What has a higher priority: Aqidah (creed) or Islamic government?
Q. What has a higher priority: `Aqidah (creed) or establishment of Islamic Government?
A: The first thing a Muslim has to do is to know the sound `Aqidah and adherence thereto.
Allah (Exalted be He) said: So know (O Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wasallam) that, Laa ilaha illallah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. (Surah Muhammad, 47:19)
Therefore, Allah's messengers (peace be upon them) would start their mission by calling people to the sound `Aqidah, which is worshiping Allah alone, associating no partners with Him.
Allah (Exalted be He) said: And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): 'Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghoot (all false deities)." [Surah Al-Nahl, 16:36]
In fact, Islamic government is a part of the `Aqidah but it is not everything thereof.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee Fatwas > Volume 2: `Aqidah > The saved sect > Learning Tawhid > `Aqidah or Hakimiyyah > Fatwa No. ( 17763 )
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta
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Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz