Question: I am a Muslim deeply involved in American politics. However the Muslims I go to school with are trying to convince me that it is haraam (strictly forbidden). They tell me such clichéd things as we must only govern by Allah's laws; that there is no room for compromise in Islam, and that we must have a Caliphate. Please explain to me what my response should be.Read the whole thing here.
Answer: Actually, it is jihad — to effect change in the way of Allah inside the prevalent structures..."
The interesting thing is that they don't try to hide this. It's right out in the open for everyone to see, written in English. It's just politics, right? This is a democracy. It's okay to get involved in politics and try to push for change. But of course, to us kafirs, it has a whole different feel, doesn't it?
They will keep pressing, wherever they are, and in whatever way they can, for "change in the way of Allah," and they'll do it inside the prevalent structures (until they can change those structures). How can this relentless encroachment be stopped? We will probably not get any large numbers of people putting up any major resistance to their encroachment until more people feel the cold fear of grasping some basic Islamic ideas. At that point, we've already got plenty of good ideas.