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Article 60: Examination of governors and their actions

The Constitution of the Caliphate State, Article 60: The Khalifah must examine the actions of the governors and continually assess their performance strictly. He must deputise people to monitor their situations, investigate them, and periodically gather all or some of them, and listen to the complaints of the subjects regarding them.

It is confirmed that the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم used to test the governors when he appointed them as he did with Mu’adh and Abu Musa, and explained to them how they should proceed as he did with Amr b. Hazm in his message famous amongst the people of knowledge as mentioned by Ibn ’Asakir in Tarikh Damascus and Al-Hafiz said in Al-Isaba

«... واسـتعمل النبي  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم عمرو بن حزم على نجـران ... »

“…and the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم appointed Amr Bin Hazam over Najran…” and it is reported from him that the message he  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم wrote to him was regarding the obligations and blood money and other issues, as narrated by Abu Dawud and Al-Nasa’i, Ibn Hibban and Al-Darimi and others.

Likewise he  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم would make them aware of some important issues as he did with Abaan Bin Said when he appointed him over Bahrain as has been mentioned in Al-Tabaqatof Ibn Sa’d from Al-Waqidi when it was said to him

«اسْـتَـوْصِ بَعَـبْـدِ قَـيْسٍ خَيْراً، وَأَكْرِمْ سَرَاتَهِمْ»

“Take good care of ’Abd Qays and honour their leaders”. In the same way, it is confirmed that he  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم used to account the governors, investigate their circumstances and listen to what was narrated to him regarding their news. He  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم also used to account the governors over the taxation and expenditures; it is narrated by Abu Hamid Al-Sa’idi

«اسْـتَعْمَلَ النَّبِيُّ  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم رَجُلاً مِنْ بَنِي أَسْدٍ يُقَالُ لَهُ ابْنُ اللُّتَبِيَّةِ عَلَى صَـدَقَـةٍ فَلَمَّا قَـدِمَ قَـالَ هَـذَا لَكُمْ وَهَـذَا أُهْدِيَ لِي فَقَامَ النَّبِيُّ  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم عَلَى الْمِنْـبَرِ قَالَ سُفْيَانُ أَيْضًا فَصَعِدَ الْمِنْـبَرَ فَحَمِدَ اللَّهَ وَأَثْنَى عَلَيْهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ مَا بَالُ الْعَامِلِ نَـبْـعَـثُـهُ فَيَأْتِي يَقُولُ هَذَا لَكَ وَهَذَا لِي فَهَلاَّ جَلَسَ فِي بَيْتِ أَبِيهِ وَأُمِّهِ فَيَـنْـظُـرُ أَيُهْدَى لَهُ أَمْ لاَ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لاَ يَأْتِي بِشَيْءٍ إِلاَّ جَاءَ بِهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يَحْمِلُهُ عَلَى رَقَـبَـتِـهِ إِنْ كَانَ بَعِيرًا لَهُ رُغَاءٌ أَوْ بَقَرَةً لَهَا خُوَارٌ أَوْ شَاةً تَيْعَرُ ثُمَّ رَفَعَ يَدَيْهِ حَتَّى رَأَيْنَا عُفْرَتَيْ إِبْطَيْهِ أَلاَ هَلْ بَلَّغْتُ ثَلاَثاً»

The Prophet  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم employed a man from the tribe of Al-Azd named Ibn Lutbiyyah as collector of Zakat. When the employee returned (with the collections) he said: " O Prophet  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ! This is for you and this is mine because it was presented to me as gift." Messenger of Allah  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم rose to the pulpit and praised Allah and extolled Him. Then he said, "I employ a man to do a job and he comes and says: 'This is for you and this has been presented to me as gift'? Why did he not remain in the house of his father or the house of his mother and see whether gifts will be given to him or not? By Allah in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, if any one of you took anything wrongfully, he will bring it on the Day of Resurrection, carrying it on (his back), I will not recognize anyone of you, on the Day of Resurrection with a grunting camel, or a bellowing cow, or a bleating ewe." Then he raised his hands till we could see the whiteness of his armpits. Then he said thrice, ''O Allah ! have I conveyed (Your Commandments(agreed upon narration).

