By Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom Institute

I have noticed that the main opposition to capitalism in the Muslim world, as in the third world in   general, is its association with imperialism. This association is unfortunate and has impeded the Muslim   world from engaging in the free markets that are its birthright under the Qur’an and sunnah. While   some capitalists have eagerly pursued and benefitted from imperialist policies, as did such socialist   regimes as the late, unlamented Soviet Union, not only is imperialism not an inherent element of   capitalism, but it is inherently opposed to the principles of a free market, and has been condemned by   such major advocates of free markets as Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and Murray Rothbard.