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in response to reader comment: Taj: What are you sure of about Islam?

Submitted by Taj (United States), May 16, 2008 at 15:09

You are claiming that there is not one country ruled by Islamic principles after 1400 years of Islam and nearly 50 Muslims majority countries in existence. Does this not throw up the ‘the question why muslim country majority countries are unable to throw up governments that rule by Islamic principles.'

Not in my mind. Christianity is a world majority religion, yet no country is ruled by its principles. In fact there isn't any country ruled by any religious principle, so...nothing new in this regard, and hence no question, at least in my mind...

And you are entirely wrong about Islam requiring any of the conditions you mention except faith in Allah. Let me show you why.

Outside of the absurdity of arguing about Islam with someone with less knowledge of the religion, your points regarding justice, despots, fairness, etc were all poorly made:

1. Islam does not discriminate based on gender. God-given punishment is considered justice, by default

2. your mention of the hadith says nothing about dictators

3. There's more to the executions than you either know or are revealing...in contrast, there were plenty of individuals given forgiveness, such as the person who poisoned him and one who plotted his murder by ambush, ones who slew and canabalized a family member, and so on

4. Yes, inheritance is based on economic fairness...perhaps the contemporary propensity to leave women to fend for themselves and actually have to seek child support, etc, makes these examples hard to fathom...it should not be lost that, for example, Muslims have had more women rulers, than say, the West has...

5. 3:110 has nothing to do with politics or political fairness. The jizya tax was posed as equitable to the zakat tax paid by Muslism, and being exempt from the army didn't mean being barred...

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