An open letter to the MP’s and Candidates of Wales

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To the MPs of Wales,

We have seen you come to the places of worship of the Muslims and use these places as a platform to encourage voting and participation in your democracy. We have seen you campaign on behalf of yourselves and your respective parties and use our mosques as a platform to further your own political goals. We are reminding you that you are not welcome in our mosques and demand that you stop these activities and stop using our places of worship as a platform for your own interests.

Allah Almighty has stated in the Glorious Quran that sovereignty belongs to Him alone. Thus only Allah Almighty has the right to legislate and enact laws for mankind. Allah the Almighty says in the Quran:

“And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the disbelievers.” (Qur’an: Surah 5, Verse 44)

“And judge, [O Muhammad], between them by what Allah has revealed…” (Qur’an: Surah 5, Verse 49)

 “The Hukm (judgment) is for none but Allâh. He has commanded that you worship none but Him, that is the (true) straight religion, but most men know not.” (Qur’an: Surah 12, Verse 40)

Democracy is a religion unto itself. It is a religion other than Islam. This is because it takes sovereignty away from Allah Almighty, and violates His right to be the sole Legislator, and places it into the hands of men. Therefore you place man on an equal pedestal to Allah Almighty and you accept to be worshipped in his place.

We do not want you entering our Mosques and asking us Muslims to violate Allah’s right to be the sole legislator. We do not want you to encourage us to vote in this system of unbelief, which challenges the right of our Lord. It is only He who legislates and what you do is a directly challenge his Divine Law (Shariah), A Law revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).

Furthermore, we invite you to Islam and if you become a Muslim you will be safe from the Hellfire, and Allah will reward you for guiding your people to the truth. If you reject this invitation of Islam you will be committing a sin by misguiding your people. And I recite to you Allah’s statement:

“O People of the Scriptures! Come to a word common to you and us that we worship none but Allah and that we associate nothing in worship with Him, and that none of us shall take others as Lords beside Allah. Then if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have surrendered to Allah). (Qur’an: Surah 3, Ayah 64).



The Muslims


An open letter to the mosques of South Wales.

As Salamu Alaykum,

We begin in the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. To him belongs all praise and may he exalt and send blessings upon our beloved prophet and those who follow his way.

We are writing to you today because of our concerns regarding the upcoming general elections and our role as Muslims in this matter.

We have seen over the past several elections that mosques have been opening their doors for MP’s to address the Muslims, specifically during Friday prayers. In doing so, the mosques have been providing a platform for the kuffaar to promote their kufr and pulling the Muslims towards committing shirk.

After having spoken to some members of the public, we have come to find that the general public are unaware of what democracy actually is and the implications of participating in it from an Islamic perspective. Therefore, we have highlighted the main features of democracy below and we have explained why it is shirk.

The reality of democracy is that it is a violation of the right of Allah. When voting for a specific MP, we are explicitly stating that this MP represents us in parliament and that we give him the right to legislate on our behalf and decide what should be deemed legal or illegal (i.e. haram or halal) within this society. Therefore, if the MP we elect enters the parliament with the objective of allowing alcohol, fornication, interest or homosexuality, not only is he responsible, but also the ones who he represents, i.e the voters. We as mankind, Muslim or not, have no right to decide what is halal or haram after Allah has already decided the matter for mankind.

If the above logical explanation of democracy is not enough for one to understand, then Allah says in Surah Al Kahf, “He shares not in his legislation with anybody”. He also states in surah Yusuf “Legislation is not but for Allah”. Further to this, one of Allah’s (s.w.t) names and attributes is Al-Hakim, which means ‘The Legislator’. This name and its attribute belongs exclusively to Allah, so why is it that we not only allow someone to assume that attribute for themselves, but we also aide and support them and give them the platform to violate Allahs right?

