Does the Qur’an Sanction Theocracy?
Source: Muslim Sunrise
By Arif Humayun
Politicized Muslim clerics around the world clamor for the implementation of Islamic Law (shariah) in Muslim majority countries; they denounce Western policies as satanic; scorn cherished values such as secularism, democracy and human rights, and erroneously equate them with vulgarity and promiscuity. They convey the impression that Islam and the West are incompatible and Western ideals utterly opposed to Islamic teachings. It is, therefore, important to denounce these myths and demonstrate that most secular laws and Qur’anic teachings (the basis of Islam) are quite compatible. Muslims must first understand their faith and then practice it to demonstrate that the Islamic system of governance meets or exceeds all other systems for establishing a peaceful society.
Radical Muslims aspire for the utopian “Islamic Law,” which they expect will usher in a period of peace and tranquility that existed during the heyday of the Muslim Empire. Such demands only confirm the age old adage that ignorance is bliss. Either politicized clerics are unaware of Islamic Law or they use it as a hollow slogan for political purposes. Either way, such demands confirm their ignorance of their rich faith and highlight their greed to usurp further control of Muslim societies. The fact that civil society in several dozen so called “Muslim” countries is in crisis—the gravity of this crisis being directly proportional to their Islamization campaigns—illustrates these observations.
This article will argue that while the Qur’an defines the complete code of conduct for
humanity, it enunciates only the fundamental principles on which progressive societies may be built, with the assurance of equality and social justice. Islam does not endorse or sanction any particular form of government, including theocracy. The institution of clergy—let alone a political clergy—is alien to Islam. Specific requirements of Islamic Law are absolute justice, equality, and freedom of choice in all matters, including religion; the promotion of virtue and the suppression of vice; and social welfare for the citizens.