|…What the Muslims never learned, and what it took the Europeans 1500 years to learn via the Protestant Reformation/Revolt against Rome was that combining the roles of leader of the nation and high priest is such a volatile mixture it should be not attempted.
In the West it is called the Separation of Church and State, Jefferson’s Wall of Separation, which is something the Jews have known since the generation of the desert.
When Moses the Lawgiver turned over the leadership of the people shortly before his death, he did not choose from his own priestly tribe of Levites. He had already chosen his brother to be the high priest. And in light of the stories of brothers in the Book of Genesis, Aaron was the perfect brother, the perfect older brother who was perfectly not jealous of his kid brother. Aaron was everyone’s favorite uncle…