Is Islam contrary to democracy?

Abu-Bakr and Umar, may God have been pleased with them, were nominated by the Sahaaba (disciples of the Prophet, peace be upon him) and unanimously voted for by them. None of the public objected or challenged the vote because they all trusted the Sahaaba with their lives. The Shia didn’t exist yet.

When Umar, may God have been pleased with him, was on his death bed, he nominated six people and asked the Sahaaba to select one of them. One of these great people was Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Awf, may God have been pleased with him. He withdrew himself from the selection and volunteered to go door-to-door to collect votes for one of the five remaining. That’s democracy, ain’t it? The vote tallied for Uthman, may God have been pleased with him.

Muslims did not stick to the democratic method for selecting the leader though but the example pioneered by Umar, may God have been pleased with him, remains a precedent for all Muslims to follow.

There is nothing in Islam that causes it to be incompatible with the West. What Islam is incompatible with is sin and blasphemy. Those who claim that Islam and the West are on a collision course are the ones who want to sin and blaspheme without anybody to stop them.

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