Few would identify Islam and libertarianism, but one man is determined to see that change. Shakhs Zayif, Muslim thinker and theologian, believes that the ideals of jihad, or the struggle, and freedom can coexist and potentially morph into a single philosophy.
“With a libertarian’s ideal of maximum freedom, and Jihad’s ideal of protecting the practice of our faith, we can create an ideology of true religious freedom” stated Zayif.
The thinker said he was inspired when he stumbled upon a copy of economist Murray Rothbard’s Egalitarianism As A Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays. The contents of the book inspired him, but none more so than Rothbard’s description of the Non-Aggression Principle which is as follows:
“No one may threaten or commit violence (‘aggress’) against another man’s person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a nonaggressor. Here is the fundamental rule from which can be deduced the entire corpus of libertarian theory.”
“Rothbard’s Non-Aggression Principle fits perfectly with Jihad as it is based on self-defense and Jihad only calls for self-defense against Muslim persecution and restrictions on faith,” explained Zayif “since self-defense is the only admissible aggression in the [NAP], it makes our mission against non-believers work within a libertarian framework.”
Zayif is a fundamentalist Muslim and considers European and American culture to be a corrupting threat to his religious views, and thus makes attacks a response to aggression. “Their immoral behavior necessitates that we defend ourselves.”
He didn’t seem to feel there was any contradiction with there being a lack of force to retaliate towards and explained “the NAP states that a threat is a form of aggression and Western culture is most certainly a threat to the Muslim way of life. Obviously, we’re just defending ourselves.”
When asked about other libertarians ideas he agreed with he responded “freedom of movement was another aspect that I have become particularly fond of. It should be the right of every Muslim to keep communities of those who believe in Jihad and to have their right of private property respected.”
The Libertarian Muslim also expressed that he supported free markets, and a communities right to refuse to trade with others, and now considers himself a free speech absolutionist and would reject any future attempts to create hate speech legislation for the women or LGBT community.
“At the end of the day, all I want is to have Muslims be free of oppression and have communities based on choice, and that means even things we disagree with must be allowed as long as they are not harmful and aggression is only done in defense,” concluded Zayif.
Further updates will be provided as the Libertarian Jihadist movement continues its activities.