Islam and Politics
There are two axes—Islam and jahiliyya around which the entire
discourse of Jamaat revolves, and the binary opposites are at loggerheads with
each other also. The latter connotes everything that stand in opposition to
Jamaat’s understanding of Islam. To Maududi—the architect of Jamaat,
sovereignty rests with God that ought not to be shared by human beings. That
implies that the principle on which today’s modern nation state is based is
‘people’s dominion over people’, which is patently against the sovereignty of
God. Therefore, nation state quintessentially epitomises jahiliyya, the
fountainhead of all evils and usurper of God’s sovereignty....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Those who call themselves Muslims today are not the Khair-e-Ummah or ‘the best community’ that the Quran talks about, but a degenerated community. According to the Prophetic prediction, at present there is no Islam in practice. Muslims only use the term ‘Islam’ to claim that they are ‘true’ Muslims, whereas this is not the case. Although there are a billion Muslims around the world, but they are like ‘foam on the surface of the sea’. …
A state is a territorial entity whose boundaries play a pivotal role in defining nationhood. In contrast, religion is a reality that transcends all local, national, ethnic and linguistic boundaries and brings into being a wider community of faith. It is time we realised this and moved on to the task of nation-building in a rational way….
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
Islamism, although, refers to the political use of Islam; I would define it as a group identity in which members of the Muslim community are part of one family while others are not; they (non-Muslims) are the outsiders....
“The EC will do everything it can to take legal action against those who use Islam as a political weapon by labeling others as impious,” said the Vice Chair of EC Ahmed Fayaz. “This is a duty of the commission.” Fayaz noted that Islam cannot be “hijacked” or “held hostage” by one particular group or political party….
“Everything goes wrong all at once.” That is one of the versions of the oft-quoted Murphy’s Law, which seems to be prevalent these days in Turkey….
Ghouse faces straight up to the fact that terrorists and politicians acting in the name of Islam have been responsible for brutally attacking their enemies – including many non-Muslims. And he knows that those attacks colour the perception of his faith in America....
Islam and Democracy
Enzahura Abdul Aziz
Modern democracy is a political reality that besieges most free nations today. It has evolved through history since the ancient Greek period, resurfaced in importance and modernised during the revolutions in America, Britain and France and further post-modernised through periods of world wars and the new world order....
An off-repeated notion by some liberals, and self-styled secular intellectuals, is the assertion that the demand of Islamic State today which would implement Islamic law, is a reactionary stance. They deduce that the demand for Political Islam is merely an emotional outburst, which originated out of colonialism....
Syria's agony continues unabated; sectarian attacks in Iraq are becoming more frequent and deadly; the threads of Lebanon's fragile peace are fraying; Jordan is awash in refugees; Libya's militias are running rampant and distorting its politics; Tunisia faces political crisis; and Turkey's star as the embodiment of Islamic democracy has dimmed….
The first was the coup by General Zia ul-Haq against Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan in July 1977. With ul-Haq, Pakistan gradually moved towards being a nuclear power, and also turned a blind eye to radical Islamist armed groups. The second was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in April 1978 following a pro-Soviet coup d’etat. The Mujahid resistance, assisted mainly by U.S. and Saudi intelligence agencies, paved the way for organizations like the Taliban an al-Qaeda….
No doubt islamically inspired political parties have a natural support base in these Muslim lands due to the religious sentiments of those Muslims who desire to see their beliefs represented in the political realm. However, recent events compel one to have a rethink about the role of political Islam and the direction it should be heading…..
Yaqoob Khan Bangash
We can no longer be ‘Not India’ and cannot any longer act like a neglected twin. At least I would like to live in a country which does not define itself against any other country, but has its own identity and is comfortable with it. Obviously, identity formation is a long process and Pakistan is mired in several problems here, but still it would be healthy for Pakistan to think about what makes it special rather than what it is rejecting. .....
Let that be the one lesson that others who play with power and politics may learn: if the choice is between death, detention, disgrace and democracy, always choose democracy. Even if the choice is not as stark as that, always choose democracy….
However, every time one looks into the structured discrimination Balochistan has been subjected to, one finds that it is not anti-development Baloch Sardars but the ‘federation’ that has impeded progress in Pakistan’s biggest province. A case in point is the education apartheid imposed by the Higher Education Commission on Balochistan…..
Much of current WMD instability lies in the Middle East. The region is roiling, with Syria’s civil war at the head but with conflicts or potential conflicts in Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia. Iran likely has biological and chemical stocks, and is likely acquiring nuclear weapons. Egypt is striving, amid threats of terrorism, to embed democratic polity after its failure under the Muslim Brotherhood government and the Army coup that deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Algeria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have, or are suspected to have or be developing, biological and/or chemical weapons....
Pakistan’s sovereignty, and for that matter of any undeveloped country, is a myth. And myth it will remain until we put together a coherent industrial policy that aims eventually to give us the required industrial and technological base to really build our own missiles and planes....
Did this idea of equality for religions, in Jinnah’s case primarily between Hindus and Muslims, overlook another issue — the hidebound social inequality both the Muslim League and the Congress strove to play down if not completely ignore?...
The Liberal leader sat next to the Imam, raised his hands Islamic style and prayed in the front row of the mosque while Muslim women sat in the back rows as second-class citizens. Trudeau had no problem with this gender apartheid. He was later permitted to address the congregation…..
Supporters and political heirs of President Zia often point to economic growth and political stability as the ostensible achievements of his years in power. But that claim is belied by an economy left in ruins, a more violent and fragmented society and state institutions with much weaker capacity to govern than ever before....
Mohammed Ali Jinnah
It’s not just Jinnah. The shared legacy of Sadat Hasan Manto, one of the foremost portraitists of Partition, sits hidden in some vault of All India Radio. When historian Ayesha Jalal, Manto’s grandniece, sought the recordings as part of ongoing research, she was told by officials that the recordings did not exist.....
"Muslim societies are currently experiencing a contradiction which lies at the heart of political Islam: on the one hand there is an aspiration to modernity and social progress, and on the other, there is a desire to renew a religious life that is incompatible with the content of this aspiration….
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Here I would like to refer to two verses from the Quran. The first reads, “O Believers, turn you all together towards God.” (24:31). This is about following a U-turn policy. It means that Muslims must adopt such a policy at the level of the entire community. The other Quranic verse tells us, “God does not change that which is with a people until they change that which is with themselves.” (13:11). This means that if Muslims want to see a new future, they must change their present….
Once we have established the need for the state as a political entity, it becomes essential to define the political ideology of Islam. It is evident that the ideology will based upon the basic principles already elaborated in the discussion. Before we proceed further, the following clarifications must be made with respect to the Islamic state...
Then Muslims all over the Islamic crescent look for foreign conspiracies to explain their troubles. Happily, the world of Islam is self-sufficient in the matter of conspiracies. We just can’t manage our affairs, this incapacity a greater cause of our sorrows than the machinations of outside forces. What threat is Bashar al-Assad to the Saudi monarchy or the Emir of Qatar, or Turkey for that matter?...