Allah the Most High also states in surah Ash-shura – “Or have they partners with Allah (false gods), who have instituted for them a deen which Allah has not allowed. And had it not been for a decisive Word (gone forth already), the matter would have been judged between them. And verily, for the Zalimun there is a painful torment.” This ayah is telling us that a way of life constituted by man is a deen of its own. Such is democracy, a deen of its own that Allah has not allowed.

Many will argue that there is benefit to be sought from voting for the right party. They assume that the position of Muslims will strengthen from participating in the democratic process. This assumption could not be further from the truth because there can be no benefit from committing shirk! Even if we were to gain the highest authority on earth by means of committing shirk, that deed would be lost and the fruits of it would be rotten. Why do you believe that Allah will bless you with strength and security if you commit shirk and you oppose his deen?

Besides all of this, from a perspective of ‘benefit’, we have seen how these MP’s are unlawful and untrustworthy at best. In the past, many Muslims voted for a particular party in order to gain benefit for themselves here in the UK but this party was at the forefront in attacking Islam by initiating wars against Muslims across the world and then attacking the symbols of Islam such as the veil and halal meat. In surah Al-Baqarah, Allah (s.w.t) says, “never will the Jews and Christians be please with you until you follow their religion”.

We would like to take this opportunity to advise our community leaders, mosque committees and Imams to stop allowing the MP’s and their supporters the platform to promote shirk. Also, we urge the imams to take up their duty and to actively stop Muslims from voting. Being silent on the matter is not acceptable as you know better than us from the hadith of Aisha (r.a) that Allah The All Mighty orders the angels to destroy a town because of their evil and that the destruction should begin with the worshippers who were silent at the sight of evil around them.

We would also like to make it clear that this letter has not been sent in animosity toward you, our elders, our brothers and our respected sheikhs. We love your for the sake of Allah and pray that Allah will reward you for your sincere efforts in sacrificing and working for his deen. We are sure that you already know about these issues. We only wish to share in the reward, even if only by reminding.

If you would like to contact us and discuss the matter further, or if you require clarification on certain issues, please feel free to contact us on the phone number below and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

As Salaamu Alaykum, Warahmatullah wabarakatuhu.

Your Brothers in Islam.


How democracy works

Democracy is a system of governance whereby man decides what is right or wrong, permissible or impermissible within society. The decision on what will be classed as lawful or unlawful is based solely on the whims of man and the constantly changing moral standards that he has set for himself.

The problem with this system is that the laws are ever-changing and always tailored to fit the desires of man. Over time, this has led to a moral decay of society and of individuals’ behaviour. Crime and immorality has become widespread and injustice has become the norm.

Negative effects

The negative effects of man-made laws can be seen in society today. With the legalisation of pornography, women have been reduced to sexual objects and even children below the age of 10 are sexually abusing their peers.

Alcohol has been made lawful and so people are free to consume as much as they please even though it is known to be a leading factor in domestic violence cases and mental diseases such as depression.

Banks have been given the go-ahead to charge interest as they please. Their greed has caused a collapse of economy in many countries around the world.

These are just a few examples of the problems we face in society as a result of man assuming the role of legislator.

Islam as an alternative

Many people misunderstand Islam. Islam is much more than a religion of spirituality. It’s a comprehensive system of governance that covers all aspects of life including the economic system, judicial system, social system and a foreign policy.

The basic premise of this system is that God is the legislator and only he decides what is lawful and unlawful for mankind. “…He shares not in his legislation with anyone.” – Quran 18:26. His laws are ever-lasting and relevant to all times. He is The Judge and will call mankind to account for all that they have done of good and evil. Who then, is better to set the standards for lawful and unlawful?

God says in the Quran, “This day I have perfected for you your way of life and completed My favour on you and have approved for you Islam as a religion” – Quran 5:3. Here, God is telling us that this way of life is complete and not in need of change. We do not need to decide what is morally right or wrong as God has determined that for us already through the Quran and the example of His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Don’t vote

After considering the above, we urge you to accept Islam as a way of life for yourself and to invite your friends and family to accept it too. We urge you to fulfil your purpose in life which is to worship God alone without associating partners with Him. We call you to Monotheism, which is to direct your worship to God exclusively and not to call upon anyone else.

