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Scholars Urge Western Muslims to Vote: Saudi Arabia

Written by Shoaib

The UK is heading towards one of the most crucial elections of modern times. With fear growing against Muslims and recent legislation from the right-wing Tory government, Muslims are feeling ever more isolated. The rise of the extreme right wing UKIP party, whose members have called Islam an evil cult, for mosques to be shut down, for Muslims to sign a Nazi style charter and leader Nigel Farage said Muslims want to kill everyone, called for (and then recounted) the banning of the Burka and made ordinary Brits scared by falsely accusing Muslims of having formed ghettos where Shariah Law had replaced British Law, could be very troublesome for Muslims should this election grant them seats in parliament.

While such an election could be pivotal for the fate of Muslim freedom in the UK, some extremist Muslims have been pasted over the mainstream media saying that voting is a form of Kufr (disbelief). Although no such statements have been made by Muslim scholars, it has been wrongly reported that Saudi Arabia’s scholars hold similar views.

This couldn’t be further from the truth as the current senior Saudi scholars have reiterated the calls of the older senior scholars of Saudi Arabia in their encouraging of Muslims in the West to vote.

All fataawa (verdicts) are contained in their full length in this document: Scholars on Voting

Which Saudi Scholars Encouraged People to vote?

The well known giants of the Salafi world Shaykh AbdulAziz Bin Baaz, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Uthaymeen and Shaykh NasirUddin Al-Albani all encouraged Muslims to vote for the lesser of two evils.

From the current senior scholars of Saudi Arabia the Grand Mufti Shaykh AbdulAziz Aal-AshShaykh, Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-Abaad and Shaykh WaseeUllah Abbass along with the “Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Issuing Fatwas”, a panel of the most senior scholars in Saudi Arabia, all echoed similar calls encouraging Muslims in the West to vote.

It is An Obligation: ibn Uthaymeen

Shaykh Uthaymeen’s fatwa is the most striking. He said it is an Waajib (obligation) to vote for the lesser of two evils in elections in the west. “It is an obligation that the Muslim vote for the the less evil or harmful to the Muslims from among the non-Muslims and there is no problem in this

Pay attention! I said Waajib (obligatory)”

He backed his statement up with evidence from the Quran (Surah Rum: 1-4) in which Allah tells the Muslims to rejoice at the victory of the Christians over the Persian Magians. Shaykh Uthaymeen says “Allah has decided that we be happy for their victory. That is, about the Christians defeating the Persians, because they (the Christians) were closer to Islam”

The Confusion on Shaykh Albaani’s Views on Voting

Shaykh Albaani gave two verdicts, one for Muslims living in non-Muslim countries in which he encouraged Muslims to vote and one for Muslims living in Muslim countries in which he was opposed to democracy.

He even made clear that voting is different to standing for parliament or believing in democracy. He said about voting that “If a Muslim is placed between two evils he chooses the lesser of the two evils” and explained that the “…candidates who are imposed upon the Muslims, meaning that one of them has to be elected whether the Muslims like it or not”

Shaykh Uthaymeen said voting is waajib (obligation)

Shaykh Uthaymeen said voting is waajib (obligation)

He encouraged strategic voting, explaining that “Hypothetically speaking, if it were only the Muslims voting [for these candidates] and no one else – not even one other person is voting – such that if the Muslims refrained from voting they wouldn’t be elected, then it is not permissible to vote for them.” He then explained that strategic voting is not because the candidate is better but a lesser evil “…however based on the principle, and memorize what I am saying, based on the principle of repelling the greater evil with the lesser evil; not because he is better.” He then went further to clear up his opposition to democracy “…this system is not Islamic in any way whatsoever”

He explained with a theoretical situation in which many candidates of various religions and political beliefs ran for office, but only one of them was not Islamophobic. In this situation he says that the Muslims must vote for this one candidate further saying “If there is no way around the fact that one or two of them are going to be elected, then what should the Muslims do? Should they say, ‘We are not going to get involved? They are Christians. Let them fight each other.’ No, this is not the case, because two of these candidates will be elected regardless. So O Muslims, O you who have sense, is this principle to be applied in this scenario or not? I say yes, because the Muslims in this case are between two evils.”

What if Muslims are Not Forced To Vote?

