Government means a central superordinating power that is, more than anything else, responsible for the following things: Law and order in the land it governs and safety and security and opportunity for its people.
Governments are instituted and put in place by the People to guarantee for the People the “inalienable” Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, as Thomas Jefferson phrased it in the American Declaration of Independence.
Or the right to the security of person and property, as some other sources may state it.
Governments that are instituted and put in place by the People through fair, free and transparent elections for the attainment of these public purposes are legitimate and lawful.
And those governments that are not so openly and freely instituted by the free and un-coerced choice of the People lack legitimacy and lawfulness.
So, the question is, how does a government act once it comes into power – after the People have elected it and put it in place?
Is the government busy providing for its people the most essential services on which every society depends, and without which no society can really exist, function and prosper, such as hospitals, schools and adequate job opportunities?
Or is the government squandering the People’s resources and wealth in wasteful and unproductive activities?
And in the pursuit of fake and phantom glories, to fuel and enhance its own re-election prospects, while “the residents and citizens wither away,” as someone recently put it?
How Peaceful Is Peaceful?
Right to Self-Defense Guaranteed by Civilized World
Turning the Other Cheek
As for Aggression, It Is an Absolute No, No in Islam
What Should Muslims Say Then?
Muslims of the Qur’an: A Thinking, Reasoning, Smart Kind of People
Muslim Mission on Earth
When God wants something to happen, he just says “Be!” and it happens.
That is the ultimate Rule by Decree.
It is Rule by Royal Fiat.
That is because God is King.
And that is because God is the Owner and the Master and ...
The current turmoil in the Middle East is not about jobs and bread. It is about the fight of the people of the Middle East for their basic humanity, liberty and dignity.
And Middle East will be free from its Colonial ...
But when we make ourselves blind to injustice and deaf to truth, and play dumb when we must speak out, then the world catches up with us and God’s justice takes its own course.
As someone said:
First they came for the ...
Men and women of Egypt!
Innocent tiny little tots of Egypt!
Young and old youth of Egypt!
Muslims and Christians of Egypt!
Congratulations to you all!
And may God shower you all with his love and grace!
And he has done so already, indeed. For, ...
Truth: More than a Cure for Common Cold
Traders of Truth
Truth Is Light
Truth Is God
Truth about Islam and Muslims
Islam and Muslims in the West
A Premium on Truth
Islam Is Leadership
Islamic Government is not a theocracy. For, there are no priests or clergymen in Islam.
It is not even a government by the pious and the virtuous. For, that is what led to the Salem Witch Burnings.
Simply put, Islamic Government is government ...
“When a society loses truly free, fearless and independent media, it is not long before basic human rights and political freedoms in that society take their leave. When media become a mouthpiece – no, make it bullhorns – for government ...
“It is August 2010. And it is also the month of Ramadan – 1431 – during which Muslims everywhere fast the entire day.
Pakistan, we are told, is having the worst floods of its 60-year history, with 20 million reported victims. And ...
“When I hear some super-special Muslims talk about implementing the Shari’ah Law in Muslim societies – whatever they mean by it – I feel like saying to them – and I have done so on some occasions: “Absolutely! How about we ...
“Want to build a better world? Here is what we need to do — every single one of us:
Love our neighbours; and our societies and our communities; and Muslims and non-Muslims — and the whole world.
Elect the best rulers we ...
"Democracy, people say, is “Government of the People, by the People.” At least that is how Abraham Lincoln defined it in his Gettysburg Address in 1963.
And that is a pretty good definition too. But is that all there is to ...