Singling out God for worship is done by following His laws and by rejecting those that associate with him, whether they associate by bowing to an idol, claiming a prophet to be God or by legislating laws without authority.

We ask that you reject Democracy by refraining from voting in the coming elections and instead, work towards implementing a society that is based on just laws: The Laws of God.

Caution, Risk of Shirk

“…He shares not His legislation with anyone.” – Kahf : 26

Oh Muslims, voting season has arrived! Over the coming weeks will see MP’s and different political party members approach us from every angle and try to convince us that they best represent our needs. They will encourage us to participate in democracy and to vote for them in the coming elections. It is incumbent on you oh Muslims, to reject these people and their system! This system of democracy is Kufr, participating in it is to indulge in Shirk and this is the worst crime committed against Allah!



Democracy is a deen of it’s own!

Without doubt, democracy is kufr and to participate in it by voting is shirk. Many of you will question how this can be, so it is imperative for us to learn about the idea behind democracy and how it works, understand its foundation and then look to the Islamic ruling regarding it.

The process of democracy is based around the idea that man decides what is permissible or impermissible in society. The average individual decides on which MP or political party best represents his or her needs and then votes for that candidate. The winning MP’s then head to parliament to decide on what should be made halal and haram in society in a process called legislation.

Allah tells us in Surah Kahf “…He shares not His legislation with anyone.” So deciding what is halal and haram or permissible and impermissible is only for Allah. How dare we think that man can challenge Allah the Almighty in legislation and shame on the Muslim who allows the Kufaar to decide what is halal and haram for him!

Islam as ruling system.

Islam is much more than a religion of spirituality. It is a much more comprehensive way of life. It is complete and not in need of change or addition. Allah says in the Quran, This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion”. – Al Maeda : 3. Therefore, we are not in need of men to decide what should be deemed right or wrong. We have the Quran and Sunnah to refer back to for all decisions, major and minor.

Allah, glorified be he also says Legislation is not but for Allah . He has commanded that you worship not except Him. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.” – Yusuf: 40.

It is a consensus amongst the scholars of past and the truthful scholars of today that man-made laws are kufr.

Ibn Taymiyah said: “Seeking judgment is an act of worship. Whoever associates with Allah with his arbitration is a mushriq.”

So what then of the one who not only seeks judgment from kufaar, but also chooses a kafir to represent him in deciding what should be made halal or haram! Clearly this person is indulging in acts of kufr!

Will you associate with Allah?

After all the evidences have been made clear, there is no excuse for any Muslim who reads this leaflet to ignore its contents and go to vote at the poling station. Committing shirk with Allah is no small matter! The consequences of your decision would lead to an eternity in hellfire!

No doubt, the Shaytan is whispering in your ear and telling you that it is ok, that you believe in Allah and that will be enough for you on the Day of Judgment, but if it were enough to just believe in the existence of Allah without to consider your actions, Shaytan himself would be spared! He has seen paradise and believes in Allah, but his actions and arrogance have led him astray. Don’t let your actions lead you astray.

Did the Imams tell you to vote?

Allah says,They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah…” Taubah : 31. How did they take them as lords? By obeying them when they made halal what Allah had ordained as haram and making haram what Allah had ordained as halal. Don’t be worshippers of these so-called Imams and Sheikhs who have no Islamic justification for what they do. They follow nothing but their own desires. So beware of them and depend on Allah alon

Fatwah on Participating in Democratic Elections

Question: What is The Islamic Verdict on those Participating in the British General elections and On Voting?

Praise be to the almighty Allah and may the peace of Allah and his Mercy be upon the Messenger Muhammad, his family and his companions and those who ally with them.

In order to be able to answer the urgent question of participating in the British Parliament and voting for candidates who want to participate in Parliament, we must understand the reality, for the Juristic principle states part of Judging a matter is comprehending it or understanding its reality.