Shaykh AbdulMuhsin Al-Abaad is one of the most reputable and senior scholars in Saudi Arabia today. When asked about voting in the West he said “…voting for them is an example of doing the lesser of two evils to avoid the greater evil” and then used the same evidence from the Quran as Shaykh Uthaymeen “If people have two choices, one being abhorrent and the other also detestable but of less harm, which should the people choose? The people should choose the lesser of the two evils, correct? Even though the Roman Christians and the Persians are all disbelievers, the people were happy when the Roman Christians were victorious over the Persians”

Many people who oppose voting say they are not forced to vote therefore should avoid it. Shaykh Al-Abaad said regarding this that “What I have mentioned is based on the premise that some benefit for the Muslims may be attained by voting.”

Senior Scholar who Frequents the UK Encourages Voting in Western Elections

Shaykh Dr. WaseeUllah Abbass is a senior scholar who teaches in the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and Umm-ul Qura University in Makkah and is an examiner in the University of Madinah. He is a known as the Muhadith of Makkah as well as being the Mufti of Makkah. From the senior scholars of Saudi Arabia he is the one who has visited the West the most and as such has a deep understanding of life in the West. Furthermore he is a native Indian and is very familiar with the electoral process due to his life in India. It should be noted that Shaykh Dr. WaseeUllah Abbass was granted Saudi citizenship for his efforts serving Islam.

“That which appears correct to me, by the will of Allah, is that if some good is anticipated as a result of voting, then we vote. We vote for the candidate as long as he is presently benefiting the Muslims or promises to benefit the Muslims in the future, even if he is not a Muslim. It would be inappropriate for the Muslims to refrain from voting for this individual, especially if the leader of the Muslims can dictate terms, conditions, and other stipulations on him as a result of the Muslims voting. For example, the leader of the Muslims says, ‘We will vote for you on the condition that you support our interests, mention them to your superiors, etc.’ And this applies in any country where the Muslims are a minority, not just in America.”

Shaykh WaseeUllah Abbass, the Mufti and Muhadith of Makkah visits the UK often and encouraged Muslims to vote

Shaykh Dr. WaseeUllah Abbass, the Mufti and Muhadith of Makkah visits the UK often and encouraged Muslims to vote

“The Muslims should not hesitate to vote because withholding their votes will not harm these candidates in the least. They will win by the votes of non-Muslims regardless if the Muslims vote or not…, the Muslims can benefit from their empathy and their sympathetic views and understanding of Muslim causes. This is a general Islamic benefit required by the Islamic public interests. This is our belief.”

Assisting in Ruling by Other than Allah

Shaykh WaseUllah was asked if voting assisted the ruling by other than the book of Allah he replied “This doesn’t assist the one ruling by other than what Allah has revealed in view of the fact that if we don’t vote, the [non-Muslims] will win by their own votes. They will be elected without a doubt. They will come into power by their own accord whether or not we isolate ourselves from them or from the entire world… Thus, this does not assist them in establishing non-Islamic laws. They are the rulers and the ones in authority in those lands whether we vote for them or not.”

Shaykh WaseeUllah who is well known for researching an issue in depth before speaking on it said “I mention this with a clear conscience because we have heard our Shaykhs give this verdict, especially when it benefits the Muslims. This is also the case in India; some of the idol worshippers in the Parliament speak on behalf of the Muslims and their interests…and it is possible that Allah will aid the religion by using a disbeliever.”

The View of Shaykh Bin Baaz

Shaykh WaseeUllah explains that what he explained above is “…also the verdict given by our Shaykhs in India. Even Shaikh Bin Baaz, may Allah have mercy on him, from what we have heard, used to rule with the permissibility of participating in elections”

Shaykh Bin Baaz himself was asked about uniting with Muslims who differ in beliefs and methodology in a country where Muslims are a minority, he stated “The call to unite the Muslims is, whichever way you look at it, a good thing and very important and there is a pressing need for it. However, if knowledge and correct understanding of religion and the tenets of faith accompany it, then this is more complete and more obligatory.”

The Permanent Committee

The Lajna Ad-Da’imah is a group of senior scholars who give verdicts on contemporary issues. They said “It is prescribed for Muslims who are living in non-Muslim states to unite, to form bonds amongst themselves and cooperate with one another, whether that is in the name of Islamic parties or Islamic organizations, because that is a kind of cooperating in righteousness and piety.”

