The truth of this fact is not hidden from those who have seen democracy in practice. Everywhere there is democracy there is one form of conflict or the other. Nigeria is a good example of what democracy does in action; the number of lives that have been lost since the enthronement of democracy in the country is alarming. Yet there seems no end to further loss of lives; bomb blasts are becoming usual occurrence in the country. Inter parties' violence is not seen as a big thing.
But Islam forbids disunity; it says the Muslims are a single brotherhood. Thus it is not permissible for Muslims to divide themselves into groups and parties (even in the name of the religion) with diverse ideologies as democracy is known to embody.
There is no how the Muslims will venture into democratic politics and remain united because of the disunity that democracy is known to cause among those who subscribe to it.
Writes the author of Tanweer Dhulumaat : 'We see from our brothers the so-called Islamists who say there is no way all Muslims should not partake in the electioneering processes even if it will amount to cooperating with the secular parties. As for the person that cuts people away from elections and sees that joining in the process is not permissible, you will see them (the Islamists) criticizing such, harbouring grudges against him and depicting his comments as being foolhardy; at times they may eject him from the mosque or his workplace, they may incriminate him in several ways. If they have the ability of inflicting punishment on him they will do so. They do all this in order to help partisanship.
'There is no doubt that democracy will break the unity of the Muslims; you may find a son and his father in the same house with hostility between them. Even the women are not safe, so also are the neighbours to one another…
'The enmity becomes entrenched, Shaytân takes over and everyone becomes an enemy to the other…'
Allâh's Command is that Muslims should form one single brotherhood that is based on the values of the Qur'ân and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Pious Predecessors.
Allâh the Mighty said:
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh (i.e. this Qur'ân), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, etc.) clear to you, that you may be guided. [Aal-'Imrân: 103]
If one may ask what kind of brotherhood is in Muslims fighting one another because they belong to different groups, political or otherwise? What interest are they fighting for? Is that what Islam commands?
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