The Problem with Islamists- Palestine example

There are many problems with the Islamists.

One of them is their lack of recognition of the nation state. Their goal is the implementation of Sharia on society.

If any foreign power rules over with Sharia- then this power is more legitimate than a Palestinian national secular authority. Sharia is above everything else- nation, country, language, customs, traditions, etc.

This explains the relationship/coexistence of Hamas and Israel up to the beginning of the Intifada. Some observers note that Israel nurtured or at least looked away when Hamas was being formed and activated in the hope it weakens the PLO and injects conflict into the Palestinian movement.

To Hamas, with its origins and political ideology rooted in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, secular rule is unIslamic/Kufr [some Muslims scholars have challenged labeling secular rule as Kufr- Ali Abd al Raziq and lately Imam Ali Al Ameen of Tyre in Lebanon], whether it is Israel or the PLO/PA that is ruling. From an Islamist point of view, having a secular Palestinian governmet is not an improvement over the Israeli rulers.

The Islamists cite the verse that reads that those who do not govern by Sharia are kafiroon/infidels. This is the Mulsim Brotherhood concept of al Hakimiya, which means the supremacy of Sharia as a governing set of laws/rules. Kafiroon are also the rulers that do not apply the Sharia regardless whether the rulers are Muslim by religion/faith or not. [Sharia is Muslim scholar made common law and not the rigid unambigious laws it is believed/promoted to be]

The irony is that the goal of the Palestinian national movement was return of the refugees and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Neither goal is a particularly Islamic/Islamist one. They are both quintessentially secular.


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