One of the three types of Shirk is Shirk in serving/worshiping The God (Ibadah)
One of the ways, how one could fall in this trap is if one allows the love of anything or anyone to come between himself and Allah, then he has worshipped that thing. In this way, money can become one’s god or even one’s desires could become a god.
Allah says in the Quran:
“Have you not seen the one who takes his desires as his god?” 25/43
This law can be applied both at a personal level and at a collective level.
Since this thread is on democracy and issues on a collective level, we’ll jump straight to the relevant part.
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
Democracy is nothing but Popular Sovereignty.
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. (Abraham Lincoln)
ALLAH SAYS IN THE QURAN:
“Allah has not sent down any authority for them; judgment is only Allah’s” 12/40
Now this doesn’t mean a human has no right to judge and practice law. He has the right to judge; but within the limits of the injunctions of the Quran.
But popular sovereignty, as seen in the West, and now increasingly prevalent in the Islamic World, with the belief that the people have the right to pass any law as they want, is the Biggest Shirk of our times.
DEMOCRACY CAN BECOME A LEGAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT IF IT ACCEPTS ALLAH AS THE SOLE SOVEREIGN AND THAT ITS RIGHTS ARE LIMITED AND THAT IT CAN ONLY ACT IN ACCORDANCE TO THE TEACHINGS OF THE QURAN. SAME IS THE CASE WITH KINGSHIP; DAVID AND SOLOMON WERE KINGS.
Back then Pharaoh used to say, I don’t accept any limitation to my sovereignty, today the public says that. It’s the same thing. Shirk remains shirk.
Allah says in Surah Maidah:
“and whoever did not judge by what Allah revealed, those are they that are the unbelievers.” 5/44
This one Ayah pretty much makes everything crystal clear. If you do not judge by the Law Allah has revealed than you are a rejecter (Kafir), period.