They even said that Muslims of strong faith and integrity should get more involved “Whoever has an understanding of Islam, strong faith, Islamic integrity, farsightedness and eloquence, and is thus able to exert some influence on the direction of the party so that it will take an Islamic direction, may get involved in these parties or with the one which is most likely to be more receptive towards the truth”

The Muslim World League

In 2007 the Muslim World League held a session in Makkah in which they gave a verdict on voting. Their message mirrored what the above scholars said. They said that a Muslim should weigh up the pros and cons of voting and that it is permissible with guidelines including the intention to ward off evil and to bring about a positive affect on the Muslims and that this should not lead neglecting the religion. The full fatwa can be found here

What is at Stake in the UK

While Labour leader Ed Miliband said he will outlaw Islamophobia and recognise the Palestinian state, the conservatives are sticking to their Islamophobic guns. Recently we saw the Conservative government introduce false and harsh attacks on Muslims such as Trojan Horse and they also introduced legislation which singled out Muslims with the CTS bill. Apart from this the Conservative government’s undying support for Zionism and their support for anti-Muslim media should any Muslim worried for the future.

The Labour leader stand with 'Labour Friends of Palestine' and said he would support a Palestinian state and criminalise Islamophobia

The Labour leader stand with ‘Labour Friends of Palestine’ and said he would support a Palestinian state and criminalise Islamophobia

If this was not enough, UKIP have grown recently. They have close links to anti-Muslim Islamophobes across Europe who incite fear of Muslims, (previously) call for the Burka to be banned, call for the Quran to be banned and for mosques to be shut down.

If anyone is in any doubt what a right-wing government winning from the fuel of the countries Islamophobic sentiment can achieve then we need not look far. In France the face veil is banned, beards are banned, mosques are being curbed and now even long skirts are being banned!

If Muslims do not vote then we have no one but ourselves to blame when our women cry at not being able to wear the Islamic dress they wish to wear or when our men have to bring a blade to their beards.

For the sake of Allah, get out and vote this Thursday.

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33 Comments

  • Brother latter scholars has mentioned that those scholars who permitted the voting, has made a great mistake. The likes of shaykg Fawzaan n shaykh Yahya n shaykh Rabee. n there is a fatwa of imam Albani that he later changed his view on voting n he said it is not pernissible

    • The confusion regarding Shaykh Albaani’s view is because he said voting in Muslim countries is not permissible. There are some juhaal in the UK who are saying it is Kufr and Bid’ah.

      To say that Bin Baaz, Ibn Uthaymeen, Albaani made a great mistake but their students are more correct makes no sense brother. These three scholars are more senior by volumes than any of the scholars today. They have made this issue clear for us. If you are in doubt I would recommend speaking to the students of these scholars before saying they are mistaken.

      I have discussed this issue personally with Shaykh WaseeUllah Abbass and he confirmed that this was the view of the Shayookh Al-Albaani, Bin Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen. I also personally heard the Grand Mufti Shaykh AbdulAziz Aal-AshShaykh encourage voting in the West.

      Hope that clears it up. Be sure to vote as if right wing extremists get in they will ban things which we hold dear.
      Salam.

    • this scholars you mentioned brother are perhaps not going out in their country nor see the situation of our brothers living in the west and.

  • Asalam u alykum
    Shaykh muqbil bin hadi had given an apt reply to shaykh ibn baz and shaykh albani regarding voting.

    • Wa alaykum Salam.

      We follow evidences not spats between the great Ulama. Sh Uthaymeen and Sh AbdulMuhsin al-Abaad have given evidence from Quran: Surah Rum Ayah 1-4.

      Hope that explains it

      • Fear Allah as Albani rahimullah said it’s not permissible to vote!

        And Salafis don’t blind follow any scholar, please don’t think yourself as some intellectual or something.

        Shaykh Muqbil also refuted bin baz and shaykh uthaymeen rahimullah on this issue.

        Kufr duna kufr.

        And I hope you are referring to the takfeeri/kharjis such as Anjem choudhary as juhal instead of the ahlus sunnah wall jamah!

