Ahmed Kutty of Toronto responds to the question: Are Islam and democracy compatible?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Canada, in:
Religious Authority: 
Ahmed Kutty
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Are Islam and democracy compatible?

If your question is whether Muslims can decide and run the affairs of their country through consultation and consensus among the people the answer is yes; but if, while exercising this authority, they were to legislate on matters on which God and His Messenger have pronounced decisive judgments, then that is not acceptable in Islam.

People, however, are mandated to make decisions on all matters that do not fall under the purview of the divine writ through mutual consultation and consensus among themselves. This area of legislation in Islam is at once immense and extensive whereas the first category where they have no freedom to exercise legislative authority is rather limited. The vast area of legislation affecting public life and social relations are, therefore, subject to democratic practice so long as they are governed by the Quranic imperatives to establish truth, justice, fairness and compassion as best as humanly possible.