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Only God is in control

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in response to reader comment: Taj: Islam the ulitmate in control - of body, mind, society and state

Submitted by Taj (United States), Apr 17, 2008 at 03:58

Plato:

Thanks for your comments...

Which Muslim majority country does not like to call itself the Islamic Republic of something or the other.

Many Muslim countries do not do so...the most populous in the world, Indonesia, does not do so...nor does, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Qatar, Morocco, Gambia, Chad, Uzbekistan, or Albania, to name a few...

He collected 20% of the booty for it is claimed for his treasury, which included his wives and children.

Not sure how this was relevant to your argument, however, while the Prophet at some times collected 20%, it is clear that he distributed this share to others and kept nothing for himself. He died with viturally no wealth and historical records show him as beyond generous with charity. Fatima had to approach the Khalif for her inheritance because Muhammad kept nothing for himself...

If Islam is not a form or government why would Muslim claim that the Koran is the final arbiter for all their laws?

This is no such claim by Muslims in general, especially when you haven't defined what "all their laws" means...For example, when establishing traffic laws, Muslim governments don't reference the Quran...

Nonetheless, it is clear the Islam is not a government, it is a religion with principles and values that may be used in various realms of life, including the estabishment of a legal or governmental system - as is the case with other religions and/or their texts.

One good example of a Muslim country that does not cite the Quran in the framework of its government is Turkey.

Submitting....

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