Can Islam live with the West?

Those who do not know, nor understand Islamic teachings, may feel that Islam can integrate and become apart of western culture. This is not true.

Although it is very admirable and sincerely creditable to try and allow another culture access to your privileges. It is not the fact the west wouldn’t allow it, it is the fact Islam will not allow it. Islam is incapable of living under rules that go against Islamic teachings.

Quran (33:36) – “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision.”

This means that if the Quran teaches to remove a thieves hand (Quran 5:38), they must do so despite the laws around them.

Muhammad was also quoted as saying: “Carry out the legal punishments on relatives and strangers, and do not let the fear of blame stop you from carrying out the command of Allah.” (Ibn Majah 3:20:2540).

“If there is no one who can carry out the hadd punishment of Allah and stand up for the Messenger, then the Muslim has to do whatever he can” (Fatwa No. 14305)

Another verse we should note is also the reason why terrorists openly fight for an Islamic state against democracy and secularism.

Quran (5:44) – “Whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed is among the disbelievers”

In a democracy, everyone and anyone has a chance to serve in a position of power over others regardless of religious belief. Of course, this is not so when it comes to Islam. Muslims are taught that a non believer can never rule over a believer.

Quran (4:141) – “…And never will Allah grant to the unbelievers a way (to triumphs) over the believers.”


Quran (63:8) – “…might and power belongeth to Allah and to His messenger and to the believers;” [ie. not to anyone else.]

Allah’s Quran takes priority over the desires of the people. A democratic nation is by nature one that is not governed by Islamic law, meaning that a Muslim citizen would have divided loyalty. It’s clear from this following verse which side he must choose.

Quran (5:49) – “So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee”

Obedience is strictly limited to a government drawn from believers, not from the broader community. This following verse has also been used to justify submission to autocratic rule, however oppressive it may be. As an Arab tradition put is: “tyranny is better than anarchy.”

Qur’an (4:59) – “O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you…”

Fact, Islam actually teaches to only follow the words of the Quran, Sira and Hadith, and follow the Caliph.

Bukhari (9:89:251) – Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah, and whoever obeys the ruler I appoint, obeys me, and whoever disobeys him, disobeys me.”

The ruler referred to here is the Caliph, who is appointed by Allah, not by popular election. Democratic rule has no legitimacy against the will of the Caliph who, as we see by chain of reference, has the authority of Allah.

To quote the 20th century cleric, Sayyid Qutb, “It is Allah and not man who rules. Allah is the source of all authority, including legitimate political authority. Virtue, not freedom, is the highest value. Therefore, Allah’s law, not man’s, should govern the society.”


Islamic law is based on the Quran and the Sunnah, which are set and fixed. There is no need for addition or correction. Neither is there any room for the law of fallible man (particularly non-Muslims). Nor should it take the place of Allah’s perfect law, which tells a man everything he needs to know about daily life (down to which hand he should “hold it in” while urinating).

If Allah is not the authority then anything less is a secular dictatorship, including rule by the Muslim people. As an American-Muslim jurist complained in a recent fatwa, “democracy gives free reign to the authority of the Ummah, and puts no ceiling on it.”

Also, the law of one person, one vote is essential to democracy, but heretical to Islam. According to the Quran, the testimony of a woman is worth only half that of a man, and Jews and Christians are never to have equal standing with Muslims under the law (and certainly never in a position of authority over Muslims). Atheists are to be killed outright.

Reform-minded Muslims prefer to ignore all of this and instead point to Quran (42:38), where the phrase “[Muslims] who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation” is used as evidence that Islam is compatible with democracy. Also recruited to this end is an oft-repeated hadith that has Muhammad saying, “My community will never agree on an error.” On this is based the much ballyhooed concept of “ijma” or consensus among Muslims for determining matters of Islamic law.

But ijma, has always been controversial and rarely practiced within Islam. Some interpret it to mean “consensus of the scholars” – having nothing to do with the opinion of the community at large. Even when its legitimacy is recognized, ijma is accepted only as a secondary (or tertiary) form of authority, behind the fiqh councils. Also, it bears pointing out that ijma and consultation are applicable only within the Muslim community (and probably limited to the “consensus” of males).

American scholar Jamal Badawi says that it is the duty of Muslims to bring about Islamic rule: “The Quran is full of direct and indirect, implicit and many times explicit indications that show that the establishment of the Islamic order is a requirement on Muslims whenever possible.” He also scoffs at secularism: “If a Muslim believes that there is any human being who has the right to make laws other than Allah then obviously this is total divergence from the path of Islam. Or any person who believes that secularism is superior to the law of Allah, he’s violating the basic Quranic tenets”

Muhammad ruled on Allah’s authority and did not submit his decisions to the will of the people. Neither is there any tradition of democracy in the 1400 year history of Islam in the Middle East and Persia. If the entire world became Muslim overnight, it is highly doubtful that democracy would last, since it would be applicable only to the most mundane of matters not already decided by Islamic law.

As another cleric, Sufi Muhammad, recently put it, “True Islam permits neither elections, nor democracy.”

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