Mehmet Gormez: “Every believer is responsible for the Khilafah”
Former head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Mehmet Gormez visited the weekly conference of the Center of economic and social researches. Speaking at the conference, Gormez noted that the Holy Quran has many ayats narrating about creation of humans. “The Holy Quran has numerous ayats about creation of a man. However, we can understand four purposes of the creation from these ayats: ibadat, amanat, Khilafah, imarat (providing amenities); “for implementation of ibadat we need sincerity and loyalty; for the Khilafah we need justice; for amanat we need Khilafah; and for imarat we need jihad and ijtihad. We can learn about how to implement all this from the life of our prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him)”, Gormez said. According to the ex-Mufti, it is wrong to understand the word ibadat as only serving. “Ibadat is a style of living; it allows people to live being aware of their Creator. Ibadat is a man’s regulation of his life according to orders of Allah. Only worship is not enough”, he added. Gormez also underlined that the Khilafah is one of the most important tasks of Muslims. According to Gormez, the Khilafah makes responsible Muslims for the whole world! Every believer is responsible for the Khilafah. This duty is not related to Muslims desire to rule the whole humanity. This responsibility is related to the task to deliver the goodness of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) to every corner of the world. The task of the Khilafah is to deliver the blessing of Islam to the whole world. Muhammad’s Ummah is responsible for the whole world!”, Mehmet Gormez stated.