Posts Tagged ‘ democracy ’

Dr Muhammad Iqbal’s Political Philosophy in the light of his poem, The Advisory Council of Satan (Iblees ki Majlis-i-Shura) – (1936)

Nov 9th, 2015 | By | Category: history, Latest

 1. Introduction ‘Muhammad Iqbal – lawyer, jurist, and poet – rests in a simple tomb just outside the main entrance to the Badshahi mosque in Lahore. That simple tomb is a place of pilgrimage to me. For Iqbal was a man who belonged to all races; his concepts had universal appeal. He spoke to the […]

Humanity at Stake

Aug 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, World

A woman in many women- and children and men- was reported to be rushing back and forth in panic of the gunfire chasing her. A woman- another woman- was seen from her balcony with a portrait of General Al-Sisi; watching, observing, comprehending, and smiling. A grimly smile. This is not fantasy. This is not a scene from […]

Democracy or Feudal Dynasty

Feb 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan

What comes to your mind when you think of the word Democracy?  Rule of the people, Equal rights of all citizens, Freedom, but if you’re a Pakistani, this may not be the case. I, for some reason, fail to understand or connect to the present form of democracy in Pakistan. When I, as a Pakistani, […]

The Rise of Revivalists

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, World

It was a sunny day on 12th February 1949 when the leader of Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al Banna was invited for a meeting with an Egyptian government minister in Cairo. At the venue, the minister never appeared and hence the brotherhood’s leader had to leave. While he was on the street to get a taxi, […]

Islam and Rule of the People – III

Jun 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, World

The instinctual problem that arises with democracy is the belief that democracy originated in the west. The history of democracy is therefore presented as troublesome. The Ancient Greeks, who are told to be the founders of “democracy”, would probably be shocked and be dismissive of modern democracies. As modern representative governments are radically different in […]

Islam and Rule of the People -II

Jun 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, World

Islam is very democratic in its application of things. After all, in its truest essence, democracy is not only elections, but a variety of things. These include pluralism, free speech, freedom of association, basic human rights and so on. Islam encourages all of these within its own framework. As far as the objection that in […]

Islam and Rule of the People – I

Jun 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social, World

Is there anything wrong with the idea that people should have the right to rule? Many people argue that there actually is something unacceptable and Islam does not permit such a thing; a blasphemy, maybe.  To say that the people have the right to rule, they argue, is to give away a right reserved for God alone […]

Is Islam non-democratic?

Jun 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, World

It is true that while Islam may not be a proponent of liberal western democracy as we know it, but in its very essence Islam is quite democratic. “Consultation” is a fundamental concept in Islam. If anything, the Islamic ideal is nearest to a constitutionally restricted democracy whereas democratic principles are ordained under, within and […]

Failed government and derailing democracy

Jan 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan

I completely disagree and dispute the contention held by some upholders of democracy, politicians and law makers, that the process of removing a serving government before it’s mandated time period through democratic or by means of constitutional law and people’s pressure, would derail the democratic system. I believe we need to view Democracy and Government […]