Therefore we must understand the reality of two things:
1- The British Parliament who some candidates want to participate in and
2- The election which the people want to be involved in i.e. voting.

We must remember that part of our Imaan and belief in Allah (SWT) is At-Tawoheed which means obeying, following, worshipping and elevating Almighty Allah (SWT) exclusively, without associating with him or his attributes anyone else, and that conversely associating with God or with any of his attributes is an act of Shirk which makes a person go outside the fold of Islam and that this is why At-Tawheed is the fundamental pillar of Islam. One of Allah (SWT)’s attributes is that he is the legislator and the commander and he has the absolute right and power to command and legislate, and no-one shares this absolute power with him. For Allah (SWT) says:

“Verily the absolute right of legislating is for none but Allah (SWT)” [EMQ 12:40]

And Allah (SWT) says:
“It is unlawful for Believers male or female if Allah and His Messenger decree a command to have any choice but to abide with it and whosoever disobeys Allah or his Messenger went astray in plain misguidance” [EMQ 33:36]

After having established this absolute fact let us investigate the reality of Parliament or as it has been described ‘the Legislative House’ for the People; this is its description according to lawyers who call it the legislative body formulated for passing laws, Those who are associated with this body are called MP’s, i.e. The Representatives or Deputies of the people, who have been elected by them. There is no disagreement among anyone in the Eastern or Western Countries that the main function of Parliament is to legislate law and that the role of the MP’s is to choose from among themselves Ministers. We can summarise the main duties of this legislative body or parliament as:
1- Legislating or passing bills or law,
2- Giving a vote of confidence for the Prime Minister and his/her cabinet as the government.

As for the Sources of legislation for Parliament, it includes:
1- The mind and desires of the MP’s or Ministers as representatives on behalf of the people
2- International institutions or so-called international law.
The Deen of most people in the World today is Secularism which states that; God has Sovereignty ONLY in Heaven or Inside the Church and in the places of worship, whereas Man i.e. People, have Sovereignty On Earth in all other Spheres of Life Except Religion (which according to the Deen of Secularism States that Religion is a Personal experience between an Individual and a supernatural power or God such as the Sun, a Cow, Statues or people etc…) this is the reality of Parliament and the basis upon which it is built.

As for the reality of Voting; Voters have a common sovereignty as people who legislate for their own affairs in society therefore as a sovereign body they establish a mechanism to have representatives from among themselves, who they choose and vote for, who become MP’s and legislate law and order on their behalf for their own interests. This is manifested in the political man-made principle, which states that ‘the Rule is by the people, for the people over the people’, hence we can say that people are the source of legislation.

The reality of the voter is that he/she is the one who chooses his representative, which results in fact in his/her joint liability for whatever the representative has been chosen and allocated for. The task here being to legislate laws in order to manage peoples interests.

In Summary, Parliament is a body which legislates, people are sovereign and the source of legislation, and MP’s are chosen by the people to legislate on their behalf.

The Islamic verdict on the above:
1- Anybody who believes that almighty Allah (SWT) is not the only, exclusive Legislator and Commander is a disbeliever i.e. Kaafir.
2- Anybody who believes in Almighty Allah (SWT) and associates anyone else with Him, contravening his being the sole legislator and commander is a Mushrik i.e. associates another as partner unto Allah (SWT).
3- Any Muslim who votes for a person knowing that the Parliament is a body of legislating law is an apostate.
4- Any Muslim who participates in elections to become an MP knowing the reality of Parliament as a legislative House is an apostate.
5- Any Muslim who does not know the reality of Parliament and he votes is sinful because he did seek the divine ruling for his action before committing it, since the Juristic Principle is that every action, verbal or physical, must be based on an Islamic ruling which is derived solely from the Qur’an and Sunnah.
6-Any Muslim who participates in voting for a candidate whether the candidate is Muslim or non-Muslim basing his action on a misled so-called ‘opinion’ from a rationalist or secular clergyman has been misled and the issue must be explained to him/her. Though believing that Allah (SWT) is the only legislator is a matter known from the Deen of Islam by necessity, therefore ignorance about it is not an excuse and he/she is therefore sinful.
7- The only excuse is for a person who is new Muslim or fully Jaahil or someone ignorant about what is known by necessity from the Deen of Islam due to the fact that he has grown up under kufr law and between non-Muslims. Those Muslims need the matter explained to them but if they continue to vote claiming that they have a different opinion from another person they are sinful.

