„When considering these matters, the dilemma inevitably arises - albeit only for a moment - that a shorter way to the Islamic order would be by taking power… This is mere temptation. History does not relate any true revolution which came from power. All began with education and meant in essence a moral summons.“

—  Alija Izetbegović, The Islamic Declaration (1970), p. 53.
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Alija Izetbegović
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