1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Islam is islamist by default, based on its own"eternal" foundation, the example of Muhammad and the Quran

Reader comment on item: Arguing over "Can Islam Be Reformed?"
in response to reader comment: misguided and misinformed

Submitted by Michael Altherr (Switzerland), Nov 5, 2013 at 23:39

Is this following definition of "islamism" correct or isn't it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamism : Islamism (Islam+-ism) or Political Islam (Arabic: إسلام سياسي‎ Islām siyāsī, or الإسلامية al-Islāmīyah) is a set of ideologies holding that "Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life".[1] According to this definition, the first "islamist", obviously, was Muhammad, and Islam, according to the Quran, clearly is "islamist", as Muhammad and the Quran call for Islam to rule all domains of life and the entire world: Islam is political by default, and has been from its very beginnings.

Please also note that this definition does not imply that islamism supports the random killing of people. Neither does it imply that only islamists randomly kill people. And neither does it imply that it is wrong when islamists randomly kill people but right when others do it. And yet, Islam, by default, based on the example of Muhammad, the "ideal man", defined as eternal guideline to the "true believers", and by the Quranic commandments, the reform of which is forestalled forever, to islamise the entire world, restricts and threathens the freedoms and human rights not only of Muslims who chose their beliefs, but also of everyone not wanting to be part of Islam. Hence Islam cannot but be rejected by all who don't desire to become part of it.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Islam is islamist by default, based on its own"eternal" foundation, the example of Muhammad and the Quran by Michael Altherr

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)