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It takes a nation to protect the nation

An ideology may be political, religious, or even purely philosophical.  These categories are not exclusive. So, for example, Western Secular Democracy is a nearly completely a political ideology, thanks to the formal separation of Church and State starting from the Reformation. Islam is a political ideology with religious components (in the ration 80%-20% respectivley, according to Bill Warner).

It is extremely difficult to define metrics which would allow us to judge what is a purely religious ideology, but it is important to know this, since many exemptions and privileges are given to 'religion' in Western societies.  However, it is much easier to define the characteristics of a political system. Therefore, this document defines 7 characteristics which may be used to qualify an ideology as political.

An ideology is identified as political, as it acquires its own:

  1. Representation by Political Party: Seems obvious, but for example, Buddhists do not have their own political party
  2. System of Government: with a hierarchical delegation of control (Caliph, Ulemma and Umma)
  3. System of Law: which at least covers criminal and civil acts and statements (Sharia Law)
  4. Command & Control Centres:
    (CCC) normally large and permanent, from which the organisation is able to exert control over the people and the surrounding territory. An entire network of these may be used to control the whole country. For example, there are now 1400 Islamic CCC in the UK.(CCC) from which local people & institutions are controlled (Masjid)
  5. Recognisable Dress Code or Insigniaby this means members of the group can recognise each other in any location, and act together with greater force than disparate individuals (Hijab and Burqa for women, and beard / keffiyeh / etc for men).
  6. Finance and Tax System: controls the economy and extracts revenue for the ideology (Shara Finance)
  7. Indoctrination System: to inculcate children (Madrassa) and make new converts (Dawa).

In Islam, some of these components even have their own Islamic names (please tell me of any names I've missed out.

Point 1 is the idea of a Muslim politician and an Islamic political party.  Sure, there are parties like the Christian Democrats in Europe, but the word Christian in their title is, as far as I know, a historical legacy, not a statement of ideological position.  People like Tony Blair said they were a Christian, but rigorously removed any Christian sentiment when making political decisions (so was relieved when no longer Prime Minister, to convert to Catholicism).  Even politicians who confess to being active Christians, will tend to only let their faith influence a small number of the decisions they have to face, like abortion and marriage.  All the rest, like health, taxation, defence, police, etc, fall under the same winds of political influence for them, that the secularists have.  

Buddhist politicians don't go around campaigning for everyone to meditate every day and walk around with their right shoulder bared.  In fact the very term 'Buddhist politician' jars on ones intellect as an oxymoron: there are politicians that are Buddhist, yes, but a politician who supports Budslamic doctrine, well that's really hard to imagine, if you see what I mean there.  Yet you know politicians who support Islamic doctrine, in fact who boast that its their whole raison d'etre.

Item 5 regarding dress code is even more stringent than most political movements, in the case of Islam, for Muslims must not even look like kuffar.

It is haraam to imitate the mushrikeen and kuffaar in their manner of dress, so it is not permissible to wear clothing that is unique to the kuffaar. 

It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw ‘Ali wearing two garments dyed with safflower and said: “These are garments of the kuffaar; do not wear them.”

Narrated by Muslim, 2077 

Interestingly enough, Secular Democracy scores 6, whereas Islam scores 7, so Islam qualifies even better as a political ideology than our Western democracies do.  The scoring for Western Secular Democracy is lower because we our society has dropped principle 7 - that of attempting to pass on the principles of the society to its children.

For those who are not familiar with Islamic theory, I will list the correspondences.

  1. System of Government: the Caliphate, classically. The modern system is exemplified by Iran.
  2. System of Law: Sharia Law, which also includes regulations for the tiniest personal actions
  3. Command and Control Centres: Mosques, of which every other political organisation should be jealous
  4. Military Theory: for example, the concept of the use of Terror to make the enemy feel defeated, or the use of lying in order to win, and many other concepts learned by Mohammed from his  84 battles, and by Islam in its many subsequent wars of conquest.
  5. Civil Enforcement Group: In Iran, for example - the Basijis, the motorbike riding thugs that break up any anti-government demo.  In the UK, you have people like Lord Ahmed forcing the House of Lords into submission by threatening to bring 10,000 Muslim men onto the streets from the surrounding mosques.
  6. Finance and Tax System: This is Sharia Finance as a financial system, but there is also a taxation component in the Halal food market
  7. Indoctrination System: This is well developed in Islam, through Madrasas which strongly indoctrinate Islam into the children.  For the non-Muslim there is a big push on Dawa, with funding from Islamic states and lawfare used to suppress dissenting voices.

These measurements will infuriate various leftist groups that wish to mask the political agendas of Islam under a confusing fog of mixed messages.  However, it will come as no surprise to Muslims, who are very proud that Islam is a 'complete system', which covers all of society and all of personal life, from the private spiritual life of the individual, to the public operation of the entire society.  They reject the notion of  a separation of Church and State, and in truth, there is a paradoxical element to the latter concept - but not enough to justify its abandonment.

© Alan Lake (2012)

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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

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These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
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An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

  • Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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