On leadership and democracy

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/100636

“DEMOCRACY” popularized by the West is NOT the democracy established by Rasulullah (s.a.w.) in his time. After his demise, the monarchists (now called Shi’ite Muslims) insisted that subsequent Amirs should come from the blood line of the Prophet himself. As best we know, the Prophet (s.a.w.) did not sanction this royal system of choosing leaders, rather he nominated Abu Bakr and left the decision open to CONSENSUS of the Companions (r.a.).

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