British Islamic scholar Sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad has said that killing of George Floyd and the subsequent violence show that democracy is not working in the West. Al-Haddad says, “The killing of George Floyd has raised so many debates and questions. When human beings feel that they are powerful, then they will abuse this power, unless they feel that there is another power – or superpower – above them to keep them in awe.” The interview was translated by Memri website.
According to him, democracy is being abused by powerful people, that his idea for “post-democracy” is a merge between democracy and Islam, and that the only solution for abuse of power is submission to Allah. “Democracy is abused by the powerful people within the democratic setup and they are controlling democracy through media, through finance, and through some other influential positions. So democracy is not really working. What we as Muslims believe, what I suggest, is that any power that exists – whether it is political power, financial power, economical power, et cetera – it has to surrender and submit to the superpower, who is Allah,” says Al-Haddad.
“I also recommend that we have a kind of merge between democracy and Islam. This should be the post-democracy idea. There is no solution for the abuse of power except to surrender yourself to the real superpower – Allah,” says Al-Haddad.