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    In the World Affairs forum, I am trying to get an understanding on the political setup of the proposed khilafa system. In addition, I think it is equally important to understand, how will a unified khilafat system tackle many thorny religious and islamic issues.

    The biggest of them is the issue of sects. There were no sects amongst muslims during the life of Prophet (SAWW). However, after his passing away, muslims got divided into two major sects. Those who followed the teachings of Islam as conveyed by the companions (called "Ahl-e-Sunnah" or "sunnis") and those who followed the teachings of Islam as conveyed by the family of the Prophet (SAWW) and the imams (called "Ahl-e-Tashaee" or "shias"). Later on, there became many other groups, but sunnis and shias remain the basic sects amongst muslims.

    At present, by a conservative estimate, there are 70% sunni muslims and 25% shia muslims in the world. In some muslim states, shias are in majority and in most other places, sunnis are in majority.

    Q.1 In a unified khilafat system, how will they tackle this issue?

    Q.2 Will the khalifa, if he is a sunni, consider shias as muslims?

    Q.3 Will shias be part of muslim ummah?

    Q.4 Will the shias accept a sunni as a khalifa?

    Q.5 What about the status of qadianis? Many muslims consider them out of bounds of islam, because qadianis do not consider Muhammad (SAWW) as the last prophet.

    Q.6 What about Ismailis and other sects? Will they be considered as muslims?

    Q.7 In almost all rulings of islam, there are differences amongst shia and sunni scholars. Which particular point of view will be enforced by the khilafa system?

    Q.8 Will the muslims of every area, depending on who is in majority, be able to decide which rulings they wish to follow? Means, that muslims in Iran will follow teachings of Imam Jaffer (RA) and those in Indoneshia may follow those of Imam Maalik (RA) and those in Arabian Peninsula may follow those of Imam Shafayee (RA) and those in Pakistan may follow Imam Abu Hanafi (RA). These rulings for most part are not on matters of faith, but about day-to-day matters.

    Q.9 If khilafat system allows all muslims to follow the rulings of their choice, how will it represent a unified front to the world?

    Q.10 Will the khilafat system try to abolish these sects and try to unify muslims under one banner of "Islam"? Can they turn back the clock?

    Q.11 Many muslims believe that in not too distant future, Imam Mehdi (RA) will arrive and will unite muslims and be their khalifa and lead them to triumph against the enemies of Islam. Hazrat Issa (AS) will also reappear and will be part of Imam Mehdi's (RA) forces. During the time of Imam Mehdi (RA) Islam will be again at the peak of its rule. And after the death of Imam Mehdi (RA), and later Hazrat Issa (AS), the downhill slide will again begin, and will continue till the day of judgement. This is a matter of basic belief for many (not all) muslims. How does all that relate to the efforts of few to establish khilafa without the appearance of Imam Mehdi (RA)?