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The Reality of the Shura

June 27th, 2017
Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaami
حقيقة الشورى في الإسلام
Najeeb Al Anjelesi

Sheikh Muhammad Amaan Al Jaami said,

Thus the reality of the shura is the voicing of an opinion to the consulted person due to a request or without a request, and it is not binding (to follow) by agreement (of some scholars).

He also said,

Indeed we find in a verse in Ali Imraan that what indicates that the shura is not obligatory, on the contrary it's permissible for the Muslim ruler to shun shura and to make a (independent) decision in a matter - at times - being totally reliant upon Allah alone. Allah said addressing the trustworthy Messenger ﷺ

{Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly Allah loves those who put their trust in Him} [159]

Thus the verse is straightforward concerning the Muslim ruler if he decides to implement an affair due to it being clear without any obscurity therein, or if the occasion is one that demands strictness and determination due to its gravity, and he has absolute conviction that that is suitable for the Islamic community. Therefore upon him is to make a decision in the matter alone with resolve and firmness, being reliant upon Allah, and dependent upon Him with regards to the means of success without any consultation, rather without accepting the statement of the adviser if he presents his opinion and advice without request from the Muslim ruler.

He also said,

From the mistakes of the (secular) educated is some of them's explanation of shura being western style democracy, or western style parliament, or people's council and or assembly, i.e., blunders built upon ignorance.