Power and Opposition to It: Islamic Perspective

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(2000)

Islam gives full recognition to two basic realities of human existence: 1) Exercise of some authority or power by some individuals over others is necessary to create and maintain order and progress in the society (4:59, 43:32)[1]. 2) It is easy for power to get corrupted and become a source of injustice, oppression, and stagnation (6:123, 20:24, 27:34, 33:67, 34:34, 43:23-24 etc). In what follows I briefly outline in broad terms the way Islam deals with these two realities, concentrating mostly on the theory derived from Islam’s primary source – the Qur`an.

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Recent Defeat of Communism and Its Meaning for Muslims

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1990)

As everybody knows, for the most part the present world is run by three systems:

   1. capitalist /socialist democratic secularism,

   2. totalitarianism, atheistic communism, and

   3. dictatorship.

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Secularism and How to Deal with it

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1985)

Secularism is an ideology which either denies that there is a God, prophethood and revelation or declares that the role of these is limited to the personal and inner life of man and that in the political or social sphere of human life, God, prophethood or revelation cannot by their very nature play any fundamental role. Even a cursory glance through the Qur`an and Hadith is enough to show everyone that this ideology conflicts with the very mind and heart of Islam. Yet in all parts of the Muslim world many "Muslims" are consciously or unconsciously accepting this un-Islamic ideology. There even exist political movements that have either established or are trying to establish secularist systems of government in various Muslim countries: Kemalists in Turkey, Baathists in the Arab world, Mujahideen-e-Khalq in Iran, some groups affiliated with the People`s Party in Pakistan.

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Some Views on Dictators

 

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1985)

Recently Pakistan's Chief martial Law Administrator General Muhammad Zia ul-Haqq [Note that this article was written in 1985, but we see that we again have an un-Islamic dictatorship in Pakistan] held a referendum in order to, legitimize his rule for another five years. And of course, the General won the referendum. Never in history has a dictator held a referendum without winning it by a most handsome margin.

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The Sad Story of Turkish Secularism

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1985; Revised December 2002)

Secularism won its first and greatest victory in the Muslim world on Oct. 29, 1923, when in Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk came to power and systematically proceeded with his program of secularizing that remarkable Islamic country.

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