to accept this Qur’aanic fact.
The evidence for this claim is the Qur’aan Itself. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
"And, when the first of the two (Divine) Commands arrived, then We (Allah) sent against you (Bani Israaeel) Our (kuffaar) servants who were powerful in warfare. Then they penetrated the homes (of the Muslims —Bani Israaeel). And, this was a Promise decreed…."
"And, when the other (the second) Command arrived, they (the kuffaar) disfigured your faces and entered the Musjid (Musjidul Aqsaa) as they had entered it the first time (defiling it), and so that they (the kuffaar) may utterly destroy whatever they overran."
(Surah Bani Israaeel)
The Qur’aanic reference here is to the defeat and humiliation of the Muslims of the time at the hands of the kuffaar such as Nebuchanezzar. Just as Allah Ta’ala had snatched away political power and control from the Muslims of the bygone ages, i.e. before the advent of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), so too has He snatched away power from us in this age. Just as Allah Ta’ala had given control of Musjidul Aqsaa to the kuffaar in the past, so too has He done in this age. The cause for our defeat and humiliation has always been the same —gross disobedience and treason against Allah Ta’ala.
Although Mr.Bush has been placed in the White House by God as Mr.Boykin claimed and as we too believe, it should be remembered that it is also God Who has put Shaitaan in power and it is God Who allows him to operate with impunity in his mission of mischief and evil. In exactly the same way it is God Who is temporarily allowing Mr.Bush, Mr.Boykin and the others of their ilk the present leeway to commit aggression, oppression and torture.
But this freedom to behave with impunity in brutalizing people should not be viewed with comfort by Mr.Boykin because the reign of oppressors is always short. They are dispatched by Allah Ta’ala to inflict some punishment on Muslims, but their own doom has already been decreed. The impending doom of the US is quite transparent from the quagmires it has become entrapped in. Inspite of believing itself to be a ‘superpower’ or the only ‘superpower’ and the ‘power’ to control the destiny of the world, it cries out like a child for aid and support from third world countries.
The facts on the saga of American wars and invasions proclaim loudly the weakness of this ‘superpower’. The US was impotent to invade Iraq during the so-called Gulf War without the active, moral and material support of 50 other countries. In its invasion of Afghanistan, the US was dependent on alliances, not only with third world countries, but with war lords and ‘bandits’ who were knitted into what has been termed the ‘Northern Alliance’. Without these desert wanderers, the US could never have made any gains against the Talibaan nor could they have secured any position for its soldiers who are today living in barracks and camps in Afghanistan.
Furthermore, without Mr.Musharraf’s co-operation the US would not have achieved even the minimal, fragmentary and brittle success which it advertises so vociferously and flamboyantly to the world.
Inspite of its huge military presence in Afghanistan, the greater part of the country is forbidden territory for America’s invaders. In fact, the American-puppet government does not control even the city of Kandhar as is apparent from news reports which indicate on going attacks against American forces.
The situation is worse for the US in Iraq where fear and death strike daily. Undoubtedly, Allah Ta’ala has put Bush in the White House, and Allah Ta’ala has brought the US to Iraq and Afghanistan to punish Muslims. But since, after all, only Muslims are the true Believers who proclaim the Tauheed of Allah Azza Wa Jal, He is not allowing the invaders any peace.
Inspite of the abject weakness of the Muslims, the invaders cannot sleep in peace. The entire region has become a land of fear for them. There will be no decisive victory for the US. As for the Muslims — as long as they do not return to Islam and as long as they do not shrug off the yoke of western culture, they will remain in a state of humiliation and degradation. Neither will the oppressed have peace nor the oppressors. There will never be a "new world order" of peace as Bush imagines. The anarchy will only increase. Bush and Boykin will remain only as long as Allah Ta’ala desires the punishment to continue for the disobedient Ummah of Islam.
THE QUR’AAN’S MESSAGE
The Qur’aan Majeed has the following message for the Ummah:
"Verily, Allah has all the power to aid them (the Muslimeen)……. And, Allah aids those who aid Him (i.e. support and follow His Deen). (Those who aid His Deen) are those who, when We grant them power (to rule) on earth, they establish Salaat, they establish Zakaat and they command righteousness and prohibit evil. And the ultimate end of all affairs is for Allah (to decide)." (Surah Hajj)