In many Muslim majority nations, monarchies, brutal military, dictators or religious extremists force free people to confess and practice a government-approved version of faith that they call Islam.& These self-righteous terrorists and tyrants want to subdue Muslims and non-Muslims alike.& These enemies of freedom use their handpicked Imams to issue fatwas to validate their tyranny. Unfortunately, most of these Imams’ values, and fatwas that have never been subjected to the scrutiny of a free press, are accepted as truly Islamic values in many Muslim societies.& Under many such regimes, women cannot drive, own a business, or even acquire the most rudimentary education.& In countries such as Saudi Arabia, religious police whip and herd the common people like camels into mosques during prayer time.& When women become victims of torture and honour killing in the name of Islam, these Imams, kings and generals ignore or declare these atrocities to be isolated incidents.& They claim that Islam and Muslims are protected under their “just” rule.
Muslims are quick to condemn non-Muslim societies for their human right violations.& However, they are often silent when it comes to the abuse of innocent women and other members of Muslim society.& In such a sad state of Muslim society, many Muslims blindly dream of a utopian “Islamic government”, in much the same way as Christians anticipate the “Kingdom of God.” Unfortunately, this idea of “Islamic government” is a myth created by the power-hungry to subdue Muslims and non-Muslims alike to benefit exclusively those who rule.& The Qur’an unambiguously exposes the tyrants’ forgery of Islam.
The Qur’an states: “Say (Muhammad, it is) truth from the Lord of you all.& Whosoever will, let him believe and whosoever will, let him disbelieve” (Qur’an 18: 29) “And so, [O Prophet,] exhort them; thy task is only to exhort: thou cannot compel them to believe."(Qur’an: 21-22).& “O Prophet.!?Thy duty is not more than to deliver the message; and the reckoning is Ours.” (Qur’an 13:40).
These verses teach that an atmosphere of safety and liberty is an absolute necessity to the development of faith in the heart.& These verses demand that Muslims guarantee freedom and safety for all.& Moreover, the “reckoning” belongs to God only.& Therefore, if a governments or an Imams’ Fatwas demand public obedience and submission, such an enforced, outward appearance of obedience is not faith.& Tyrants have no means to know what is in the heart of the individual thus subdued.& When a government enforces religion, the control is over the body not over the soul. The Qur’an rejects such tyranny over the body: “It is not your meat or blood that reach Allah: It is the fealty of your heart that reaches Him” (Qur’an 22:37).
The Qur’an states: “We sent down the Torah which contains guidance and light?Later, in the train of Prophets We send Jesus, son of Mary, confirming the Torah which has been sent down before him, and gave him the Gospel containing guidance and light. ?Unto to you [O Muhammad] this writ (Koran) and a way and a pattern of life, confirming what were revealed before?Unto everyone of you have We appointed a different law and way of life.& And if God had so willed He could surely have you all made one single community professing one faith.& But He wished to try you and test you.& So try to excel in good deeds” (Qur’an: 5:44-48).
Therefore, the very existence of different kinds of faith and religion contesting one another in acts of good work is the will of God. Hence, freedom without the enforcement of conformity in religious matters is Islamic.& The so-called Islamic governments of the self-righteous violate Qur’anic principles and tyrannize people of all faith including Muslims.