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I have recently been reading up about the aspects of Italian culture for my course. Among other things, I have read the historical aspect as well as the cultural aspect of life from authors such as Bocaccio, Machiavelli, Pico, and studying the life and notes of Da Vinci.

This leads me to express my thoughts on a very sensitive subject. Back then, the Church held temporal powers and attributed its clutch on these powers as a divine right. Just like the divine right to talk about the message of God. I will not get into the historical aspects of the political aspect here and try to back up my understanding which will be evident from reading.

However, the law that is considered Islamic, or as we now refer to this as “Islamization,” it leads me to think of the true nature of politics in Islam, and religion in general. There is no demoracy when it comes to God. God gives you a command and you either follow or you don’t. A follower of God (of whichever religion) finds no flaws in His commands and does not challenge them by means of court or parliamentary debate. The laws governing an Islamic government should ideally be called “best practices” or policies. Politics and government is not an inherent component of Islam as a religion, but as Muslims, nation-states may choose to implement laws based on best practices derived from Islamic teaching.

What I am trying to say, I believe, is that while I see that temporal power is a right of the Church (in the 13th-15th centuries), in Islam there were recommended guidelines concerning nation-state law, and it was no divine right.

A country may choose to be capitalist or communist. Similarly it may choose to be an Islamic republic, implementing recommended Islamic practices.

N.B. Islam allows for non-muslims to be governed under their respective laws, trade and consume items permitted under their religion, as well be free to choose.

I hope this makes sense and someone can talk about this.

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I do not know how many of the people in North America (and the wider world for that matter) are aware of the fact that Pakistan had banned YouTube from being accessed in the country. Other than reasons that have been mentioned on various online news syndicates, there remains speculation as to what happened.

Some claim the ban was initiated due to very offensive motion images against Islam. Pakistan, being an Islamic state, may have proceeded to enforce the ban to protect the image of Islam. On the other side of the coin, the ban may have been enforced to protect the Pakistani Muslims from being angered by the video clip and therefore rioting. Maybe this was done to protect the Dutch from causing another worldwide scene of hate and anger.

Some say the government banned YouTube because it had videos which were against the government, making parodies of many. There is a particular video of Musharraf and Bhutto which shows them in bad light. It is morally incorrect according to myself and many like-minded individuals to show a deceased person in bad light. But here’s the video:

What I want to focus on, however, is the former reason and incorporate the notion of democracy. Pakistan is an independant, democratic nation and as such, free speech is encouraged so long as it does not cause harm or terrorism and hatred. The video, along with the blasphemous cartoons of the Holy Prophet did stir worldwide controversy in which the muslim nation went through a considerable amount of suffering. Many as well as this blog here claim that this was just freedom of speech. We need to understand that our understanding of freedom may differ from people in the east, in the middle east, and even down south. How can we then discount this notion of range of meanings in a world which is increasingly becoming more globalized? Have we all forgotten tolerance? And when was Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or Bhuddism shown in bad light? Christians may be called sinners as they knowingly sent the Prophet Jesus Christ to the cross. Yet not all of us would think this way. Even the Papal institution runs a city completely under its eccentric law. Do we then call this Christianization? Like Islamization? What do these words even mean?

Please do not get me wrong. This is not a controversy I am trying to stir up, I would merely like people to understand the duality of meanings of words and notions.

What do we do now?


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Born in Karachi, Pakistan in an Adventist hospital, I grew up in a city where on one side I experienced poverty and oppression, while on the other I had the good fortune of Tabish Bhimani being a member of an upper middle-class business family...more...

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