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Debating shura and democracy among British Muslim organizations

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Keywords: Shura, Democracy, Hizbut Tahrir, Tablighi Jama’at, Muslim Council of Britain

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Shuraas the system of representation of the Muslim’ s voice in, typically , the Islamic state is often confronted with the West representation system namely Democracy . Some Islamic scholars believe that Shura is still the best system for Muslims to vote for their need in the state. However , as Islam is not a monolithic doctrine, some other Muslim groups have another alternative view to represent their political opinion to the state by , surprisingly , practicing democracy . In brief, Shurais still placed God instructions as the reference of all decisions which are made in the council. Otherwise, democracy merely stands its policy on the people. Both systems have a long tradition processes to find their recent way in this global age. And the British Muslims have to realize that they live in a developed country like Britain and still have to be Muslim. Giving challenging condition, Hizbut T ahrir , T ablighi Jama’at, and Muslim Council of Britain, three prominent Muslim Organizations in England, have different attitude towards democratic Britain to voice their representation. On the one hand, Hizbut Tahrir strictly rejects the idea of democracy as its goal is to establish the Islamic Caliphate in the world. And on another hand, Tablighi Jama’at tends to stay away from the political issue, including its representation, as the core of this organization is only preaching in a peaceful way . Finally , Muslim Council of Britain as the umbrella of small-medium Muslim organizations in England, in fact is involving in the system of British democracy .

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