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The Participation in Elections is a Trust and a Constitutional Right

Author : The General Iftaa` Department

Date Added : 11-11-2020


 

The Participation in Elections is a Trust and a Constitutional Right

 

Participating in parliamentary elections is legitimate, in addition to being a constitutional right, a national duty and a trust, which a citizen should preserve and deliver properly. It is also a testimony for which he/she will be called to account before Almighty Allah since He says {What means}: " Their testimony will be recorded and they will be questioned." {Al-Zukhruf, 19}.

A voter should be keen on electing the strong and trusty candidate because Allah says {What means}: " Said one of the (damsels): "O my (dear) father! engage him on wages: truly the best of men for thee to employ is the (man) who is strong and trusty"...." {Al-Qasas, 26}. Consequently, whoever votes for a non-eligible candidate betrays the trust of Allah and His Messenger and misappropriates knowingly things entrusted to him/her. This is attested to in the verse where Allah says {What means]: " O ye that believe! betray not the trust of God and the Apostle, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you." {Al-Anfal, 27}. 

Members of parliament who have these traits are expected to perform the duties for which they are elected.

Elections provide a legitimate way for the people to elect members of parliament (MPs) and it is one of the Shura mechanisms acknowledged by Sharia, as indicated by extensive evidence from the Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah. Not only that, but the companions had applied this mechanism at the beginning of the history of Islam. Earlier, members of parliament used to be known as "Urafa"(Headmen). The Prophet (PBUH) used to check with them about people`s opinions on public issues where he (PBUH) used to say, "Go back so that your 'Urafa' may submit your decision to us." {Related by Bukhari}.

We also remind everyone to follow the health directives in terms of wearing masks, keeping social distance during the electoral process, and following other protective measures to preserve lives and safety of everyone because it was narrated from Ibn 'Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.”

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