بِسۡمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِیۡمِ
ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلى العظيم
The so-called “Islamist” movements and groups, which aim to establish a state or government, oppose the pure Islamic methodology which is that the Believers, individually and collectively, reform themselves and in recompense it is Allah Himself Who shall grant them dominion in the Earth. Allah Most High says:
اِنَّ اللّٰہَ لَا یُغَیِّرُ مَا بِقَوۡمٍ حَتّٰی یُغَیِّرُوۡا مَا بِاَنۡفُسِہِمۡ
Surely, Allah changes not the condition of a people until they change that which is in their souls
The changing of the condition of the qawm or nation, meaning its outer condition, for either better or worse, is the prerogative and act of Allah Himself. In desiring divine favor in that regard, the actions of the people must be focused on an internal transformation. The changing of the condition of the nation for the better is described in detail in Ayat al-Istikhlaf:
وَعَدَ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا مِنۡکُمۡ وَ عَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ لَیَسۡتَخۡلِفَنَّہُمۡ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ کَمَا اسۡتَخۡلَفَ الَّذِیۡنَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِہِمۡ ۪ وَ لَیُمَکِّنَنَّ لَہُمۡ دِیۡنَہُمُ الَّذِی ارۡتَضٰی لَہُمۡ وَ لَیُبَدِّلَنَّہُمۡ مِّنۡۢ بَعۡدِ خَوۡفِہِمۡ اَمۡنًا ؕ یَعۡبُدُوۡنَنِیۡ لَا یُشۡرِکُوۡنَ بِیۡ شَیۡئًا ؕ وَ مَنۡ کَفَرَ بَعۡدَ ذٰلِکَ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الۡفٰسِقُوۡنَ
Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious
The act of Allah granting the Believers succession in the land, establishment of their Religion and peace and safety, as per His promise, is contingent to their having faith, performing good deeds, and worshiping Him alone. And throughout the Quran, the act of granting succession [khilafah] is always directly attributed to Allah Himself (Surah 6:133; 6:165; 7:129; 11:57)
In another passage in the Quran, Allah lays down the terms of His covenant with this Ummah:
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا ہَلۡ اَدُلُّکُمۡ عَلٰی تِجَارَۃٍ تُنۡجِیۡکُمۡ مِّنۡ عَذَابٍ اَلِیۡمٍ
تُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ بِاللّٰہِ وَ رَسُوۡلِہٖ وَ تُجَاہِدُوۡنَ فِیۡ سَبِیۡلِ اللّٰہِ بِاَمۡوَالِکُمۡ وَ اَنۡفُسِکُمۡ ؕ ذٰلِکُمۡ خَیۡرٌ لَّکُمۡ اِنۡ کُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُوۡنَ
یَغۡفِرۡ لَکُمۡ ذُنُوۡبَکُمۡ وَ یُدۡخِلۡکُمۡ جَنّٰتٍ تَجۡرِیۡ مِنۡ تَحۡتِہَا الۡاَنۡہٰرُ وَ مَسٰکِنَ طَیِّبَۃً فِیۡ جَنّٰتِ عَدۡنٍ ؕ ذٰلِکَ الۡفَوۡزُ الۡعَظِیۡمُ
وَ اُخۡرٰی تُحِبُّوۡنَہَا ؕ نَصۡرٌ مِّنَ اللّٰہِ وَ فَتۡحٌ قَرِیۡبٌ ؕ وَ بَشِّرِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ
O ye who believe! shall I point out to you a bargain that will save you from a painful punishment?
That you believe in Allah and His Messenger, and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your persons. That is better for you, if you did but know
He will forgive you your sins, and make you enter the Gardens through which streams flow, and pure and pleasant dwellings in Gardens of Eternity. That is the supreme triumph
And He will bestow another favour which you love: help from Allah and a near victory. So give glad tidings to the believers
In exchange for the Believers believing in Allah and His Apostle and striving in the cause of Allah with their wealth and persons, Allah shall not only grant them eternal salvation in the Afterlife, but also that which they love, namely, divinely aided victory and conquest in this world.
The severe misguidance of the so-called “Islamist” movements and parties is that they want to put the cart before the horse: they seek to establish political dominion and succession in the Earth for the Muslims while bypassing the need for spiritual and moral reform of the Muslims, individually and collectively. They direct their efforts in that sphere which Allah assures us He Himself shall take care of on condition that we spiritually and morally reform our internal condition.
Ironically, it was a former leader of the Ikhwan al-Muslimin (Muslim Brotherhood), one of these foolish “Islamist” organizations which emphasize political activity for the purpose of establishing an Islamic state, who once said:
أقيموا دولة الإسلام فى قلوبكم تُقم لكم على أرضكم
"Establish the state of Islam in your hearts and it shall be established for you in your land"
These words of Hassan al-Hudaybi, murshid al-’am (general guide) of the Muslim Brotherhood from 1951 till his death in 1973, were quoted by the neo-Salafi muhaddith, al-Albani, who described these words as though they were divine revelation from Heaven
كأنها من وحي السماء
(at-Tasfiyah wat-Tarbiyah; p.33):