ISLAMIC PARTY WINS IN MOROCCO
We reiterate our stand on the condition of Muslims and the state of Islam in Arab countries under former Muslim rulers. Those rulers were just nominal Muslims. They did not allow Islamic system of government. Neither did they allow parties formed along Islamic lines to operate.
Morocco had its first opportunity to be led by an Islamic party, Justice and Development Party (PJD) today Monday 30th November, 2011. The PJD got 27% of the total number of members of the parliament (395). The Prime Minister must be chosen from the party with the highest majority. Islamic parties were not allowed to participate in elections in Morocco before the Arab spring.
This is one monumental aspect of the Arab revolution. It has opened the eyes of the world to what was happening in Arab countries. Those countries were never really Islamic countries. Now it is just begining. Thanks to the revolution.
But Morocco still has a long way to go before maturing into a full-fledged Islamic country. Despite having Abdullah Bin Kiran as a Prime Minister from an Islamic party, the king of Morocco still retains substantive power. Steps must be taken to reduce the powers of the king. He must become ceremonial while vox populi is given full rein.
Saudi Arabia must take a cue from this development in the Arab world. A situation whereby only one family rules a vast country with enormous resources does not augur well for Islamic democracy. Already, violent uprisings claiming lives have started rearing their ugly heads. The Saudi monarch must not only strike while the iron is hot, he must make the iron hot by striking. Reforms aimed at majority rule and fashioned after Islamic democracy must be initiated now. The king can still be relevant, transferring real power to a prime minister.
Is-haq Akintola (Ph.D),
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimrights
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