Secularism

Type: Opinion

Summary: 
  • Secularism may be accepted in a Christian society but it can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society." — Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

  • The acceptance of a legislation formulated by humans means a preference of the humans' limited knowledge and experiences to the divine guidance: "Say! Do you know better than Allah?" (2:140).... For this reason, the call for secularism among Muslims is atheism and a rejection of Islam. Its acceptance as a basis for rule in place of Shari'ah is downright riddah [apostasy]...." — Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

  • We Muslims believe that Allah is the sole Creator and Sustainer of the Worlds.... If they do not [observe His injunctions and to judge according to them], then they commit kufr [unbelief], aggression, and transgression." — Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

  • There have never been any effective democracies in the Islamic world.

  • The idea that human beings can replace God as legislators is obnoxious to classical Islamic thought and to modern Islamist convictions. Men and women do not choose how to live: God has been there first.

  • Several of the ECFR's own pronouncements indicate an unwillingness to compromise with European norms.

  • "The Shari'ah is for all times to come, equally valid under all circumstances. The Muslim insistence on the immutability of the Shari'ah is highly puzzling to many people, but any other view would be inconsistent with its basic concept." — Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

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