Does Islam allow democracy as working in Indo-Pak? I need complete details regarding the above question.
The basic principle that Islam has given in all matters relating to our collective life is: “Amruhum Shura Baynahum” (i.e. their affairs are based on consultation among them). On the basis of this principle, I am of the opinion that an Islamic state should have a system of government based on the principle of consultation. In such a system, all decisions shall be based on consultation. This implies that in all such cases where a unanimous decision cannot be arrived at, the decision of the majority shall prevail.
Keeping in view the aforementioned principle, I believe that the Islamic system of government, in its basis, is not very different from Democracy.
Now, your question pertains to “Democracy as working in the Indo-Pak”. I would request you to kindly give me the specific aspects on which you want me to give my comments. As mentioned earlier, the Islamic system of government, in its essence is Democratic. However, as this does not mean that every democratic government is an Islamic government, likewise there could be many aspects in a democratically ruled Muslim state that render it quite different from the ideals of Islam.
Do let me know what are the points that you want me to elaborate on. I really do not know what other details should I give at the moment.
24th May 1998