No Politics in Islam?

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“Aiman, you talk about politics. You are not a true da’ie!”

True story.

Da’ie and Politics

“Da’ie” means someone who invites to Islam.

First of all, I don’t call myself a “da’ie”. I don’t call myself “Da’ie Aiman”, like it’s some kind of prestigious title. I’m just “Aiman” and I do my best to invite people to Islam. Second of all, I don’t talk about politics a whole lot. I don’t have a lot of knowledge about it, so I focus more on other things.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t care about politics. Politics ain’t just for old people in coffee shops. What? You think politics only affect them?

Think again.

Islam and Politics

Now apparently, a lot of people (even Muslims!) think that politics is something that is separate from Islam i.e. there is no politics in Islam.

That is absolute garbage. Not just any garbage, it’s stinky garbage. It’s so stinky, flies die when they go near it.

Muslim scholars (like Dr. Yusuf Qardhawi for example) wrote books on Islamic politics. Not one chapter in a book, but a whole book just on politics! So how can one say that there is no politics in Islam? You gotta be kidding me.

Just because Islam is absent in today’s politics, doesn’t mean that politics is absent in Islam altogether. Just because a tool is not being used, doesn’t mean that the tool is not there.

Maybe a person doesn’t see the tool.

Or worse, the person sees it but refuses to use it.

Or worst of the worse, the person sees it, uses it, but abuses it.