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Islam and Pluralism (31 May 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • It’s about democracy dear. Pluralism etc are jargons which make for impressive writing and interesting reading.Earlier I might have had some doubts. However, after invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan by the Gang (of democratic countries) against the will of their peoples, I have understood the true nature of democracy as practiced in the West. And with the disregard shown by professional and hereditary politicians of India to the people of India on the issues of corruption, no further questions need be asked about the present state of democracy in the world.

    There is similarly no guarantee that Muslims may be able to establish true democracy in their countries. Rather there is a guarantee that if democratic Muslim leaders continue to copy the Western themes of greed, grandeur, exhibitionism, indiscriminate sex, consumerism, profit chasing, and corrupt dealings (All anathema to Islam), then the Muslim democracies will be almost as exactly anti-people. The only course left for the masses to test their leaders’ mettle is on the anvil of Islamic values.

     The day masses learn to challenge their leaders to pass this agni-pariksha of Islam or else vanish as the representatives of the Satan, that day chance of a better democracy is possible where the will of the masses will prevail not only on national issues but on international issues as well. Sounds idealistic isn’t it? However, this is the only ideal that exists for the masses of the world today.

    By Manzoorul Haque - 6/5/2012 1:50:21 PM

  • excellent evaluation of what is needed in the Arab world today.
    By adis - 6/5/2012 3:46:00 AM

  • Islam already projects and administers pluralism and secularims for its followers, no discrimination is allowed to be practised against the minority or anyone else.
    By Raihan Nezami - 6/4/2012 11:08:26 PM

  • The writer says "Only a coalition of pluralists can succeed in building a democratic society where the majority rules, where minority rights are respected, and where individual rights are safe and the rule of law applies to all" but the thing is most want the majority to dominate, the minority to be ruled, individual rights go to the dogs and there be no rule at all. The world needs to fight this kindof thinking. He is right the battle for pluralism has just begun.
    By Aiman Reyaz - 6/4/2012 7:51:48 PM

  • “Policies of exclusion must give way to inclusion”In the theme of the article as enunciated above, the message to the Muslim world is clear and precise. 
    The problem remains however that once the word Muslim is introduced, it becomes imperative that those who, like the Muslim Brotherhood and its off shoot Hisbut Tahreer etc want to enter into politics, that they adopt the religious and holy “pretensions of sainthood” and that then brings with it the ever present spectre of ‘Sharia’ in the name of Islam thus derailing any hope of secular and pluralistic construction of polity in the country; as there is no such thing as a singular definition of it and since every faction, religious or otherwise has a vested interest to safeguard its own ‘imperatives’ and rights at the exclusion of all others! 
    The “exclusion” is also a significant imperative and that is very strange.This appears to be strange to a student of Quran on which Islam is believed to be based by every group. Strange because on the very first page of the beginning of the main message of the Book, chapter 2-4, among the conditions given to the Believer is that they believe in the then present Messenger- Muhammad, and those who have preceded him.Since the book also maintains that a messenger had been sent to every nation before, and that they are ‘people of the Book’ would imply that all those nations are people of the book, including they themselves; despite the fact known to it that they ‘differed later’ 10-19.It therefore must be concluded that ‘Pluralism and Secularism’ is a condition laid down for people calling themselves as ‘Muslims’ and as such is not some sort of a new progressive fad to brag about!
    By Rashid - 5/31/2012 10:23:12 PM

  • While pluralism is a good goal, it can best be delivered by secularist governments. Islamists may pay lip service to pluralism, but their promises should be taken with a grain of salt.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 5/31/2012 11:46:17 AM