TRADITIONAL ISLAM CANNOT BE A CULTURAL FOUNDATION FOR DEMOCRACY, TOLERANCE OR HUMAN RIGHTS
I will post the following at the risk of upsetting some of my Muslim friends but it’s an important one and intended to brainstorm and not upset any of them: Islam, sadly, is incompatible with democracy, tolerance to others or human rights. The only way to observe these is by bypassing it. What I am saying is this: Traditional Islam cannot be a cultural foundation for democracy, tolerance or human rights. Let’s not pretend there is no deep problem within or in Islam. The future in the Middle East, and to a large extent the world’s, depends on this.
Islam must reform to be adaptable to the modern concepts of democracy, tolerance and human rights. As I said before, I am not interested in the non-political part of Islam but I believe its political part sucks. The truth is that it’s not the application of Islam in politics which is to blame but its very political theory which is defective. The defence that Islam is actually peaceful, democratic, tolerant and attentive to human rights; and that what we see in practice is the fault of the Muslims as they apply Islam on the ground and not Islam in its actual teachings, and as embodied in its sacred text whether Quran or Hadith or Sunna or Fiqh or Sharia, is frankly repulsive more than it’s inaccurate. But how many Muslims are brave enough and intellectually honest to face up to this? I know many are but there is no doubt that the majority aren’t and hurry up to defend Islam than see the truth. The effect of this is that the world will continue to witness the evil that has been introduced and created by Islam’s political theory. The abominable acts of the Islamists, of all sorts, that we watch day in and day out, whether in Nigeria, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, and even in the West, are bound to continue because they are driven not be a corruption of Islam but by its very political theory as established in the seventh century and augmented since then by practice.
However, let no one equate Islam with Muslims – there are many good Muslims as there are many bad Christians (or followers of other religions). Further, I am not interested in apolitical Islam, and I do believe there is much in it which is good, but Political Islam, I believe, is pure evil.