It is the time of second Caliph. Two highly esteemed personalities are sitting and enjoying their meal together. All of a sudden, a third person enters. Pointing towards one of those, the person speaks sternly, “He is my criminal. I petition for justice.” Out of those two personalities, the one who’s taller than the other, orders the accused austerely, “Stand up, Abu-Hassan!” Abu-Hassan gets red but mutely follows the order straight away. Now the plaintiff is ordered to explicate the case. He expounds his point of view and elaborates the entire matter. Afterwards the accused is also given the time to defend the suit filed against him. The scenario takes the length but soon the chalk is separated from the cheese and the petitioner proves to be in the wrong. The accused is exonerated. And when the petitioner leaves the place, both of the personalities resume their meal and pleasant conversation once again. The tall man asks Abu-Hassan, “Abu-Hassan, when I asked you to stand up, you seemed red with anger. Did you mind what I said? Did you?” Abu-Hassan smiles and replies tenderly, “O caliph, in Arab ‘patronymics’ are used for deference and honour. When the petitioner filed the suit against me, you were supposed to consider me an ‘accused’. So, it was mandatory for you to call me “Ali” (RA) instead of “Abu-Hassan” (RA), my family name. It cast a doubt upon me that calling my patronymic your justice got suspected and enforced the petitioner to think that you were biased towards me.” The tall man, Hazrat Omer (RA), the caliph, gets to his feet and embraces Hazrat Abu-Hassan (RA) with pleasure.
It is Islam, its schooling and its justice, which never bothers whether someone is highly venerated personality or a poor laborer, which doesn’t notice that the accused is not only one of the highest authorities of the state but also the sun-in-law of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and where biggest buildings are not required as the ‘place-of-justice’. What it merely insists on is “unbiased and equitable justice” for everyone and that too without any undue delay. Marvelous!
In my university library, while going through the lives of the great Islamic Caliphs and their time in power, I was astounded that what a simple and balanced system of justice Islam, the religion of peace, has provided for all of us. Inauspiciously, the set up seems to be altered today. We have the same religion, the same basis, the same Quran, the same rules and regulation, but our act, opposite utterly opposite. Everyone is lamenting for justice. What can be more pathetic and worse than it that it’s a state where the “chief” of justice is begging for justice and the “chief” of the army is mounting his security? What a shame!
Judiciary is not the only factor that is on its head today, the very same is the case with our governing system and its organizers as well. The well-regarded Sahaba Karam (RA) (the companion of Holy Prophet PBUH) like Hazrat Omar Farooq (RA) and Hazrat Abu-Baker Siddique (RA), all were reluctant in governing the set up of the state. It doesn’t mean that they were not competent ones. As a matter of fact, they are one of our role models. But they were vigilant that God forbid, if they were found committing any misdemeanor how would they be able face Almighty Allah on the Day of Judgment? They were heartily affirmed that they had to be ‘accountable’ in front Allah and the entire society.
It’s narrated in various books of Islamic history (one of them which I studied is “Hayat-ul-Sahaba” by Maulana Yousuf Kandhailwe RA), when Hazrat Abu-Baker Sadiq RA came across his nomination as the Caliph, he got dejected and remained at his home for a long time. And similarly when Umar Farooq RA was made the chief of Khilafat, he (RA) in his inaugural address said, “After Abu Bakr, the mantle of Khilafat has fallen on my shoulders. I swear it before God that I never coveted this office. I wished that it would have devolved on some other person more worthy than me.”
But today our politicians don’t even bother to think that one day they also will have to be answerable. If we flick through daily papers, our poor Kursi seekers can easily be found running after power and authority. Today, when elections in our country are round the corner and the command of government is about to be given to the elected party, every one of the competitors is busy to blow his own trumpet. Regardless, to the fear (which even the glorious Sahaba like Umar RA, Abu-Bkr RA had in their mind) of being liable they all are dieing for the supreme chair of government.