There are two aspects to Islamic
Because of misunderstandings, people are often unduly apprehensive of what is meant by the establishment of Islamic
For example, alcohol and gambling are prohibited in Islam (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:220), and if the
As far as the wine is concerned, you can remind them that, “Even without religion you have imposed restrictions in this very country on the whole society despite the fact that almost the entire society believed in drinking. So why are you worried? If a restriction is imposed on public drinking by Ahmadis, if they come to power, you gave this right to your own people in the past, why can’t you give this right in future to Ahmadis, while they would only come to power when they are in majority, and they would also have some justifications.” There won’t be just one general rules imposed, but for every decision, there would have to be some backing, either from the teachings of the Quran or from the social values. So nobody has any fear from us. America went dry once in history during the(Question Answer Session, Aug 2, 1985).
puritanage, and England went dry, and they didn’t mind, despite the fact that majority wanted to drink, yet a very small minority imposed their own will in the name of public welfare. So the question of public welfare when opposed to the liberties becomes a very complex question and you can’t deny the existence of such a value as public welfare.
What we presently see in United States law is the same as that which Islamic law teaches. For example, if the majority of the people of the State of California are of the opinion that capital punishment should be implemented, then that law is also imposed on the minority of the people in California who are opposed to it. The responsibility of government is to represent the majority and protect the minority. Universally in every democracy, laws are to be enacted that represent the ideals of the majority, but they are applied equally to both the majority and minority. The establishment of Islamic
The laws of the
To get a clearer picture of how the
Now there again is a very clear dividing line. Islam has injunctions of two types, one [is] entirely religious, which(Question Answer Session, Aug 2, 1985).
appl( ies) only to those who believe in Islam and not at all to non-believers, and they are not imposed upon them. And there are also aspects of Islamic teachings which are generally to be applied to [the] whole, every human situation… Religion does not come into [the] picture there. Moral teachings in the name of states or in the name of a society, whatever name you give, remain moral teachings, and they are established facts of human experience. Wherever you go, some moral restrictions are made to save society from the individual and individual from the society, religion doesn’t come into [the] picture. So those rules of Islam which belong to this region will only be applicable when a Muslim state comes into being. And when they are applied, they would be applied equally to both Muslims and non-Muslims.
Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta said:
There are certain injunctions pertaining to the law and order of a country. Such injunctions relate to(Question Answer Session, May 17, 1985)
humanrelationship regardless of the religion. Such injunctions of wider application would be extended to the non-Muslims as well.
Hudur rta wrote:
The substance of this study is that Islam propounds a completely neutral central government in which the matters of statecraft are common and equally applicable to all subjects of the state and religious differences are allowed to play no part(Islam’s Response to Contemporary Issues, p. 242).
Whatever Criminal Laws that the majority population of a Muslim state enacts apply to all citizens, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. This is the same as how Criminal Laws enacted by any secular state apply to the entire population.
In cases of criminal law, there would not be any difference in how the laws are applied to people of different religions. Hadrat Khalifatul- Masih IV rta was asked, “If you decide to have different legislation; legislation for the Hindus, the Christians and so on, I think it would be very disturbing in the society.” Hudur rta answered:
Exactly, that is what I am saying. I am not proposing that every political government should have(Shari‘ah Relationship Between Religion and Politics in Islam, p. 30)
a paraphernaliaof legislation applicable to different religions. It’s not possible. It’s not practical.
However, there is an exception if one’s own
So that shows that an option can still be given to them, if their own teaching is harder and harsher in treatment, it’s not necessarily to be imposed upon them. They should be given a choice to opt for(Question Answer Session, May 17, 1985).
a betterteaching, a morelenient and more flexible teaching like Islam.
The establishment of