28th February, 2011
MIDDLE EAST REVOLUTION: DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE ANSWER
Revolutions are spreading fast in the Middle East. Two regimes (Tunisia and Egypt) have already fallen. Demonstrations are currently taking place in Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria and Libya with hundreds of thousands trooping to the streets demanding reform or regime change. Many lives were reportedly lost as a result of brutal assaults on demonstrators in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya. The case of Libya is close to an insurrection and the death toll is appallingly high.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) condemns violent repression of peaceful protests. We denounce the killing of unarmed demonstrators as this constitutes crime against humanity. We lay the blame of the ongoing uprising in the region squarely on the doorsteps of the Muslim rulers of those countries who have failed to implement the Islamic system of government. Many of them, like in Egypt and Tunisia, turned Islam into anathema in their countries. They siphoned the wealth of their people to the West while their subjects wallowed in abject poverty.
MURIC is appalled by the role played by Western nations in the deprivation and rape of the Muslims in the Middle East. It is an open secret that Western countries were the allies of Arab dictators. But they exposed the hypocrisy in democracy by turning the blind eye at the excesses of Arab totalitarian rulers except the radicals among them like Ghaddafi. That is why the West stood with arms akimbo as Husni Mubarak of Egypt tyrannised Egypt for 30 years. For waiting for so long and for capitalizing on the greed and narrow mindedness of Arab rulers, the West stands guilty of selfishness and has lost every moral right to intervene in the ongoing revolution in the region.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) asserts the supremacy of the Islamic political system. We urge Muslims in Arab countries to stop killing one another. Democracy is not worth dying for. Democracy has zero tolerance for religion, particularly Islam and its divine institutions. Democracy is a square peg. The land of Muslims is a round hole. They cannot fit. Islam has its own perfect political thought which, for their selfish motives, the hypocritical Muslim rulers of Arab countries have hitherto ignored, dancing to Western gallery.
A true Islamic revolution will guarantee the spirit of Madina, engender taqwah (piety), promote people's welfare, enshrine Allah-given and fundamental rights for all (including animals and inanimate objects). A genuine Islamic revolution will symbolize non-aggression, ensure peaceful coexistence with all countries of the world and project non-accumulation of wealth on the part of rulers and members of their immediate families. It will facilitate fair distribution of wealth, initiate social security and, above all, bequeath a legacy of freedom and general wellness.
We therefore charge the rulers of those Muslim countries which are yet to experience the revolution to immediately set the reform machinery in motion. Muslim rulers must promote the Islamic values of justice, fairness and equal rights.
Finally, MURIC sends a strong signal to the Muslim youths in the revolting nations: democracy must not be your target; you are Muslims, therefore, moderate and non-militant Islam must be a major correlate in the negotiations.
Is-haq Akintola (Ph.D),
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimrights
Be just Justice is the soul of peace
No one can deny one and have the other
Neither can violence or naked force bring lasting peace