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SHURA IN ISLAM
Some Muslims say that ISLAM requires absolutely all decisions made by and for the Muslim societies to be made by shura. To some, this means that Islam enjoins REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY. This belief is characteristic of LIBERAL MOVEMENTS WITHIN ISLAM.
Other Muslims say that Islam requires submission to existing rulers, however they are chosen, so long as they govern according to sharia or ISLAMIC LAW. This is a more traditional approach, characteristic of many centuries of Islamic history (see History of Islam).
The difference between the two appears more semantic than actual – the latter accept that the rulers must be accounted in all aspects of ruling, to ensure affairs are managed in the best possible way whether decisions were taken through consultation or not. Continue reading ‘DEMOCRACY IN THE QUR’AN -III-‘