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Stakes of Politics in Islamic Governance
It is because the inherent need for power to uphold Allah's injuctions that politics becomes part and parcel of Islam. Power is one of the stakes of politics; but politics is not indulged because it can reward power, rather the duty to realize Allahu Akbar (Allah the Greatest) necessitated the field to be ventured into.
Muhammad s.a.w. was naturally the political leader of the Muslim ummah, and in this sense he was succeeded by the four caliphs and then by the muluks. When Islam trode on politics as a tool in achieving its goals, other stakes of politics began to roll in; it certainly won world respect and rectitude. Wealth was bountiful and civilization exaltation rocketed at an unprecedented pace. All these led to further political development of Islam.
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