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Democracy and Islaam

"Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking." - Clement Atlee

Some modernists now claim that the Islaamic government should in fact be a democratic government. It should, they claim, give the people the freedom to do what they please. Now this may sound nice and good. But what is democracy? Democracy is basically a belief that whatever the majority sees as good then it is good, and whatever the majority sees as bad then it is bad. When alcohol was prohibited in the US in 1920, people didn't like it and the government didn't heavily enforce the law so it was subsequently removed. In Islaam, if a ruler declares alcohol to be allowed he will automatically turn a Kaafir because to knowingly allow what Allaah has forbidden or forbid what Allaah has allowed is to imply that you know better than Allaah and this is clear disbelief.

Democracy as is defined and understood has no place in Islaam. The allowed and the prohibited are not decided by the majority nor by the rulers; they are decided by Allaah. Modern day elections where Islaam is put next to communism and other ideologies and people choose which to rule the country has no place in an Islaamic government. The Shooraa is the council that discusses the issues of the country and the government. It is not, as some people claim, "democracy."

Another aspect of this ideology of democracy is that people should not be questioned as to what they do as long as they don't hurt other people. This, again, is not Islaamically acceptable. If somebody drinks alcohol in an Islaamic country then he/she is bound to be punished. If two people commit fornication or adultery then they are to be punished. They are not left alone just because they are "consenting adults." Muslims are a nation that should enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil as Allaah (subhaanhu wa ta'aalaa) stated in the Qur'aan:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ

"You are the best of nations raised for humankind; you enjoin what is good, forbid what is evil and believe in Allaah."*


* Surah Aali-'Imraan, verse 110