The Noble Qur'an: An-Nisa 4:144
O you who believe! Take not for 'Auliya' (protectors or helpers or friends) disbelievers instead of believers. Do you wish to offer Allah a manifest proof against yourselves?
this ayat was selected for the dalil..but it occurs to me how he had chosen Auliyah to be translated as leader..as far as it is concerns,Auliyah is taken as friends,protectors,helpers,supporters...not to be mistaken as the friends we all had..this is more like the type of friend where we look for moral support,guidance and protection so it does not always be translated to friends..maybe it could be taken into account when we are selecting our mentor instead...or when selecting guardian when in incidence where your parents passed away or unavailable for some reasons...it is more like a caretaker rather than a leader...this is my opinion on several searches i've done..none return the result as leader..
this definition is further strenghten by this dalil
The Noble Qur'an: At-Taubah 9:71
The believers, men and women, are Auliyâ' (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islâm has forbidden); they perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât) and give the Zakât, and obey Allâh and His Messenger. Allâh will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise.
where it says all men and women(which in this case Muslims) are auliya' of one another...meaning we are friends to each other,protecting each other...or am i wrong? correct me if im wrong..i can't see it as we are leader to each other..doesn't make sense..
coming back to the President's point...he said when taking a non muslim as leader(which i still cant see the relevance when comparing with my current definiton),it is wrong and against the command of Allah...since he translated the dalil using auliyah as leader...but when it occurs to me that auliyah may not be referred to leader,it may be that he is wrong in interpreting the dalil...but i may be wrong too...
as far as what i've learn before,it is compulsory for us to choose a muslim leader for our Ummah..ok...ummah=nation or ummah wahida=one community of muslims..meaning the whole muslim community...if i interpreted this correctly,it is compulsory for us to choose a Muslim leader for a muslim community or muslim nation...a Muslim nation here maybe comprises of a non muslim individuals where like in the Constituition of Medina,they are accepted as part of the nation..part of the ummah...now a leader,i think this means the prime leader or in our case the Prime Minister or President or Sultan or King...
For selecting a minority leader,or member of the community as your representitive,i still think it is legit for a non muslim to be one as long as the leader above him(the supreme leader) is a Muslim...
that's all i guess based on the searches i've done...anyway,on my own opinion,eventhough the prime leader has to be a Muslim,i still think it is relevant for small leader or component of the government or community to be a non muslim....i prefer a hard working non muslim as my YB rather than an alcoholic womanizer muslim...anyway,as for Auliyah as protector,i think it is fit to say that in Malaysia,YDPA is our auliyah...our protecter(army leader),caretaker of the country..