Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Shiraz Maher on Democracy

Shiraz Maher
Jan 21st, 2003, 06:52 PM

Islam is an ideology - not a religion. An ideology is a comprehensive outlook in life from which systems emante. We know that Muslim women must cover, that the Muslims must not trade in usury and so on. These are opinions derived from the economic and social system of Islam. As Muslims, Allah (swt) has given us political opinions - so how can we adopt them from any other source? Our political opinions must come from Islam.On this basis we reject democracy which promotes a secular vision with the sovereignty being mans. Man is given the authority to legislate and decide good and bad, right and wrong.Hizb ut Tahrir means the party of liberation. It is a political party, whose ideology is Islam. The party adopts her thoughts on the basis of the Islamic thoughts and rules. It was founded in 1953 in Palestine and since then has followed the divine method to re-establish the Khilafah. As the Prophet Mohammed (saw) never engaged in violent struggle to establish the Khilafah, we as a Hizb view it as a violation of the shariah in attempting to establish the khilafah today. The Prophet (saw) worked in the political and intellectual sphere's challenging the ideological basis of the soceity around him and showing the inherent corruption of their thoughts. It is to the intellectual and political spheres that the hizb confines her work today.Kind regards,Shiraz


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