Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Voting in Elections

مسألة الانتخابات

العبد الفقير إلىالله عز وجل أخوكم صالح بن سعد السحيمي

Muslim minorities in Non-Muslim countries voting to prevent a greater evil

Questioner: “Soon elections will take place in the Netherlands, and the brothers there are asking if it is permissible to partake in the elections, knowing that there are certain parties who are against Islam and the Muslims, and we fear that if they come to power, it will be harmful for Islam and the Muslims?”

Shaykh: “Let them participate [i.e. by voting]; hopefully, Allah will make it of benefit for Islam and the Muslims.”

Questioner: “So it is permissible to partake in the elections?”

Shaykh: Take part [i.e. go vote]! And let them take part; hopefully Allah will strengthen their voice.”

Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh, may Allah preserve him

Translated by Salafi-Dawah.com.
Source: Recorded telephone conversation from 2010.
Use the player below or download the MP3 here.

Regarding Voting to Remove Harm or to Bring Benefit


"A question was asked concerning voting and if voting should be done if it would bring forth some benefit or take away some harm, or give the Muslims more power. And the Shaykh ibn 'Uthaymeen, when he was here he deemed it permissible but some people still deem it haraam. What is the just saying on this?"


"The Shaykh said that he answered this a few years back, either in the Haram or on the program call Noor 'alad-Darb. He said that the Muslim should do that which would bring benefit to Islaam and the Muslims, and it is known that no benefit can come about through disobedience of Allaah and His Messenger. Where there is no ruling concerning a matter, in the book or the Sunnah, and this action would bring forth some type of benefit to Islaam, then it can be done. As such, voting for a man who might bring to the Muslims something better than which they have, or keep away from them harm that is upon them, or he is better in comparison with his opponent; then there is no problem with voting for that man.

The Muslims should make ijtihaad i.e. a great effort in finding out what is best for them and most beneficial. They may get it or they may not, but they would have tried based upon hope that they would have done this good and brought benefit to Islaam and there is no haraam in that. In some lands the number of Muslims is great and if they work together they would have a good effect in choosing. For instance, if there are ten million (10,000,000) Muslims and they vote for a man they see is not taken by desires, swung left and right, but he is truthful and returns the favour, then there is no problem in choosing such a man."

Shaykh Saalih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydaan, may Allah preserve him

In Arabic :

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on elections, and he replied: I think that elections are obligatory; we should appoint the one who we think is good, because if the good people abstain, who will take their place? Evil people will take their place, or neutral people in whom there is neither good nor evil, but they follow everyone who makes noise. So we have no choice but to choose those who we think are fit.
If someone were to say: We chose someone but most of the parliament are not like that,
We say: It does not matter. If Allaah blesses this one person and enables him to speak the truth in this parliament, he will undoubtedly have an effect. But what we need is to be sincere towards Allaah and the problem is that we rely too much on physical means and we do not listen to what Allaah says. So nominate the one who you think is good, and put your trust in Allaah. End quote.

From Liqaa’aat al-Baab al-Maftooh, no. 210

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