Anti-Democracy

Anwar al-Awlaki, Former Senior AQAP Media Official, Summer 2010

Name of Author
Anwar al-Awlaki
Body

“The U.S.'s open corruption takes place at the highest level—that is, [at the level of] the president of the U.S. himself, who has approved a law permitting homosexuals to join the military, a matter that demonstrates the level of degeneration to which this people has sunk.”Steven Stalinsky, “American-Yemeni Al-Qaeda Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Highlights the Role and Importance of Media Jihad, Praises Al-Jazeera TV Journalists and WikiLeaks,” Middle East Media Research Institute, March 15, 2011, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5096.htm.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

Date
Jan. 23, 2005
Name of Author
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Body

“Democracy is based on the freedom to form groups and political parties, etc. regardless of the beliefs, thoughts, and moral standards of these groups. And this is not permissible under the Sharia.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

Date
Jan. 23, 2005
Name of Author
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Body

“Democracy is based on freedom of expression and speech, no matter what the expression is, even if it contains attacks and insults to God and the rules of the religion. In democracy nothing is sacred that cannot be addressed or insulted.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

Date
Jan. 23, 2005
Name of Author
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Body

“Democracy is based on the idea of freedom of religion and creed. Under democracy, a person has the right to believe whatever he pleases, to adopt the faith of his choice, and to revert to any religion whenever he wishes to do so, even if this apostasy leads to the abandonment of the religion of God almighty, to atheism, or the worship of [a false god] other than God. Beyond doubt, this is a matter that is in contradiction of many Sharia texts. A Muslim who reverts from his religion to disbelief shall be sentenced to death under Islam, as is set forth in the Hadith narrated by Bukhari and others: ‘He who exchanges his religion, kill him.’ [The hadith does not say] ‘leave him be.’” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Brotherhood spiritual and intellectual leader, 2000

Date
2000
Name of Author
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Body

“Islam wants this nation to consult with each other, and stand as a united body, so no enemy can penetrate it. This is not what democracy is for. Democracy is a system that can’t solve all societal problems. Democracy itself also can make whatever it wants as lawful, or prohibit anything it does not like. In comparison the Shari’ah as a political system has limits.”Lorenzo Vidino, The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 63.

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Brotherhood spiritual and intellectual leader, 2000

Date
2000
Name of Author
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Body

“As a Muslim society we should adopt it in an Islamic context of a society that seeks to live with its Sharia laws. Our society should abide by what have been made lawful by Allah SW [Subhanahu wa’ta’ala, Glorious and Exalted] and abide by what also made unlawful by him SW [sic]. In comparison democracy, with a slim majority can cancel all laws and rules. It can even eliminate itself with this type of margin. In fact, in some case democracy may become worse than dictatorship.”Lorenzo Vidino, The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 63.

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Mullah Wakil, then-spokesman for the Taliban, 1996

Author
Date
1996
Name of Author
Mullah Wakil
Body

“The Sharia does not allow politics or political parties. That is why we give no salaries to officials or soldiers, just food, clothes, shoes, and weapons. We want to live a life like the Prophet lived 1400 years ago, and jihad is our right. We want to recreate the time of the Prophet, and we are only carrying out what the Afghan people have wanted for the past 14 years.”“The Taliban,” Mapping Militant Organizations, accessed April 21, 2015, http://web.stanford.edu/group/mappingmilitants/cgi-bin/groups/view/367#note15.

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Mustapha Mashour, former General Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, 1981

Date
1981
Name of Author
Mustapha Mashour
Muslim Brotherhood
Body

“Democracy contradicts and wages war on Islam. Whoever calls for democracy means they are raising banners contradicting God’s plan and fighting Islam.”Lorenzo Vidino, The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 58.

Abul Ala Maududi, 1966

Date
1966
Name of Author
Abul Ala Maududi
Body

“None of His [God’s] subjects has the right to arrogate to himself the position of a sovereign rule. Nor is any individual or legislative body competent to make laws according to their own whims and caprices and call upon the subjects of God to follow that law instead of the Law of God. Nor does any government have the right to enforce its own authority in disregard of the Devine Authority and require people to obey its own command irrespective of the Divine injunctions. All these are acts of rebellion: false claims to sovereignty and recognition of these claims both amount to manifest rebellion and those who are guilty of either of these offences are bound to be punished sooner or later.”Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi, “The Road to Peace and Salvation,” U.K.I.M. Dawah Center, accessed April 28, 2016, 10, http://www.teachislam.com/dmdocuments/Maulana_Maududi_The_Road_to_Peace_and_Salvation.pdf.

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On July 23, 2016, two suicide bombers targeted members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority who were demonstrating in Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 97 people and injured 260 others. 

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