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Submitted by Khawla (United Arab Emirates), May 31, 2008 at 04:29

When I mentioned democracy I mentioned decision making. When I mentioned decision making I mentioned public welfare. In democracy, people are allowed to make decisions related to punishments, education, health services, ..etc. But, are these decisions for the good of all or for a special party? Are the decisions, or votes, harming a group of people? No compromises? Are these people so knowledgeable of the situation of the whole community? What is the quality of these decisions? No one can make a decision without examining. People should be heard. This is administration. Is not Sharia a good system for the life of Muslims? What is justice in Islam and what is justice in the eyes of different people of this world? Kings? Queens? Counselors? Ministers? The qualities of the leader, counselors and ministers? What is to be expected of the leader and ministers? Are the leaders and ministers fair and place the public interests to individual interests? Are they accountable? If not, they should not stay!

What are human rights? What are equal rights? Can we fulfill a right and this harms another? Is there a limit to freedom? Can someone harass another verbally and not get caught? Is it fair for others to protest and others not when their faith is ridiculed?

Is Islam really against justice for all?

People see the world differently. People have different opinions. People are free to do what they want - they can make the choice. People can do good deeds or bad deeds. No one is forced. No one is born perfect. People have different cultures, faiths, and views of how to live in this world. People can be selfish or considerate. People need to always be reminded to be good. Good not only towards themselves, but also towards the others. This is an important principle in all faiths.

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