        • You fear Allah as you are putting words in the Shaykhs mouth which he DID NOT SAY.

          So Shaykh bin Baaz, Uthaymeen, WaseeUllah, AbdulAziz Aal-Shaykh, AbdulMuhsin al Abaad and the Lajna are all wrong but you are right because of a 40 second clip of shaykh Albaani without any context?

          Here is the full text of what Shaykh Albaani said since you were too lazy to download the document. After reading it I hope you make tawba for making an issue of ijtihaad into something haraam. Fear Allah! You have lied on Shaykh Albaani! Stop placing your intellect before that of the ulama! Shaykh Uthaymeen said it is waajib and he used the Quran as reference! Fear Allah for giving fatwas on his religion when you are not qualified to deal with ijthihaad and you used those who are to your own will! Fear Allah and do not lie upon Shaykh Muqbil acting as you have acted lying on Al-Albaani! Fear Allah! Fear Allah! Fear Allah!

          Shaikh Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee on voting:

          Reference: Silsilatul Hudaa wan-Noor (Series of Guidance and Light), Tape #660
          starting at approx 20mins. 40Secs:
          After being asked general questions pertaining to elections, the last specifically related to local elections, al-Allaamah Nasiruddin al-Albaani said:
          “Elections emanate from a non-Islamic principle. In fact, they stem from a Zionist principle, namely, the ends justify the means.
          However, I distinguish the issue of a Muslim who runs for office from the issue of voting for one whose harm in that office may be less than others.
          The distinction between the two issues is essential even in the major elections. Jamaa’atul-Inqaadh in Algeria sent me a question about elections so I wrote them a detailed clarification. I mentioned to them, as I have mentioned previously, that elections and Parliaments are not Islamic and that I do not advise any Muslim to nominate himself as a representative in Parliament because he will never be able to do anything for Islam. Rather, the movement will overcome him just as it has happened with all of the existing governments in the Arab countries.
          Even with that being the case, I noted that in all of the Muslim lands, regrettably, there are Muslims who nominate themselves to Parliament claiming that they will reduce evil. We can not forcefully prevent them from campaigning; all we can do is advise, clarify, and convey [the truth]. Hence, if a 22
          Muslim is going to nominate himself as opposed to a Christian or Communist, whether it be for major or minor elections (according to your terminology) then we vote for him.
          Why? Because there is an Islamic principle upon which I have based my answer. If a Muslim is placed between two evils he chooses the lesser of the two evils. There is no doubt that having a Muslim as the president (mayor) of local government is less harmful – and I don’t say better – than having a mayor that is a disbeliever or an atheist.
          However, this politician destroys himself without even realizing it. When he nominates himself with the claim that he desires to lessen the evil – and he may do so – he doesn’t know that he is being burnt from another angle. His example is that of the scholar who does not act according to his knowledge. The Prophet said, ” The example of the learned one who does not act according to his knowledge is like that of a lamp [lit. a burning wick]; it burns itself while providing others light. ”
          For this reason we differentiate between voting and campaigning. We do not campaign for office because we will burn. As for the Muslim who insists on burning himself, be it mildly or severely, by running for office, then we vote for him as opposed to the disbeliever or the atheist using the principle of repelling the greater evil with the lesser evil.”
          Questioner: Our Shaikh, I understand from this that as it relates to Parliament and even local elections that if a there is a Muslim candidate it is permissible to vote for him.
          Shaikh: Yes, however based on the principle, and memorize what I am saying, based on the principle of repelling the greater evil with the lesser evil; not because he is better.
          6. Shaikh Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee.
          Reference: Silsilatul Hudaa wan-Noor (Series of Guidance and Light), Tape #284 starting at approx 54mins. and continuing on tape #285:
          Questioner: Some students of knowledge issued a verdict permitting voting for the best of the available Christian candidates based on the premise that this is from choosing the lesser of two evils. Is this permissible?
          In addition, isn’t this considered to be increasing their numbers which may in turn have a negative effect on the public’s opinion of Muslims?
          Shaikh: I have been asked this question on more than one occasion, and I believe that it is incomplete. So if you want to complete this unfinished question by bringing further clarity [then do so]…
          Questioner: What is the permissibility of voting for the best available candidate, particularly if they are Christian?
          Shaikh: This question is incomplete just as it was when presented by other than you. I will now say 23
          what I think is intended by the question.
          In the event that there are a number of Christian candidates who are imposed upon the Muslims, meaning that one of them has to be elected whether the Muslims like it or not, the previously mentioned principal is applied: namely, choosing the lesser of two evils. For example, there are four Christian candidates in a certain country and it is inevitable that one of them will be the winner (elected).
          Hypothetically speaking, if it were only the Muslims voting [for these candidates] and no one else – not even one other person is voting – such that if the Muslims refrained from voting they wouldn’t be elected, then it is not permissible to vote for them.
          Is it clear up to here?
          Questioner: Yes
          Shaikh: However, if the situation is contrary to this, and this is what I think the question is referring to, then one of them must be selected due to the electoral process established today. It is upon you to know that this system is not Islamic in any way whatsoever…[The Shaikh then begins to explain some of the ills of democracy and the harm of giving power to someone who requests it, in contrast to the beauty of the Islamic shooraa]
          Discussing these issues is lengthy. However, the point is that it has been imposed upon the Muslims living in that particular country to choose a candidate just as it is imposed upon them that some of the elected politicians be Christian. Why? Because there are Christian citizens. The government takes into account the percentage of Christian citizens in the country and makes calculations.
          They compare, for example, the ratio of Muslims to Christians. Do they consider the Jewish citizens in this process? I’m not sure. Based on these calculations they conclude that the country should have, for instance, two Christian politicians.
          If the Muslims do not choose between them, then their own people will choose. In either case, one of them is going to be elected. But as we said earlier there may be four or five candidates. The Muslims in that country must consider it like this: The first candidate is a Baathist and a non-Muslim, the second is a communist and a non-Muslim, the third is an atheist and a non-Muslim and so on. The last is a practising Christian who does not harbor animosity towards the Muslims. If there is no way around the fact that one or two of them are going to be elected, then what should the Muslims do? Should they say, ” We are not going to get involved? They are Christians. Let them fight each other.” No, this is not the case, because two of these candidates will be elected regardless.
          So O Muslims, O you who have sense, is this principle to be applied in this scenario or not? I say yes, because the Muslims in this case are between two evils. Similarly, this is the case if the candidates were Muslims, since amongst the Muslims are Communists, Baathists and so on. Okay, do we just sit back and watch or should we choose the one whose harm is less???

