Our Political Vision
By Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi:
We should remember that the worst tyrants of the Arab World in our modern history did not rule in the name of Islam but in the name of secularism and democracy. Their first victims were not the secularists but Muslims who were suppressed and Islamic movements which were banned.
Why then are “Islamists” feared and prevented from reaching power. It was not “Islamists” who supported these oppressive regimes; rather the secularists, while the “democratic” world is helping these regimes stop the Islamic tide and applauding them: France supported Ben Ali in Tunisia; the USA supported Mubarak in Egypt; and the EU supported Assad’s regime. It is high time we proved that Islam is more tolerant towards its opponents than the fake democracies of the West which protect the secular and eliminate the religious under the claims of fighting extremism.
All we are doing is replacing one alleged extremism by another already proven extremist. It is time for Islam to present its vision and solutions to the political, social and economic crises in the Islamic World. For anyone who is trying to predict the future of the Middle East, I say, wait to see the Islamic choice being embraced by our people as the only guarantee to a better future. To all of that we see the start coming from Syria.