Which has a higher priority: `Aqeedah (creed) or Islaamic government?

Question 432: What has a higher priority: `Aqeedah (creed) or Haakimiyyah (Islaamic government)?

Answer: The first thing a Muslim has to do is to know the sound `Aqeedah and adhere thereto. Allah (Exalted be He) says: So know (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) that, Laa ilaahaa illaallaah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. Therefore, Allaah’s Messengers (peace be upon them) would start their mission by calling people to the sound `Aqeedah, which is worshipping Allaah Alone, associating no partners with Him. Allaah (Exalted be He) says... read more here.