      • Voting and Legislating:

        It is argued that many Quranic texts ascribe Allah(swt) the attribute of “Legislator” (Hakim) and the obligation of man to interpret and execute legislation. Those who violate this are described as engaging in shirk and kufr. The argument is then that if any individual, party or government asks for one to vote for them, so that when they attain power they will legislate, voting for them is haram as one is not permitted to assist, delegate or cooperate in sin.

        There is no dispute amongst classical and contemporary scholarship that Allah is the legislator and not man. Quranic texts are decisive on this point:

        “But no, by your Lord, they can have no real faith until they make you judge in all disputes between them…” (Quran 4:65)

        “Whosoever does not rule by what Allah has revealed such are the disbelievers…” (Quran 4:44)

        “The command (Hukm) rests with none but Allah…” (Quran 6:57, 12:40, 12:67)

        “He does not share his Command (Hukm) with anyone…” (Quran 18:26)

        Some commentators have suggested these texts were revealed to Muslims and do not apply to non-Muslims. The difficulty with this argument is that a number of Quranic texts state that revelation is addressed to all mankind and is not exclusive to Muslims.

        Furthermore, Muslims are ordered not to follow those who legislate or sin and distance themselves from them:
        “And incline (or accept) not to those who do wrong, or the Fire will seize you; and you have no protectors other than Allah, nor shall you be helped” (Quran 11:113)

        “They took their Priests and Rabbis as Gods beside Allah…” (Quran 9:31)
        Adey bin Hatim said, `O Messenger(saw) of Allah(swt), we never took them as lords. He said, `Yes (you did). Did not they legislate for you that which Allah(swt) forbade you and you obeyed it?’ I said, `Yes indeed’. He said, `That is worshipping them.’ ” (Ahmed and Tirmidhi)

        The Messenger(saw) said: “Ameers will be appointed over you, you will recognise some of what they do and you will disown some. Whoever recognised (that) he is absolved from blame. Whoever disapproved (of their bad deeds) he is safe; but whoever consented and followed them (he is doomed).” (Muslim)

        Less persuasively, scholars like Ahmed bin Yahya and Ubaid al-Jaabiree invoke the argument of bid’ah:
        “Elections are not from the Sunnah (the way of the Prophet) that is known by the Muslims and that which the Salaf traversed upon from the time of the Companions and the Imams of the Tabi’een, and those who came after them. But rather it is a newly invented matter in Islam, so it is a Bid’ah (innovation), and if it is a Bid’ah (innovation) then it is Muharram (impermissible).”

