The Islamic Perspective on Democracy

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What is our perspective as Muslims in the West on the concept of democracy?

Islam legislates the concept of shūrā (mutual consultation) and teaches us not to be oppressive or totalitarian. It also teaches us to act in the best interests of humanity. We should develop a proper understanding of these concepts and then we should convey these meanings well and teach them to those around us.