Democracy, A Religion? The Product Of The Kafir And Contrary To The Islamic Law
07 February 2011
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Democracy is a catchword that
becomes a controversy for all Islamic activists today,
diverse interpretations of democracy are being served
like a meal, but in essence all Islamic activists
agreed on one thing about democracy, that democracy is
the product of the kafir and thus contrary to
the Islamic law. There are a few people who claim that
democracy is a shura like in Islam, but this
is also invalidated. The presence of some similarities
on systems that are incompatible does not mean that
the systems are alike. One side of good may not be
able to justify that all sides are good, let alone a
system that is very incompatible to human beings.
However, to this day there is still a group of people
who refuse to budge from the view that democracy is
not a religion but a vehicle for heading towards a
civil society or heading towards a society with the
Shari'ah of Islam. So is it true that
democracy is a religion? Let us prove with the
daleels from the Qur'an and Sunnah.
Democracy Is A Religion
In the daleels of the Qura'an and Sunnah, or
the books of the ulama's of Ahlus-Sunnah,
yes, the word democracy has never been mentioned
explicitly because at the time of Rasulullah SAW or in
the old days, this word had never been known or was
still foreign, but this does not fool us and make us
fall into the trap.
In understanding democracy, we should go back to the
fundamental subject of one's Islam, namely iman.
Iman is a pledge that makes a person being
called Muslim and that makes him different from the
people who disbelieve (kafir) although they
are practising good deeds in the eyes of the world,
without iman all those do not mean anything.
And the basis of one's faith (iman) is like
what Allah SWT says in the Holy Qur'an:
"And I did not create the jinn and mankind except
to worship Me." (QS. Adz-Dzriyaat: 56)
"And We certainly sent into every nation a
messenger, [saying], 'Worship Allah
and avoid Thaghut.'" (QS. An-Nahl:
"The right course has become clear from the wrong.
So whoever disbelieves in Thaghut and believes in
Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with
no break in it." (QS. Al-Baqarah : 256)
"But those who have avoided Thaghut, lest they
worship it, and turned back to Allah - for them are
good tidings. So give good tidings to My servants."
(QS. Az-Zumar: 17)
The above verses are the commands of Allah to mankind
after they have iman, to keep away from all
kinds of obedience and submission to others besides
Allah SWT which in the Qur'an is called Thaghut.
So one's iman is not valid before they deny
(to be kafir toward) and be free of all the
millah, manhaj and aqeedah
of others besides Islam.
Included in the category of thaghut is every
one who positions himself as a musharri'
(legislation and law maker) along with Allah, whether
he is a leader or a common citizen, a people's
representatives in the legislature or the people whom
he represents from among those who elected him (in the
general elections), because with that deed, he has
exceeded the limit which Allah SAW created for him,
because he is created as a slave of Allah, and his
Lord orders him to surrender submissively to His
Shari'ah, but he is reluctant, and he becomes
arrogant instead and oversteps the limits which Allah
SWT has set, he on the other hand wants to make
himself as a match for Allah and affiliate with Him in
the authority of tashri' (establishment of
law and legislation), whereas it should not be turned
to any other except to Allah SWT and for anyone who
does that, then he has made himself as ilaah
musharri' (God the lawmaker), while it cannot be
doubted anymore that for such a person, he is a part
of the ru'uusuth thawaghiit (frontmen of
thaghut) where one's Tawheed and Islam is not
valid until he is kafir towards that
thaghut, avoiding it, as well as bara'ah
(be free) from its worshippers and troops.
Allah SWT says:
"They wish to refer legislation to Thaghut, while
they were commanded to reject that Thaghut." (QS.
Imam Mujahid rahimahullah said: "Thaghut
is devil in human form, where the humans refer the
laws to him, while he is taking control of them."
Shaikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyyah rahimahullah
said: "On that account, one who rules by other
than Kitabullah (God's Book) where he becomes the
legal reference, he is called thaghut."
Imam Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah said:
"Thaghut is anything in which the limit is exceeded by
the slaves, be it the one worshipped, or followed, or
obeyed, that the thaghut of every society is the
people whom they make as legal reference other than
Allah and His Rasul, or which they worship besides
Allah, or that which they followed without any
foundation of daleels from Allah, or the people whom
they obeyed in matters which they do not know that it
is a form of obedience to Allah".
And he said further: "Anyone who refers the law or
reports lawsuits to others in addition to what has
been brought about by Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alaihi
wa sallam, then it means that he had been referring
the law and reporting lawsuits to the thaghut."
And among the types of thaghut worshipped
besides Allah SWT today, and which becomes the
obligation of every Muwahhid to be kafir
towards them and be free from them, as well as from
their followers so he can hold on to al 'urwatul
wutsqa (the most trustworthy handhold [Luqman :
22]) and be safe the fires of hell, are the false gods
and arbaab maz'um which have been made by
many people as shurakaamusharri'iin
(allies who make the laws and legislation) besides
"Or have they other deities who have ordained for
them a religion to which Allah has not consented? But
if not for the decisive word, it would have been
concluded between them." (QS. Ash-Shuura: 21)
That's a brief explanation of democracy and why Islam
is so opposed to it and threatens the perpetrators of
democracy as a people who are out of Islam.
"There has already been for you an excellent
pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said
to their people, 'Indeed, we are disassociated from
you and from whatever you worship other than Allah .
We have denied you, and there has appeared between us
and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe
in Allah alone' …" (Al-Mumtahanah: 4)