Shaykh (Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) on Democracy & Elections

Shaykh (RA) has extensively refuted Democracy in many of his writings. Shaykh (Mufti) Rasheed Ahmed Ludhyanwi (RA) has written a 64 page booklet entitled “Hakeemul-Ummat Kay Siyasi Afkaar (political thoughts of Hakeemul-Ummah)” which can be read in Volume 6 of Ahsanul-Fatawa under Kitaabul-Jihad (Book of Jihad).

I will only translate the funny quotes.

“…People have invented a new criterion for the truth; they believe that majority is always right. Brothers! This may be true in some cases but you have to check and see whose opinion is majority! Ignorant laymen? If that’s the case then how come Sayyidina Huda (AS) discarded the opinion of his entire nation and continued steadfastly on Tawheed? Why did he risk the enmity of the entire nation? That’s because the opinion of the entire nation was based on total ignorance…”

Source: Fadhail-e-Ilm wal-Khashiyya

“…Maulana Mohammad Hussain Ilahbadi (RA) had told Sir Syed Ahmed Khan that these decision which you make based on majority are indeed decisions of foolishness because it is naturally accepted that there are more fools in this world then people of intellect. Therefore, majority verdicts are based on sheer stupidity…”

Source: Taqleel Al-Ikhilaat Maa’al-Anaam

…”First of all majority is a collection of fools so their congregation is in itself a gathering of fools and then the foolishness is compounded by making them accept an opinion i.e. they are taught that we will ask this and you should reply in this way, just like an attorney teaches and makes the witnesses practise (parrot fashion)…”

Source: Taqleel Al-Ikhilaat Maa’al-Anaam

…Thus Islam has no place for Democratic government instead Islam has rule by an individual (Khilafah)…

Source: Ahsanul-Fatawa

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