Why Do Muslims Conflate Voting As Being Against Their Aqidah?

Why do people conflate the questions of democracy or power-sharing as matters of their aqidah?

Here’s a typical scenario The Akh had recently;

“So, you know we’re about 10 weeks away from the general election, you thought about who you’re voting for?

“Bro, voting is Haraam full stop, voting for a Kafir to rule over Muslims is Haraam. Voting for anyone to rule with other than Islam is Haraam, Haraam, Haraam….HARAAM!!!

Those who say voting is haram and kufr do so on the understanding that voting is participating in a democratic system that upholds the sovereignty of man over Allah Az Wajjal.

Further clarification would reveal that if Muslims do not participate, they are effectively advocating and helping establish a system in which people are free to legislate against Al-Islam.

How have you arrived to the bewildering conclusion that by voting you have somehow changed your allegiance from Allah Az’Wajjal to prostrating towards Parliament or Downing Street?

Voting and participating in the electoral process is not tantamount to legislating against Islam.

Parliament is not the actual power base of modern society. The reality is that parliament is only a stage managed debating club which ratifies what has been discussed elsewhere.

If you are a citizen of this country, you live in this country, you took every advantage “the political system” afforded you, from the NHS and the welfare state, to your schooling and education, to the public transport and road networks you use everyday and the fact is if you are in gainful employment, you pay taxes, taxes that will buy bombs & weaponry that inevitably go towards further terrorising your Muslim brothers and sisters overseas, and yet we have the same old arguments over why we shouldn’t be voting.



Filed under Operation Muslim Vote 2010, UK General Election 2010

2 responses to “Why Do Muslims Conflate Voting As Being Against Their Aqidah?

  1. hassanmac


    Please allow me to attempt an answer using the ‘tawkeel’ argument.

    Voting in the UK General Election is an act of delegation (tawkeel) where a delegator (muwakkil) appoints a delegate (wakeel) to act on one’s behalf.
    Tawkeel (delegation) is a legitimate Islamic contract and is used in cases such as representing someone for marriage or for the guardianship of minors.

    Tawkeel, as an Islamic contract, has to proceed according to the rules of Islam.

    One pillar of tawkeel is that the delegator (muwakkil) can only delegate that which the Shari’ah deems permissible since the delegate (wakeel) acts on behalf of the delegator (muwakkil). So what is halaal for the delegator (muwakkil) can be delegated and what is haraam for the delegator (muwakkil) cannot be delegated.

    For example it is halaal (permissible) for me to delegate another to buy me a pint of milk as it is halaal for me to buy a pint of milk. It is haraam (forbidden) for me to delegate another to rob my neighbours since it is haraam for me to rob my neighbours. This is known as Ghiyaab ul-Mawaani Ash-Shari’ah (the absence of any divine prohibition).

    Returning to the fiqh al-mas’alah (or specific reality) of voting in the UK General Election we face an insurmountable obstacle. The problem is that this is a delegation for someone to represent them, according to manifesto of the delegate (wakeel), in a legislative chamber – in this case the UK Parliament as an MP.

    Worse still, the delegator (muwakkil) cannot specify or hold the delegate (wakeel), in this case the MP, to only act on their behalf on certain matters e.g. against Israel or against foreign invasions such as of Iraq and Afghanistan. The MP will generally legislate, vote on legislation, debate legislation, help to draft legislation, amend legislation, propose legislation and defend legislation on behalf of the delegator (muwakkil).

    Here we have to ask if it is halaal (permissible) for a Muslim to do any of the things that the delegate (wakeel), in this case the MP, will do.

    It is a matter of ‘aqeedah that a Muslim does not have a say when it comes to legislation:

    “It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision” (Translated Meaning of Al-Qur’an [TMQ] 33:36)

    This is because the right of legislation is only for Allaah SWT (c.f. TMQ 12:40).

    Muslims should look to the Shari’ah for all matters:

    “But no, by your Lord, they can have no (real) faith until they make you judge in all disputes between them and find in their souls no resistance against your decisions, but accept them with the fullest submission” (TMQ 4:65)

    Not to man-made legislation, which is Taghut (an authority other than Allaah SWT):

    “Have you seen those (hypocrites) who claim that they believe in that which has been sent down to you, and that which has been sent down before you, and they wish to go for judgment (in their disputes) to the Taghut while they have been ordered to reject them?” (TMQ 4:60)

    So I disagree with your comment that “Voting and participating in the electoral process is not tantamount to legislating against Islam” because voting in the UK General Election and delegating an MP to act on your behalf is getting involved in legislation without doubt.

    As Muslims we should stay with the halaal regardless of our desire (hawah) for any perceived benefits:

    “Have you (O Muhammad SAW) seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire (hawah)? Would you then be a wakeel (delegate) over him? Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path.” (TMQ 25:43-44)

    You are right that we face difficult times and you are right to call the Ummah to action and for that I applaud you but legislating by man-made law, in violation of the Islamic ‘aqeedah, is a line we cannot consider crossing. We should instead have tawakkul (trust/reliance) in Allaah SWT:

    “Do they then seek the judgment of (the Days of) Ignorance (Jahiliyyah)? And who is better in judgment than Allah for a people who have firm belief?” [TMQ 5:50]

    Best wishes


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