As for the divine evidences for the above verdicts, they are derived from the fact that Allah (SWT) says:
‘They imitate the sayings of the disbelievers, Allah(SWT)’s curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth; They took their Rabbis and their Monks to be their Lords and Legislators besides Allah(SWT) and took the Messiah, the son of Mary, while they were commanded to worship, obey and follow none but one God/Allah; none has the right to be worshipped or followed and to legislate but he, praise and glory be to him from having the partners they associate with him ’[EMQ 30:31]

The circumstances in which this ayah was revealed are as follows:

It has been reported by Huzaifah in Ahmad, Tirmizi and Ibn Jarir that the Messenger Muhammad (saw) was reciting this verse and Udayy (ra) said to Him (saw): ‘Oh Rasoul Allah, they do not worship the Rabbis and the Monks’ To which He (saw) replied: ‘The Rabbis and Monks make that which is lawful unlawful and that which is unlawful lawful and they i.e. the people, follow them, and by doing so they worship them’

In addition, Allah (SWT) says in another clear-cut and explicit evidence that obeying any man-made system knowingly with consent for its source, different to Allah (SWT) is apostasy. For Allah (SWT) says;

‘Eat not, Oh believers, of that meat on which Allah (SWT)’s name has not been pronounced at the time of slaughtering the animal, for surely it is Fisq (a sin and disobedience of Allah) and certainly the evil do inspire their friends to dispute with you and if you were to obey them by making a dead (un-slaughtered) animal lawful and eating it, then you would indeed be Mushrikoun (polytheists)’ [EMQ 6:121]

Note here that Allah (SWT) is describing obedience in a matter of legislation in the example of making the unlawful un-slaughtered meat lawful, as an act of shirk although people did not worship idols or pray to them. Even so God calls them Mushriks! As for the circumstances of this verse, it has been reported in Al-Haakim upon the authority of Ibn Abbas (RA) that this verse was addressing Muslims when a group of Mushriks were debating with them on the issue of legislating. The Mushriks said: ‘You call the sheep upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned; dead, who is the one who killed her?’ The Muslims said: ‘Allah’ So they replied: ‘So what Allah has killed or slaughtered by a gold knife is haram and what you have slaughtered with a metal knife is halal?’ To which Allah (SWT) revealed the above ayah.

In this ayah Allah (SWT) has declared as Mushrik the one obeys anyone other than Allah(SWT), even if one does not make sujood to him/her. So what can we say about the one who obeys or votes for another to legislate law and order for them? Allah (SWT) says:

‘Or have they partners with Allah, who have legislated for them what Allah (SWT) has not decreed and had it not been for a decisive word the matter would have been judged between them and verily for the Polytheists and wrongdoers there is a painful torment’ [EMQ 42:21]

Moreover we know very well that Allah (SWT) says: ‘And He made none share in his decision or rule’ [EMQ 18:26]

It is well known in Islam that any law different to the law of Allah (SWT) is Taghout and Allah (SWT) rejects us to refer to Taghout:

‘Have you seen those 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 dispute to the Taghout i.e. false Judges etc… while they have been ordered to reject them but Shaytaan wishes to lead them far astray’ [EMQ 4:60]

It has been reported concerning the circumstances of the above ayah that some hypocrites claimed to be Muslims and yet in their own disputes they tried to refer to the man-made decision of some contemporary MP’s as legislators such as Amru Bim Luhay, Al-Khuzaa’ie and Ka’ab Bin Al-Ashraf with other Monks, Priests and MP’s who used to legislate for them, instead of going to the Messenger of Allah and seeking the legislation of the almighty Allah.

