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Mutual Consultation in the NOBLE QURAN - Cornerstone of Democracy


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« on: November 07, 2014, 08:00:12 am »

That's beautifully put Sister Ruhi.  You must have been a spectacular student in your uni days  Smiley   The fruitful nature of your thoughts rings a loud bell.  As we look around the globe today, so-called idealogues are on two extremes. As under Western regimes, the manipulation of democracy has distorted it into a useful toolkit for misinformation and implantation.  In dictatorial regimes all complaints against the government are completely muted often with harsh punishments.   The fine articulation with which you stated you views illustrates the true middle path and the utilization of an axiom in a way so that a society can derive its benefits, not its detriments; for indeed every positive concept if overstretched or utilized  parsimoniously  or not utilized at all is bound to have its downside.



A question I would like to put here because I don't understand how historians claim that - why are the ancient Greek rulers dubbed as the supposed pioneers of democracy?  Weren't they largely an autocratic lot?


Your question is just as insightful as your comments and very much worth a response for the benefit of our guests in particular. 

Modern historians often look upon the Greeks as the founders of democracy for two reasons - their lack of knowledge of the Quran or their bias against the Quran.  When they refer to the Greeks, they allude to Socrates.  But what Socrates said in approximately 400 BC was not in line with mutual consultation as underscored in the Noble Quran.  Instead Socrates' approach was combative rather than suggestive.  Greek politicians in that era were thoroughly domineering for whom the seat of power was symbolic of their birthright rather than a sense of responsibility or commitment to serving the people.  According to reports, Socrates harshly belittled the government of Athens for their ambitions exceeding their abilities by exposing their vices in public.   Thereafter, he was tried, found guilty of provoking the masses and put to death by poisoning.  His perception was right but his modus operandi was such that it gave rise to the fear of revolt in the minds of the powerful.  Of course that was an era of complete political autocracy with NO ideas of mutuality or reciprocity even in the remotest sense.  To initiate the process of transfer from autocracy to democracy, the first step must involve recommendation of mutual relations rather than confrontation which is bound to result in persecution by the ruling class.   Socrates prioritized his approach incorrectly and thus failed. His move primarily involved displeasure and rebellion which was not the invention of a system.  The Quran, on the other hand, while mentioning of "mutual consultation" constructs the system of democracy itself.  Revolt can be justified (which can be interpreted from the Verse of "Amr bin al Maruf" - 3:104) after all parleys have failed.
 
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