Al-Haq Bulletin Number 58
THE ISLAMIC SYSTEM IS NOT A DEMOCRACY
Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh), in a brief comment, said:
“In a democracy, the decision is the effect of majority opinion. Even the king (in a democracy) cannot decree in conflict with the majority opinion. If he has the power to overrule the majority, then it will be a dictatorship. A system is not a democracy merely on the basis of consultation. It is based on the majority.
This was not the principle in the system of governance of the Sahaabah Kiraam. There is not a single instance in which the Khalifah was made subordinate to majority opinion.
The Qur’aanic Aayat: “Consult with them. Then if you decide, repose trust on Allah (and act according to your resolution).”, substantiates the Islamic system of dictatorship (the system in which the Khalifah governs according to the Law of Allah Ta’ala). (Advising the liberals who attempt to justify western democracy with the Qur’aan, Hadhrat Thanvi said): “Involve yourselves in your respective professions/occupations. Do not intrude in a domain for which you are not qualified. Reading a translation does not make you an Aalim.”
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