The Islamic view towards tactical Political slogans
Sayyed Fadlullah: We need politicians and slogans that are frank, transparent and righteous, since the political volatility has corrupted both the voter and the political life itself.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question : How do you view The Islamic view towards tactical Political slogans?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam has always
emphasized that defining any political goal should be based on
the Islamic doctrine, being an instrument that aims to change
the current state in a society towards an Islamic conception of
life that provides justice and happiness to man.
Therefore, it is
imperative that this slogans should be as clear as the Islamic
concepts. It could not be made to serve specific and temporary
goals, for it would hurt the purity of the Islamic concepts.
In this respect, the
problem is that the Islamic issues are being exploited turning into
a commodity in the political market that boasts the image of
politicians. Such an attitude will mean, on the long run, that the
Islamic concepts will no longer maintain their purity and
authenticity in the eyes of the public; for example exploiting the
concept of religious duty in the political front, will weaken its
strength in the conscience of believers.
But this does not mean
that we do not want the people to be Islamically aware so as to
choose their representatives on a solid political and ideological
ground. But as we call for necessity of political correctness of any
political slogan, we believe that it ought to remain Islamic and
messianic in its content.
We believe that the
slogan has an educational role that surpasses the stage it isbeing
raised in. It might even transcend the political period it is made
in to the strategic sphere. Any flexibility, although commendable,
should conform to the strategic goals. Hence, it should be the
result of a careful and thorough study of all circumstances, lest it
would have counterproductive results, especially among the Muslim
youth and their idealism.
Moreover, those who
make the slogans should understand should keep in mind that their
slogans might either build the mentality of the coming generations
on solid ground, or opt to use the publicís emotional response to
make them feel that reaching the desired goals is within their
instant reach. In this case when the public will be struck by the
hard facts, they will be confused and even lost.
Thus, we call for the
rationalization of slogans, and for liberating them from any
sectarian fanaticism or political hatred that might burn the entire
The problem we live in
Lebanon and the region lies in the big distance that separates
between the slogan and the practice that turns it into a decoration
or a song that all parties may join hands in building fences that
would hinder its application.
Political practice in
our countries have undermined the political slogans that are raised
by both the Islamists and the secularists. It have undermined the
principles which were sacrificed on the alter of private and
individual interests. As a result, the people have become more
accustomed to corruption and more willing to accept it, since they
have been raised in an environment that only pays lip service to
such big themes, as justice and reform.
This gap between the
purity of the discourse and the slogan, and the haphazardness of the
practice has produced political tragedies, that are being planned to
continue as they are reproduced by the same political elite of
failures whose aim is to plunder the country and secure foreign
tutelage on the one hand, and perpetuating the economic and
political crisis on the other.
We need politicians and
slogans that are frank, transparent and righteous, since the
political volatility has corrupted both the voter and the political