        Whilst Yahya al-Hajorree argues the prohibition of emulating the disbelievers:
        “They are from the democratic laws that seek to destroy Allah’s true legislation. They are also considered imitation of the disbelievers, and imitating them is not permissible. There is much harm present in them, and there is neither benefit nor gain for the Muslims (in them).”

    • I’d say its wise and open minded. Just because they do not believe in democracy, they are not stopping people who live in a democracy to integrate.

  • Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    I hope all is well inshaaAllaah. In the link that you posted with the full fataawas it states that for sh. Waseeullaah Abbas that there is a recording done, may I please get that recording and if so may I please get it asap as we have a very important upcoming election and I would really like to look into the matter with the ulema before making a decision. I appreciate your time and hope to hear from you soon. BaarakAllaah feekum.

    • Wa alaykum salaam.

      Apologies for the delay in responding. I do not have the recording to hand right now I must have saved it somewhere. However this is something well known from him and I have personally spoken to him on this issue and he said the same to me in person.

      Wa iyak

  • Yes , it is possible for even big scholars to be wrong and a small student to be right on an issue.

    The point is that voting is a system that is based upon giving people the hukm not Allaah ta’ala. It is based upon major shirk. The scholars who permitted it are mistaken, and the proofs arr many. Democracy was from the Greeks and Romans and existed during the time of the prophet sallallaahu alayhe wasallam and sahabah and they rejected it. Issues of maslahah and mafsadah, or choosing the lesser evil, do not apply according to desires or a unproven perceived gain, but rather their application is according the legislation as well. In addition, an issue of major shirk is not the same as an issue of fiqh where ikhtilaaf may be allowed. Voting itself is a great evil and anyone claiming that it has benefits especially in the countries of the kuffaar don’t need to look hard to find the opposite of that claim… Algeria in the 90s and George W Bush in 2000 are examples of Muslims claiming they were going with a lesser evil and ended it up with evil or maybe even the greater evil. In addition, the use of the aayaat in soorah Ar room cannot be used as a proof in an affair that is clear and from the muhkamaat. Wallaahu alam

    • I don’t think its possible for the Shayookh Bin Baaz, Ibn Uthaymeen, Albaani, Abdul Muhsin al-Abaad, Abdul Azeez Aal-AshShaykh, WaseeUllah Abbass, the entire Lajna to be united on something and for it to be refuted by a small student to be correct. This is partisanship which is an incorrect methodology.

      • First of all, there are people which unite in wrongness.
        But they all didn’t of course. But you are taking one thing and mix it up with another. You should fear Allah. Because we know you kind of people. You are saying to people which hold a weapon as Khawrij and co…Even Sheikh muqbil, which is a murjia clearly because he called mujahiddin terrorist, refutet Albanis view, which has been understood by people 100% wrong.

        They said it’s permissible to vote for Sharia or Democracy, not in a democratic system, where you have to commit kufr to be part of it. You are mixing up things Bro.

        It’s haram to commit “haram for halal means”, even it’s the lesser haram. Could you say to somebody, today our politicians should allow zina (lesser evil) before the kafirs allow zina in public (greater evil). We know, what democracy has brought to turkey and egypt. So please stop spreading poisin. Delete this site.

        Please tell me one scolar for the sake of Allah, which has allowed to do haram things for Halal means, except in the case of muslims get killed or hummilated immidiately. Name one scolar and your source. You cannot.

  • Shaykh Muhammad Nasir ud-Deen Al-Albaanee about Voting in non-muslim countries:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxWs6cUq_gs

    Question: What is the ruling on some of the American Muslims participating in the elections that take place in America? They use as proof for that the principle of taking the lesser of two evils. They think that one of those candidates who are running for office will be less oppressive & less problematic upon Islam & the Muslims?

