Muslims must reject democracy! [Archives:2004/781/Letters to the Editor]

October 14 2004

Kareema Edwards
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I read your paper often and I have lived in Yemen for the last four years. I have been a Muslima (female Muslim) for 12 years being born an American.
I would like to know why the Muslims think “Democracy” is better than the Shariah??? Our law, the Shariah, is the law from Allah and no law is better than what Allah gave us. Maybe people are confused about what Democracy is? If they think that it is the choice of the people to elect their government then they are being mislead. The United States of America, the land that represents and disseminates Democracy, doesn't even have the Democracy that they want everyone else to have. They have the Popular vote and the Electoral College. So if a person wins the popular vote or the Democratic vote they may not win the election because they could lose the electoral vote. This happened the last election between Bush and Gore. By the Democratic vote Gore won but by the electoral college Bush won and so Bush became President. So much for “Democracy”. Even the American people can't figure out how these things happen.
Also, in a Democratic society the laws are made by man not by Allah. Who makes the best laws MAN or Allah??? Man's laws change all of the time but Allah knows what is best for us because He created us and His laws never change.
So, don't encourage what is lower for what is higher by encouraging Democracy. We already have the best law and we should do everything to apply it and keep it.