A voter’s attitude towards electing nominees following or not following Shari`ah


Q: In Algeria, we have legislative elections. There are some parties that call for the Islamic rule and others reject it. What is the ruling on a Muslim who votes for a party that calls for
(Part No. 1; Page No. 373) non-Islamic rule, knowing that he performs Salah (prayer)?

A: It is obligatory for Muslims who live in countries that do not judge according to the Shari`ah (Islamic law) to spare no effort to rule according to the Shari`ah and form a united front to help the party that is known to rule according to it. However, helping those who try to prevent the application of the Islamic Shari`ah is not permissible. Indeed, it may lead to Kufr (disbelief). Allah (Exalted be He) says, And so judge (you O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) among them by what Allâh has revealed and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they turn you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) far away from some of that which Allâh has sent down to you. And if they turn away, then know that Allâh’s Will is to punish them for some sins of theirs. And truly, most of men are Fâsiqûn (rebellious and disobedient to Allâh). Do they then seek the judgement of (the days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allâh for a people who have firm Faith. Therefore, after Allah declared the disbelief of those who do not judge according to the Islamic Shari`ah, He warned the believers against helping or supporting them and commanded the believers to hold Taqwa (wariness of offending Allah) if they are truly believers. Allah (Exalted be He) says, O you who believe! Take not as Auliyâ’ (protectors and helpers) those who take your religion as a mockery and fun from among those who received the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before you, and nor from among the disbelievers; and fear Allâh if you indeed are true believers.
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May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

The fifth question of Fatwa no. 4029
Q 5: Is it permissible to vote or nominate for elections, given the fact that our country is not ruled by the law revealed by Allah?
A: It is not permissible for a Muslim to nominate himself hoping to be a part of a system disagreeing with the Islamic revealed law. Similarly, it is not permissible for a Muslim to vote for anyone who will work in that government
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unless the one who nominates himself or those who vote for him hope that their participation may enable them to change the system to act upon Shari`ah and are using this as a means to overcome the system of government. Moreover, a person who nominates himself should not accept any position after being elected except if it is in conformity with the Islamic Shari`ah.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

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