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Guidelines to choosing a party to vote

Q: Could you please provide guidelines to choosing a party to vote for as I feel discouraged to even register as I do not know who to vote for with so much corruption in the current government despite us Muslims enjoying freedom. On the other hand other parties our freedom not guaranteed. Please advise jazakallah


A: Kindly find below an article published in our last Al Ihsan times, Issue 2 (April 2014), Page no.8.

‘Muslim communities around the world find themselves living as minorities in certain countries that are democratic and allow citizens freedom of religion to practice and promote their faith without hindrance.

Muslims living as minorities are expected to display true Islamic values of peace, brotherhood, kindness to fellow humans and to be law-abiding citizens of the land and will be affected by the law of the land enacted by the lawmakers who are elected by the public who they serve.

The question arises whether Muslims should contribute to civil governance and participate in the politics of the country by voting and making representation etc. Generally, a candidate soliciting votes undertakes to better service delivery, take ethical positions on local, national and international issues, make allocation of religious identity without intimidation, permitting the free expression of one’s religious and political views, etc. as well as taking a clear, just and ethical stand on international issues affecting oppressed communities such as Palestine, Syria, etc.

Voting for a political party does not mean that one agrees with all the ideologies and views of the respective party or its candidate, rather the intention is that the candidate or his party will influence favourable decisions for the welfare of citizens and the country.

Therefore Muslims should be proactive and vote for a party or candidate who:
1. Acts with justice
2. Acts in the interest of the public and the country
3. Occupies public office with integrity

Muslims should voice their disagreement with policies and laws that do not conform to Islamic values and present alternatives and better options.’

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Was Salaam

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