Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has promised to bury the current system and bring in its place the system of the Holy Prophet PBUH.
This is a highly misleading statement but one which needs to be discussed in detail so that we may stop this mockery of our religion.
References to revered religious figures and their principles is a common technique. Jesus Christ is invoked as the prophet of love and religion by all of the west.
Thomas Jefferson is said to have written a book on the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ. In India Mohandas Gandhi invoked the name of Rama for Ram Rajya which was supposed to mean “just rule”.
Similarly during the Pakistan movement Jinnah invoked on occasion Islamic principles of equality, fraternity and justice to convince his followers that modern democracy was intrinsic to Islam.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a remarkable figure and clearly the most influential figure in history. His immutable principles were honesty, integrity and sincerity of purpose. The immutable principle of Islam was social justice. These are principles that are as useful today as they were in any time in human history.
It is disturbing however when Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of Nawaz Sharif speaks of burying the current system and replacing it with the system brought 1400 years ago. The truth is that Islam’s immutable principles cannot be limited to a system. Essential Islamic principles regulate individuals who then are free to form systems suited to their time. Given the sordid history of the 15th Amendment, Shahbaz Sharif is well advised to stay away from this confusion vis a vis system and principles. Even in the period of the rightly guided Caliphate, the system was fluid, changing its shape according to times which is why each succession/election was through a different method.
So what does “system” denote and more importtantly what is it that people really mean when they speak of an Islamic system? The masses mean an egalitarian classless society based on social justice. Therefore the political system need not be buried, it is the rigid class system which stands in the way of the true lessons of Islam.