Time to question the bases!!!!
Dr. Shahid has again done a wonderfull job by initiating a very good discussion about the system of Democracy and Judicial system in pakistan. I would like to present one of the strongest viwe of Islam about Democracy as being an alian concept to Islam and following is the detail explantion of that;
The word under question is the noun 'Democracy'. The ancient Greek word Demokratia is derived from combining two common words together:
1. Demos which means 'the people' or 'populace'
2. Kratos which means 'to rule' or 'power' or “strength' however in modern day Greek Kratos is referred to as the 'state'. Demokratia literally means 'the people rule' or 'people power' or in a modern sense 'government of the people' and even 'power to the state'.
When the two words are combined together to make democracy, which is a relatively new term dating back to 1576 when it was first used, it renders a singular message 'power of the people' based upon this fundamental meaning there is no country in the world that gives absolute power to the people (polity) that is why democracy is termed as an abstract form of polity. Due to the theoretical absoluteness of polity (whereby every law and decision are put to a vote) and practicalities encountered there have evolved a number of modifications and types of democracies e.g. direct democracy, representative democracy, parliamentary democracy, presidential democracy, statists democracy, participatory democracy, consensus democracy etc. Ironically all the 'modern' states (from illegitimate Israel to India) seem to declare to the idea of democracy whereas in actuality they conflict heavily.
All these denominations have one common factor and that is human beings are vested the right of making laws, deciding for themselves (individually or collectively) what is acceptable and what is abhorred. Abraham Lincoln a former leader of the U.S.A summed up democracy as the 'government of the people by the people for the people'. In other words the people hold the right of sovereignty and more specifically the ability to legislate (i.e. make laws).
Today this evil concept (democracy and its mutations) is being advocated as a champion and a guaranteed remedy for a prosperous world order, society and life. Furthermore all international organisations, conventions, charters and western governments claim to be following these ideals and see it as a universal cloak that all nation states have to wear. However, anyone who opposes it (democracy) stands against the advancement of a civilised world and is deemed to be an enemy for future success. Unfortunately many Muslims have also fallen into this trap of jumping onto the bandwagon by calling for democracy with or without understanding its severe consequences. Interestingly democracy and dictatorship are two sides of the same coin, democracy being the civilised face of a dictatorship.
The Greek idolaters believed that the god ruling earth was democracy (collective will of humans) and the god that ruled in the heavens was called Zeus (the Roman equivalent was named Jupiter or Jove). The Christians went one step further and tried to prove it (secularism & democracy) from their distorted scriptures by saying Render unto Caesar what is Caesars and render unto God what is Gods (theo-democracy).
A practical but realistic demonstration of manmade laws is illustrated chronologically in the table below. The timeline shows the absurdity and farcical nature of the homosexuality laws in England. The goal posts have gradually shifted from one end of the spectrum (criminal) all the way to the other end (norm).
YEAR LEGAL STATUS REWARD/PUNISHMENT
1290 Illegal Buried alive
1300 Illegal Burned alive
1533 Illegal Hanging until dead
1885 Illegal Maximum 2 years in prison
1967 Legalised Only for 2 men over 21 in private
1994 Legal Age of consent reduced from 21 to 18
1998 Illegal Failed to promote gay education in schools
2001 Legal Age of consent reduced from 18 to 16
2003 Legal Government proposes legal gay marriages
The formula for the Muslims is easy and simple to follow:
Verily the absolute right of legislating is for none but Allah [ 6:57]
The judgement or order of Allah cannot be annulled or set aside. His judgement is ultimate and His order is final. Allah decides what is good and bad, and what is true or false and nobody else.
Allah(swt)'s Laws v Manmade Laws
We can take lessons from a real life example from the time of Muhammad (saw) where the pagans of Mecca tried to entertain a so-called 'Democratic' solution with the last and final prophet Muhammad . As we know some of the pagans had denounced the call of Islamic monotheism (Tawheed) and they were looking for ways in which they could stop this divine call. After weighing up various possibilities from giving money to assassinating Muhammad they decided to lay down an offer that was acceptable to both parties. Ibn Ishaaq reported that Ibn Abbas reports that the bourgeoiuse of Quraish went to Muhammad and put forward a solution whereby the people would worship your lord for one year and the following year the people would worship their idols [Tafsir Qurtubi]. Once having completed the second year the people would then gather to decide which of the two systems they preferred over them and they would rule according to what the people were in favour of. Muhammad listened to what the pagans had to offer and he did not say anything, we are informed in the Quran by Allah
Nor does he speak (aught) of (his own) desire [ 53:3]
The above incident gave cause for a famous chapter of the Quran to be revealed, Surah Al-Kafiroon, Muhammad recited the chapter to the mystic heathens, it responded to the pagans request explicitly:
Say: Oh disbelievers!
I Do not worship what you worship.
Nor do you worship what I worship.
I shall never worship what you worship.
Nor will you ever worship what I worship.
To you belongs your way of life and to me my way of life. [ 109: 1-6]
The above verses were straight to the point, Islam did not except manmade laws as the arbitrator for any dispute, no matter how small or big the problem is.
Majority versus Minority
The promoters of democracy and their sympathisers like to bank on the formula that the majority vote overrules all the other views. So if 100 people sat down to decide if paedophilia was regarded as an acceptable act or not and 80 of them voted yes the other 20 votes would be discarded and paedophilia would be legalised. Allah gives a fitting answer to the majoritists.
Yet most of mankind do not believe [ 40:59]
In Islam no one could even entertain such questions because the very notion of trying to work out what is good and what is bad is to go against the commandments of Allah(swt).Allah(swt) in the Qur'an dispraises and condemns the majority who do not follow His commands. He warns us of being trapped or impressed by the opinion of the majority.
