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Government which paves the way for the Reappearance of Imam Mahdi (as)

In the name of Allah, the unblemished One Who bestows safety to the believers. The One with majesty and greatness, May Allah bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad, the most pure and chaste of the creatures and exalt them with the most exalted of the blessings.

"One who dies while expecting the government of Al-Qaim is like one who is in the presence of al-Qaim." (Imam Jaafer as-Sadiq (a))

The Holy Quran clearly predicts the final victory of the forces of righteous, peace and justice over those of evil, oppression and tyranny, of the world-wide spread of Islam, the complete and all-round establishment of high human values, the formation of a utopian and an ideal society at the hands of the representative of God. Surely, the land is Allah\'s; He gives it for an inheritance to whom He wills, from His servants and the future shall be for the pious and devote servants. (Holy Quran, Sura Aaraaf, verse 128).

This paper presents a study on the concept how we could achieve the preferred political, social and cultural conditions to establish a fair and just global government in preparation for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (af).

History has shown that man is incapable of electing the right people to leadership. Islam itself makes it necessary for its believers to live within the framework of an Islamic order. Some of their religious obligations can only be fully realized within a political state where the leadership and structure of government are divinely ordained. The Islamic government is an extension of the authority of the Prophet (s) and holy Imams (as) because it works for social justice and welfare of the people which is the main purpose of divine laws and decree.

The invaluable guidance from Imam Ali (a) as collected in the Nahj ul Balaghah is a reliable source for a jurist at helm of any government to explore political fiqh and draw strategies so as to overcome the problems concerning human rights, internal policy, international relationships, and economics, military and political sociology.

The famous epistle in the Nahj ul Balaghah, letter 53 from Imam Ali (a) to Malik al-Ashtar al-Nakh'i his just Governor of Egypt is still the greatest set of administrative commands on human freedom and rights. Dated from 662AD/37 Hijri this 7th century historical charter written by Imam Ali deserves to be called the constitution of Islamic policy.

It is based on the Holy Quran and the principles of Islam and is a basic guide to administration covering almost all its essential aspects - the advisory, the services, judiciary, revenues, and clerical establishment.

Every article of this constitution serves as a custodian of common interests and protector of collective society. Its enforcement has no touch of selfishness or any degree of self-interest. It contains such basic principles of the fulfillment of our obligations to Allah, the protection of human rights without distinction of religion or community, the care of the destitute and the poor and the provision of support to the down-trodden and helpless.

It provides full guidance for the propagation of rights and justice, establishment of peace and security and the prosperity and well-being of the people. It presents discreet ways of dealing with the different classes of society, the poor, business, industrial, farmers and sectors engaged in agriculture. This provides direction not only for men of position but it is also a desirable code of conduct for anyone engaged in people management and is a handy guide in dealing with various administrative situations.

The nature and structure of the first Islamic state to exist in modern history, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is based on the political doctrine of Imam Khomeini (ra) and those who advocate the idea of wilayat al-faqih (guardianship of the jurisconsult). This is the formation of a government on the basis of the guardianship of the faqih (jurisconsult) during the occultation of the awaited Imam al Mahdi (af).

The guardianship (wilayah) is absolutely indivisible and should be vested in the wali-amr. The notion of jurists consulting and working with the people responsible for selecting experts in various scientific and technical fields to governorship is expected to be more successful in achieving Islamic unity at political, intellectual and emotional levels.

However the authorization of the extent of the Wali e Faqih and its dimensions has not so far been fully explored in any government because the conditions have not been conducive as yet.

My study examines how effectively this concept can be further enhanced and replicated to encourage similar robust systems globally to bring about the renaissance to establish the Will of Allah, the last of Allah's representatives to mankind, Imam Mahdi (af) on earth. "It is He who has sent His messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to make it prevail over every other religion. However much the disbelievers may dislike it." (Holy Quran Sura al-Tawbah 9:33 and Sura As-Saff 61:9).

Adapted from the book: "Humanitarian rights in the time of appearance of the Mahdi (Pbuh) or world promised Saviour" by: "islamshia-w.com"

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