7. Democracy and Islam

In Islam, democracy doesn’t exist. Only what Allah and Muhammad says is the law.

Q33:36 – “When God and His Messenger have decided on a matter that concerns them, it is not fitting for any believing man or woman to claim freedom of choice in that matter: whoever disobeys God and His Messenger is far astray.”

Q45:21 – “What! Do those who seek after evil ways think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deeds,- that equal will be their life and their death? Ill is the judgment that they make.” Unbelievers are not equal to Muslims. This is dutifully reflected in Islamic law.

Q5:44 – “Whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed is among the disbelievers” This is one reason why terrorists openly fight for an Islamic state against democracy and secularism.

Q39:9 – “Are those who know equal to those who know not?”

Q4:141 – “…And never will Allah grant to the unbelievers a way (to triumphs) over the believers.” This is at odds with democracy, which allows anyone to serve in a position of power over others regardless of religious belief.

Q63:8 – “…might (power) belongeth to Allah and to His messenger and to the believers;” ie. not to anyone else.

Q5:49 – “So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee” Allah’s Qur’an takes priority over the desires of the people. A democratic nation is by nature one that is not governed by Islamic law, meaning that a Muslim citizen would have divided loyalty. It’s clear from this verse which side he must choose.

Q4:123 – “Not your desires, nor those of the People of the Book (can prevail): whoever works evil, will be requited accordingly. Nor will he find, besides Allah, any protector or helper.”

Q4:59 – “O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you…” Obedience is strictly limited to a government drawn from believers, not from the broader community. This verse has also been used to justify submission to autocratic rule, however oppressive it may by. As an Arab tradition put is: “tyranny is better than anarchy.”

Q9:3 – “…Allah and his messenger are free from obligation to the unbelievers…” Muhammad used this “revelation” to dissolve a standing treaty and chase non-Muslims from their homes if they wouldn’t accept Islam. This practice would be incompatible with democratic rule, in which everyone is considered equal.

Sahih Muslim – Book 20, Hadith 4567
It has been narrated (through a still different chain of transmitters) on the Same authority (i.e.’Arfaja) who said similarly-but adding: “Kill all of them.” I heard the Messenger of Allah say: When you are holding to one single man as your leader, you should kill who seeks to undermine your solidarity or disrupt your unity.

Sahih Muslim – Book 20, Hadith 4568
It has been narrated on the authority of Aba Sa’id al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allah said: When oath of allegiance has been taken for two caliphs, kill the one for whom the oath was taken later.

Sahih Muslim – Book 19, Hadith 4294
When you meet your enemies who are polytheists [Christians…], invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them” Non-Muslims are intended to be subordinate to Muslims.

Sahih Bukhari – Book 89, Hadith 251
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys the ruler I appoint, obeys me, and whoever disobeys him, disobeys me.”

Sahih Bukhari – Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith 219
Narrated Abu Bakra: During the battle of Al-Jamal, Allah benefited me with a Word (I heard from the Prophet). When the Prophet heard the news that the people of the Persia had made the daughter of Khosrau their Queen (ruler), he said, “Never will succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler.”

Sahih Muslim – Book 20, Hadith 4483
It has been narrated on the authority of Amir b. Sa’d b. Abu Waqqas who said: I wrote (a letter) to Jabir b. Samura and sent it to him through my servant Nafi’, asking him to inform me of something he had heard from the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). He wrote to me (in reply): I heard the Messenger of Allah say on Friday evening, the day on which al-Aslami was stoned to death (for committing adultery): The Islamic religion will continue until the Hour has been established, or you have been ruled over by twelve Caliphs, all of them being from the Quraish, also heard him say: A small force of the Muslims will capture the white palace, the police of the Persian Emperor or his descendants. I also heard him say: Before the Day of Judgment there will appear (a number of) impostors. You are to guard against them. I also heard him say: When God grants wealth to any one of you, he should first spend it on himself and his family (and then give it in charity to the poor). I heard him (also) say: I will be your forerunner at the Cistern (expecting your arrival).

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