Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, 1991

Ayman al-Zawahiri

“[D]emocracy is a man-made infidel religion, devised to give the right to legislate to the masses—as opposed to Islam, where all legislative rights belong to Allah Most High: He has no partners. In democracies, however, those legislators [elected] from the masses become partners worshipped in place of Allah. Whoever obeys their laws [ultimately] worships them.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 130.

Ayman al-Zawahiri