A More Detailed Look at the Qur`anic Principle of Shura (Consultation)

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


In a previous article, it was shown that military dictatorship, though it is unfortunately acceptable to many Muslims, has absolutely no legitimacy in Islam; for, it violates basic Islamic principles, notably the principle of shura or consultation. Now in the present article we look at this lofty Qur'anic principle in greater detail, discussing some of the questions that arise in its practical application. Our discussion will center around the following four basic questions:

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Applying the Qur`anic Principle of Shura in Non-Muslim Countries

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


In another article, we discussed at some length the Qur`anic principle of Shura (Consultation) and its application in a Muslim society. Most of our discussion there was in the context of Muslim countries. We now turn our attention to the question of non-Muslim countries: Are Muslim communities which exist only as small minorities required to run their affairs by Shura and if so how?

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The Islamic Way of Islamization




By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


The general understanding of the way our societies are to be Islamized is that there should arise a strongman with a big stick who should force people into obeying injunctions of Shari'ah. The injunctions that usually come to people's mind are those that prohibit drinking or prescribe certain punishments for theft, adultery, etc. It is because of this understanding that we sometimes welcome dictators, especially when those dictators know how to use Islam.

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Military Dictatorship Has No Place in Islam




By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat



What Islam teaches us about Military Dictatorships

In Islam even the rule of God's religion cannot be imposed by force. In a well-known verse of Surah al-Baqarah it is said:

        "Let there be no compulsion in religion (la ikraha fi ad-din)." (2:256)

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Permissibility of Elections in Islam

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat


It is an extremely serious matter in the sight of God to say that such and such a thing is Islamic or un-Islamic. In order to make such a statement one must be able to present clear evidence from the Qur'an and authentic Hadith, or, at the very least, be able to quote some recognized Muslim authority. Opinions expressed on the basis of hearsay and vague impressions are extremely dangerous both for the Ummah and for the person who expresses them. They are dangerous for the Ummah because unsubstantiated opinions create confusion and misinformation with all the accompanying harm and they are dangerous for the person who expresses them because if he is wrong, then he may be severely punished on the day of judgment for misleading others.

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