HT publication, March 25, 1996

“However, it is not allowed for a Muslim to express any opinion that contradicts Islam, whether regarding the Islamic creed or anything emanating from it. Accordingly, he is not allowed to call for the ‘liberation of women,’ or Nationalism, or Patriotism, or Regionalism, or a Kufr principle like Capitalism or Socialism, or indeed any idea that contradicts Islam. Therefore, it is not allowed for Muslims to adopt the freedom of opinion which the Capitalists call for. Everything that is initiated by a Muslim should be confined by the Shar’ia.”Hizb ut-Tahrir, “The American Campaign to Suppress Islam,” (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 28;

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

“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.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“Cooperation with the West against what they call Islamic extremism [or ‘fundamentalism,’ ‘radicalism’], whether it’s performed by one word, or a declaration, or any other manner, either directly or indirectly, is apostasy from the religion of Allah Most High… whoever refuses the principle of terror[ism] against the enemy also refuses the commandment of Allah the Exalted, the Most High, and His sharia.”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 54.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, Date Undetermined

“[R]egarding which shared understandings, exactly, is it possible that we agree with the immoral West?  The secular West, which does not practice any religion—this the intellectuals claim we hold things in common with!  What commonalities, if our foundations contradict, rendering useless the shared extremities—if they even exist?  For practically everything valued by the immoral West is condemned under sharia law… the issues most prominent in the West revolve around secularism, homosexuality, sexuality, and atheism. So what shared aspects are we to advance dialogue over in order to make for ‘a better place for us all’?”Raymond Ibrahim, trans., The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 37-38.

Zakir Naik, Date unknown

“Western society claims to have uplifted women. On the contrary, it has actually degraded them to the status of concubines, mistresses, and society butterflies who are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketers….”Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, “India: The Notorious Dr. Zakir Naik,” The Gatestone Institute, July 2, 2010,