    Answer: Kufr is one religion & [our] Rabb Azza wa Jal reminds those Muslims who think they are applying the principle of taking the lesser of two evils; Allaah Ta ‘Ala said, “And never will the Jews or the Christians be pleased with you until you follow their religion” (Al-Qur’an: 2: 120).

    So I am amazed with all amazement at these youth who rely upon the likes of this delusion as occurs in your question, Barak Allaah feek. And Allaah Azza wa Jal says, “And don’t incline towards those who do wrong such that the fire should touch you…” (Al-Qur’an: 11: 113). And the fire of the dunya (worldly life) comes before the fire of the Hereafter.

    Due to that we say that it is not permissible to participate in the likes of these elections because that participation means taking the Kuffar (disbelievers) as friends through your actions. And that is Haraam (impermissible) according to the text of the Qur’an, where the Rabb ul-Anaam said, “And if any amongst you take them as friends then he is surely one of them.” (Al-Qur’an 5: 51).

    Translation source: Sunnah Publishing
    Audio Source:

    http://www.sunnahpublishing.net/audio/albanivoting.wma

  • These are the words of the Dhajaal the Ullaama have long since rule on voteing for any candidate that is in opposition to Allah Ta ala’s legislation those of us who have herd the lessons from the major schalors over the past three decades know the dhalil on this issue ,auuthubillahi minishshaytan nirajeem,fear Allah and refrain from deceiving the muslims.

  • السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    If you can my dear brother please source all of the quotes you’ve mentioned from our scholars… and may Allah reward you for your efforts and our scholars for the ijtihaad and pardon them for any errors Aameen…
    And may Allah guide us to understand the principles of the religion so as to know when to accept and or reject what is in accordance with and or in opposition to…
    بارك الله لكم
    يا رب زدنا علماناغفا اللهم آمين

  • In response to this so called Urge for Western Muslims to participate in this Kufur secular democracy (any one with little aql will realise that there is very little the Muslims can do or have done over the last 3 decades and not to forget all the parties have the same policy towards Islam and Muslims but unfortunately these people with their ill informed views will not atop at anything, we witnessed during Bush, Blair, Obama…, may Allaah SWT protect us and guide us aameen) and note able quotation of Saudi Scholars, here are 2 post (amongst many) which will give a better view as to what the Salafi scholars said about democracy ie man made system.

    https://islamqa.info/en/107166

    http://www.ummah.com/forum/showthread.php?169335-Salaf%92s-quotes-on-the-kufr-of-man-made-law

    Whats really surprising (perhaps not) is that how people are willing to do as the Yahood did ie forsake the clear Ayahs of legislation and still use benefit ie maslahaah to get people to participate in man made system. Will they stand by taking their view and all those people who they have mislead into participate in kufur system on the Day of Judgement?

    May Allaah SWT guide us and protect us aameen.

  • It is very correct and healthy to think a small student can correct all the scholars mentioned above because to think otherwise means we follow scholars blindly rather than the daleel. For example, who has better understanding of the deen, Umar (ra) or the scholars of today in Saudia? When Umar was corrected on the issue of the dowry by an average person he was more than happy to say he was wrong and the person was correct. If we follow this methodology then we will help ourselves in having an open mind rather than thinking one set of scholars are correct and average Joe Bloggs is nothing. This goes against the Salaf as stated above.

    • A small student of knowledge can correct a big scholar, yes. However the unanimous agreement across most major scholars can not be corrected by a small student of knowledge.

  • Sohail please fear Allah these Saudi scholars do not speak against the saudi kingdom they except the kingship do not be blinded by these so called scholars they are nothing but scholars for dollars.

  • Voting is kufr. Who vote anyone he makes him lord except Allah. Chosing lesser evil between 2 evils is permissible in harams. But chosing kufr is kufr and who permit this is also kafir, cause he permits to choose lord who put his rules except Allah’s rules. Uthaymeen, Albani, Abbad and who lets to vote are kafir.

    • Did you watch the video before sharing it? lol

      Shaikh WaseeUllah said its permissible time and time again. I have personally discussed the matter with him many times.

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