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In 'political Islam' the world 'political' is redundant.

Reader comment on item: Prominent Non-Muslims Decide What Islam Is and Is Not
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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Oct 17, 2019 at 21:34

Dear Dr Pipes, When it comes to Islam, the rest of the world must be logical, polite, firm and brutally honest. In his letter to you forum, the reader Dave had a reference to Bill Warner's Center for the Study of Political Islam. I think when it comes to Islam, the word 'political' is redundant. Islam is political both in doctrine and practice. The purpose of this religion is to create a political structure in which the social order that the religion recommends is protected and propagated using the might of the state. Even Muslims will not disagree with this statement. Quran unequivocally recommends that Muslims should unite to subjugate and rule non-Muslims. It completely ignores the fact that there is no such thing as a minority living happily under a religious rule (Islamic or otherwise). If a person with his or fer full ability to think clearly believes that separation of church and state is good then Islam is not for that person. It does not get any clearer or simpler than that. And since Islam --by its own choice-- does not believe keeping religion separated from politics and vice versa, there is no reason why the rest of the world must extend this favor to it.

Unless Islamic doctrine is modified or until people stop following it in toto, Islam is incompatible with democracy. Malaysia is, perhaps, the most democratic of Islamic majority countries and article 11 of Malaysian constitution clearly states that religions can be preached to non-Muslims in Malaysia but no one can preach a religion to Muslims (ref 1). There goes democracy down the drain! If the most democratic Muslim country is such, where is the room for an non-political Islam?

ref 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Malaysia

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