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.