Umar (ra) used to be severe in his monitoring of the governors and appointed Muhammad Bin Maslamah (ra) to examine their circumstances and investigate them. He would gather the governors in the pilgrimage season in order to look into what they had done, listen to the complaints of the subjects regarding them and to remind them of the affairs of the governorship and establish their circumstances. It is narrated from Umar (ra) that one day he said to those around him

"أرأيتم إذا استعملت عليكم خير من أعلم ثم أمرته بالعدل، أكنت قضيت الذي علي قالوا: نعم، قال: لا، حتى أنظر في عمله، أعمل بما أمرته به أم لا"

“Do you think if I appointed over you the best whom I know, and then commanded him to be just, that have I completed what was upon me?” They replied, yes. He said “No, until I looked into his actions – did he act according to what I commanded him to or not” (reported from Al-Bayhaqi in Al-Sunan and Al-Shi’ab from Tawus).Umar (ra) used to strictly account his governors and ’Ummal, and his severity in accounting them would lead to him sometimes removing one of them due to a doubt for which there was no definite evidence and he used to remove them due to suspicion which did not reach the level of doubt. He was once asked about that and so said

"هان شيء أصلح به قوماً أن أبدلهم أميراً مكان أمير"

“The simplest thing I do to make things right for people is to relplce a leader (Amir) they have by another” (reported by Abu Shabah in Al-Tarikh Al-Madinah, and by Ibn Sa’d in Al-Tabaqat from Al-Hasan).

However, even with his strictness over them he used to allow them freedom of conduct, would protect their standing in government, listen to them and be attentive to their proofs. If the proof convinced him, he would not hide his conviction of it and his praise of the ’Amil. One day, it reached him that his ’Amil over Hims, ’Umayr b. Sa’d, said while upon the pulpit,

"لا يزال الإسلام منيعاً ما اشـتـد السلطان. وليسـت شـدة السلطان قتلاً بالسـيـف أو ضرباً بالسوط، ولكن قضاءً بالحق وأخذاً بالعدل"

“Islam will remain strong as long as the authority is rigorously strong. But strength in authority is not killking by sword or striking by whip, but it is judging according to Truth and applying justice” as mentioned by Ibn Sa’d in Al-Tabaqat from Said b. Suwayd. So Umar (ra) said regarding him,

"وددت لو أن لي رجلاً مثل عمير بن سعد أستعين به على أعمال المسلمين"

“I wish I had a man like ’Umayr Bin Sa’d who I could rely upon in Muslims’ matters”.

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Article 131: Private property consisting five means:

Article 131: Private property consisting of liquid and fixed assets is restricted to the following five Shari’ah means: Work Inheritance The need of wealth for the sake of living Donation from the wealth of the State to its subjects Funds taken by individuals without any effort or purchase more
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Article 19: Conditions of ruler

Article 19: It is not permitted for anyone to be in charge of ruling or any action considered to be from the ruling unless they are male, free, adult, sane, just, capable of carrying out the responsibility, and it is not permitted for anyone other than a Muslim. more
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Article 53: Preconditions of governor and ’Ummal

Article 53: The Khalifah appoints the governors. The ’Ummal (workers) are appointed by the Khalifah and by the governors if they have been delegated that power. The preconditions of the governor and ’Ummal are the same as the conditions for the assistants, so it is imperative that they are free, just, Muslim, adult men and are from the people who have the capability to do what they are assigned… more
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Article 132: Spending and investment of property restricted by the Shari’ah

Article 132: The disposal of property is restricted by the permission of the Legislator (swt), for both of spending and investment. Squandering, extravagance and miserliness are all forbidden. Capitalist companies, co-operatives and any other type of transactions which contradict the Shari’ah are forbidden. Interest, fraud, monopolies, gambling and anything similar are all forbidden. more
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Article 191: Participation in organizations

Article 191: The State is forbidden to belong to any organisation which is based on anything other than Islam or which applies non-Islamic rules. This includes international organisations like the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and regional organisations like the Arab League. more
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Article 42: The Delegated assistant

Article 42: The Khalifah appoints a delegated assistant or more for himself, who carry the responsibilities of ruling. So he delegates to them the management of affairs, where they conduct them according to their opinion and Ijtihad. On the death of the Khalifah, the role of his assistants ends, and they do not continue in their work except for the period of the temporary leader. more
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Article 148: State budget

Article 148: The budget of the State has permanent chapters determined by Shari’ah rules. As for the sections of the budget, the amounts allocated for each section, and the issues of each sectioncovered by these amounts are left to the opinion of the Khalifah and his Ijtihad. more

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