Like most if not all ‘Muslim’ politicians, the notion of being Muslim is one that is advertised only if it serves some political utility such as identifying with voters or playing the point woman/man on diversity. To be fair, no Muslim politician, and in actuality we mean Asian politician, actually claims to represent the faith or be driven by a strong sense of Islamic morality; in fact given both the rise in Islamophobic sentiment and halfwits misrepresenting the shari’ah on national television, to admit an adherence to faith-based ethics wouldn’t fare well with the general electorate. Furthermore, most if not all Asian politicians tend to identify rather more with their ethnic backgrounds; Baroness Warsi is a good example of a politician who strongly identifies with her Pakistani background, to the extent that she periodically adorns the traditional shalwar kameez at formal political occasions.
Muhammad Nizami has written a very interesting piece on the islamicat.co.uk website on the difference between being a Muslim and being a politician in the UK who happens to be a Muslim.
Do these politicians need to shun their religious teaching to climb the political ladder? Is Islam compatible with political life?
Read the full article here.