As for those people who have been misled and have fallen down in this clear-cut apostasy and crime, the Messenger Muhammad (saw) said: ‘One of the things I fear strongly for my Ummah is mis-guided Imaams who will lead part of my Ummah to worship Idols and they will lead others of my Ummah to follow the Mushrikeen’

Therefore whoever votes or follows any of those misguided legislators and gives them the vote enabling them to legislate has in fact chosen a lord to legislate for him and this is associating with almighty Allah another legislator and commander. Allah (SWT) says:

‘Are many different Lords better or Allah, the one the irresistible, you do not follow, obey, worship beside him but only figures which you have named, you and your fathers for which Allah has sent down no authority, Verily the Command and the Judgment and the power of legislation is for none but Allah, he has commanded that you worship and follow none but him, that is the true path but most people know not’ [EMQ 12:39 & 40]

This is the reality of the new Deen and Lordship, which declares sovereignty for man which most of the people have embraced. This is why whatever man does as a good Deed and whatever a Muslim does as prayer or fasting and other good deeds and afterwards commits this apostasy and does not repent from it, thereafter all his deeds will be abolished, for Allah (SWT) says:

‘This is the guidance of Allah with which He guides whomsoever he wills of his servants but if they have joined or associated in worship others with Allah all that they used to do as good will have been of no benefit to them’ [EMQ 6:88]

And for those who claim that we are not calling them Creators but we are merely calling them ‘Commanders’, we will remind them that Allah (SWT) says: ‘Surely he is the only Creator and the only Commander, blessed be Allah, the Lord of all that exists’ [EMQ 7:54]

Hence as no one is allowed to be associated with him in his absolute power of creation similarly no one has the right to associate with him in his absolute power of commandment and legislation.

As for those people who have been misled by others and have committed this crime before as an error from them we advise them to fear Allah and not to indulge in this crime again because Allah (SWT) will excuse them for what they commit out of error but he will never excuse them for what they commit intentionally until they give it up and ask for forgiveness, for Allah (SWT) says: ‘And there is no sin on you if you commit an error or mistake in your deeds except for those you committed deliberately or intentionally’ [EMQ 33:5]

The mistaken are therefore excused the way the Messenger Muhammad (saw) explained about the Bedouin who lost his camel in the desert with all his clothes and his water and then found it after having lost all hope of surviving and was ready to face death. Allah (SWT) sent his camel back to him and he supplicated and said: ‘Oh Allah you are my Servant and I am Your Lord’ The Messenger Muhammad (saw) said regarding this: ‘Verily he committed his mistake because h was lost in his happiness’

There is a world of difference between someone who votes out of error and mistake thinking he/she is doing a good deed and those who do such evil actions intentionally and they call people to participate in elections and voting day and night, collecting money for it, setting up stalls, writing and distributing leaflets for it, inviting MP’s to the houses of Allah, offering gifts to them, slaughtering meat and even sacrificing their Tawoheed in order to be elected or to vote so that they may get some benefit. Is there any comparison between such people and the Bedouin mentioned in the narration above?

Finally I would like to stress that the above seven verdicts passed do not include the one who voted under duress or absolute ignorance or the one who has been misled without any clarification for him/her. This is one of the calamities, which has affected many Muslims both in Muslim countries and non-Muslim countries today.

I pray to Allah (SWT) to forgive all those who commit sins out of mistake and to guide all of us to work to implement his command and to establish his Deen so that Sovereignty is for none but Allah and the Supremacy of Islam is dominant over the Whole World. All Glory and Thanks is for Him alone (SWT).

Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad

Fatwa No: L-221 – 20 Safar 1422 Hijri – 15th May 2001