Basically, a "shura" will consist of the most highly educated people from all fields - science, arts, technology, strategic, political affairs etc. These are the people who elect the "Caliphs" or heads of state.
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At present, the Iranian model of selecting president is very similar to the Islamic model. ("guardian council", "experts" and the Parliament combined are the "Shura")
Secularism basically advocates equal rights for everyone to express their religious beliefs. God has declared "There is no compulsion in religion" in Quran. Also note the meaning of Sura Kafirun.
'Jamhoriyat woh tarze haqumat hai - Jiss mein admi ko gina karte hain toula nahin karte'
English : Democracy is that style of Government where People are Counted but not Weighed ! I.e How can a sweeper be equal in his opinion on how the govt. should or shouldn't be run when compared with someone with a Doctorate in Political Science ? However I don't prescribe to the exclusivity that the above illustration prescribes to. Iqbal's conceptualization of democracy, as I have understood it to be, would be a meritocracy moulded along the lines of the one practised in Singapore where only those who have shown their worth are eligible for office and go back to the people for mandate ! The second part of this is to bring the masses to such a degree of awareness that they can critically analyse their elected leaders and their performance the way reasonably informed people can and should !
As far as democracy is concerned, it is very much compatible with Islam's advice of "mutual consultation". The Iranian model fits perfectly. The model you suggested also fits. In fact, Europe adopted these values - freedom of speech, democracy, human rights, women's rights, equal rights, parliament etc all of these were imported from Quranic values. We would be surprised how compatible these western values are with the Quran, if we just study the Quran ourself without listening to any mullah.
This is why Ahmedinejad is a middle class individual, who holds PhD and served as a professor and lecturer in university... Is there such a qualified individual as president in most other muslim country?
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I don't know the shia concept which you talked about, so I cannot comment on the matter, sorry. But I judged it on the basis of what Quran says and the Iranian model is very much compatible with that.
Yes, that's exactly what iran does. The "Experts", guardian council are themselves highly educated in all fields. They give nomination to only those who are highly educated and capable of runing the country, like Ahmedinejad. Only these individuals can run for presidency and then get elected based on the votes of people.
Last edited by King Solomon; 04-20-2012 at 01:50 AM.
Khalifa would neither be Sunni or Shia ... he would be MUSLIM ... these sects are created by men and are not in our religion
Everyone doged the question in arguments over what is a shura what is democracy, the question still remains who gets to be Caliph? If there can never be agreement on who then all the talk of fighting to establish the Caliphat is just so much hot air to get the gulible to go out and die for the profit of others.
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