January 13, 2022

Is Voting a Duty or Haraam?

Points to consider:

  1. A Muslim is not allowed to become part of a Taghoot system. If he finds himself under such a system, either he must struggle to change it or if he is unable to do so, he must migrate to a place where he can establish Allaah’s system and avoid rule of Taghoot. There is not third choice.
  2. Muslims who do not work hard on one of the two alternatives, or they accept the Taghoot system, Allaah becomes angry on them and they are cursed as the Jews were cursed;
  3. Currently, there is no part on the globe that is not under rule of Taghoot, hence, wherever Muslims are living, they have not choice but to work to change the system to the rule of Allaah;
  4. For those who are doing their duty to establish the rule of Allaah, they must do so with hikmah and the best manner. That includes:
    • Cooperating in good actions and projects, while refusing to cooperate in bad things (Al-Maa’idah: 2)
    • Always doing justice and standing up for justice; (An-Nisaa and Al-Maa’idah);
    • Giving trusts to those to whom they belong and judging people with justice (An-Nisaa);
    • Not hiding the witness (al-Baqarah and At-Talaaq)
  5. Is voting in an election under the system of Taghoot Haraam?
    Not necessarily! What is haraam is accepting the system of Taghoot, regardless of one votes or not. If someone has accepted the system and does not do anything to replace it, he is criminal whether he votes or not. If someone is doing his best to replace the system, and uses the voting system as a tool to help in his struggle for Allaah, voting is not haraam but desirable.
  6. How can you use an instrument of taghoot system for replacing that system?
    When the goal is clear and the objective is to replace the current system with Allaah’s rule, instruments from the current taghoot system can be used if they help in achieving the Islamic goals without making any compromise. For example, the Prophet SAAW used the current set up of tribal protection in carrying out his work. After death of Abu Talib, he used the protection from Mut'im bin ‘Adi for the same purpose. Although the tribal protection system is totally against the system of khilaafah, but it was used temporarily to continue the work.
  7. Is voting a duty of Muslim?
    Absolutely! Whenever there are more than one candidate, one of them is going to be better than others in his or her attitude towards Islam and Muslims. If one of them is like Mut‘am bin ‘Adi instead of Abu Lahab or Abu Jahl, Muslims must help the better person so that we can have a better environment to work for Islam. If we do not vote for better person and sit at home, not only are we creating difficulties for Islamic work, but also we are violating the following principles of Islam:
    • Staying home, we indirectly voted for the worst person, because the best person did not get our support that he deserved.
    • We did not give the trust to whom it belonged;
    • We did not judge among people with justice, because we rejected the better guy and helped the wrong guy by not supporting the right guy;
    • Vote is also a witness on who is better; by staying home we hide the witness.

Hence, voting for the better guy is a duty of a Muslim.

Posted in Activism & Politics on January 13, 2022 by Ayub Hamid

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