Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

 

The Muslim Anarchist Charter asserts that:

  • I am Muslim (لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله);
  • I am anti-authoritarian;
  • I am a socialist;
  • I am a pacifist.
I weave these four strands of my self into a single identity by:
  • exploring a concept of spirituality that combines a belief in an immanent, merciful deity with a moral outlook that invites each of us to face the world with honesty and clarity but respond to it with loving kindness and forgiveness;
  • embracing a commitment to active learning in all its forms (including learning by experience) where such learning takes into account how knowledge is shaped by power, be it academic, judicial, religious, scientific or political knowledge;
  • rejecting any singular definition of the human or the human condition in favour of a critical engagement with lived realities, whilst expressing solidarity with all those people who find themselves marginalised or oppressed;
  • believing societies governed by non-violent socialist principles and participatory decision making are likely to prove the most just and fair for humankind, and working towards establishing a peaceful, democratic, socialist world;
  • recognizing that injustice and social inequality is multidimensional, such that Islamophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, and neurelitist prejudices are discursive, structural, and historical, as well as being mutually co-constitutive;
  • engaging in individual and collective non-violent direct action that aims to emancipate individuals and communities, and protect them from oppression and exploitation by institutions and individuals who occupy positions of power;
  • affirming creativity, including creative writing, as something that is both of value in itself and a vital tool for effecting change through progressively challenging presumptions, prejudices, and taboos within contemporary culture.
anarcho akbarAs a Muslim Anarchist, I want to put an end to:
  • anthropogenic climate change;
  • political violence, neoliberalism, and imperialism;
  • racism and prejudice, including Islamophobia, sexism, classism, homophobia and neurelitism.

Revised 15th Safar, 1438 AH, 15 November 2016  

 

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