The good and the evil (which have been decided by Allah) are not alike even if the evil looks like the good and is followed by the majority. So fear Allah, Oh you that understand; so that you may prosper. [ 5:100]
In another chapter of the Quran Allah says:
If you obeyed most of those on earth they would mislead you far from Allah's way. They follow not but an opinion, and they do but guess. [ 6:116]
Packaging the Falsehood as Truth
Mustapha Al-Shakah said 'it is not an exaggeration to say Islam is the father of all democracy' [Islam Bil Mazhab (Islam Without Schools) p38].
Muhammad Iqbal the famous poet from the Indian sub-continent stated 'spiritual democracy is the ultimate aim of Islam' [Reconstruction p180].
The apostate Colonel Gadaffi (Libyan leader) tried to use slang and broken Arabic to prove that democracy originated from the Arabic script.
Demo - stay
Ala - over
Cracy - chairs
He tried to say people sit over the chairs and have a vote on what to do or not to do. It was a futile attempt to convince Muslims that Allah(swt) is not the one who defines for us what is right and what is wrong.
The only Deen (Belief, Sayings and Actions) Allah accepts (from the believers) is what is based upon Islam [ 3:19]
Reforming the Islamic Definitions
Many pernicious government preachers of modern times have made statements from their cloisters that democracy and Islam are compatible. These enemies of Islam have tried hard to misguide people using Islamic terminologies i.e. Al-Shura (consultation) to dupe them into believing Islam and democracy come from the same family tree. Hasan Al-Sirkawi said 'The first thing that correct democracy is based on and that fulfils Allah saying' and he quotes the verse and who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation [ 42:38] [Democracy In Islam p224]
Sayed Sabiq quotes Abraham Lincoln who said 'the rule by the people for the people is a symbol of democracy which the whole world cries for' and Sayid Sabiq goes on to add 'and in Islam Al-Shura (consultation) is the brain and seed of democracy and its root. The Muslims were the first people ever to say the people are the source of legislation.whatever Abraham Lincoln said is exactly what Islam says' [Al-Nasr Al- Quwa Fil Islam (The Pillar of Power in Islam) p199].
When one studies the two concepts superficially it is quite apparent that Al-Shura is a restricted mutual consultation process whereas democracy purports to the idea that the people are sovereign and their will is transferred into law via a legislature. Both concepts are poles apart. The only similarity that the two have in common is that they both rely on voting and selection procedures. The Islamic legitimacy of Al-Shura is based on the following two verses:
And those who answer the call of their Lord and establish prayer, and who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation, and who spend of what we have bestowed upon them [ 42:38]
so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness and consult them in affairs (of the moment) then, when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah [ 3:159]
However the applicability of Al-Shura is restricted to areas of permissibility only. Islamically permissible (Al-Mubah) is defined as:
'The address of the legislator related to the actions of individuals, whereby they are given the option to do something or not to do something'.
This is an area in which Al-Shura can be sought and the opinion of the majority in matters of permissibility can be turned into law. For example, in an Islamic state (Al- Khilafah) the community has the right to propose or object to a place where an airport or library should be built. A more rudimentary example would be a group of people deciding on what type of hot drink to have, coffee or tea. In essence both of these drinks fall into the Islamic category of being permissible to drink but the choice is up to you.
We are indeed living in an era where any practicing Muslim who adheres to the Quran, Sunnah based upon the understanding of the pious predecessors (Salaf-ul- Salih) of the first three generations (Sahabah, Tabieen, Tabi Tabieen) is referred to as an anomaly. This is not something unknown to us, in fact this was prophesised. Jabir reported that our noble prophet Muhammad said Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being something (as it began). So Toobah (is a tree in paradise) for the strangers (Ghurabaa) the companions asked and who are they (strangers) Oh messenger of Allah? Muhammad said 'they are those who rectify and make corrections when the people have become corrupted [Tabarani Majma'-ul-Zawaa'id].'
One of the characteristics of the strangers is that they are commanding and implementing what is good and right (obligatory) and forbidding and eradicating what is bad and wrong (prohibited) (Al-Amr bil Ma'roof wa Nahi Al-Munkar). A noble manifestation of this duty is to reject manmade laws (democracy) and strive for the implementation of the laws of Allah (Al-Tawheed Al-Haakimiyyah Al-Tashriyyah) so that they dominate the entire universe (Izhaar-ul-Deen).
Muhammad said Allah showed me the East of the East and the West of the West of the world I saw that the authority of my Ummah had reached both (whole world) [Musnad Ahmad]
If a word goes against the Islamic teachings then it is categorically prohibited (Al-Mahzoor) to be propagated as something Islamic or connected to Islam in any format. Islam is not here for the sake of compromise, it is the truth (Haq) and the truth can never be cloned, erased, diluted down or polluted with other erroneous (Baatil) thoughts.
Nay, we hurl the truth against falsehood and it knocks out its brain, and behold falsehood does perish [ 21:18]
Allah legislates and no one has the right to change his commandments [ 13:41]
A must read article to all those who want to know about democracy.
The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said, "Indeed Allah gathered up the earth for me so that I saw its eastern and western parts, and indeed the dominion of my Ummah will reach what was gathered up for me from it."
people are calling for democracy without knowing its origion and meaning. how we can understand the solution for the current problems??
People in our country are not even educated enough to write their own name for understanding of true deocracy Pakistanis will have to take a stand and teach our own people it can be as small as only 2 or three people per family because education can contribute more to democracy than anything.