Allah (swt) says,‎

‏﴿‏‎ ‎وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ‎ ‎‏﴾‏

And I (Allah) created not the Jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone) ‎‎[Surah Ad Dhariyaat 51:56]‎

Abdullah ibn Abbas said “The above ayah means to worship Allah (swt) singularly and alone ‎‎(i.e. Li yu wahidoun).”‎

﴿ وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولاً أَنِ اعْبُدُواْ اللّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُواْ الطَّاغُوتَ ﴾

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger ‎‎(proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut [Surah An Nahl 16:36 ]‎

﴿ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىَ لاَ انفِصَامَ لَهَا وَاللّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ‎ ﴾

Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most ‎trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. [EMQ ‎‎2:256]‎

Democracy And Voting In Democratic Elections

The Definition of Democracy‎

§    Democracy is not an Arabic term (democrathia – broken Arabic) has no root verb‎

§    ‎No linguistic meaning

§    No Shariah term

§    Term never used in the time of the Sahabah (ra)‎

§    Term never used politically by the Arabs

Democracy is from the Greeks

§    Demos meaning people‎

§    Cracy meaning judgment, legislation‎

Literal meaning of democracy is ‘the peoples rule’‎

Hence the slogan: Rule of the people, by the people, for the people. Their source of legislation ‎‎(hakimiyah – right to make law) is man (insan). So Man decides what is good and what is bad. ‎

§    Rule of the people = ?  power of legislation for man (those MP’s elected)‎

§    By the people = ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  rule by what they legislate (MP’s)‎

§    For the people = ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  they will be ruled (citizens) by what is legislated ‎

Democracy (definition in the dictionary)‎

‎1. Government by the people exercised either directly or through elected representatives. ‎

‎2. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. ‎

‎3. Majority rule. ‎

Western Democratic Society upholds principles such as freedom, liberalism and secularism. ‎Hence they will accept god as creator but NOT the commander‎

Yet Allah (swt) says, ‎

‎ ‎

﴿ أَلاَ لَهُ الْخَلْقُ وَالأَمْرُ?  تَبَارَكَ اللّهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ‏ ﴾

Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment. Blessed be Allah, the Lord of the Alamin ‎‎[Surah Al A’raf 7:54 ]‎

Democratic Society will have the following:‎

§    Legislative authority = powers to make law and amend them, cabinet and mps

§    Executive authority = execute them, i.e. foreign office, home office, education etc

§    Judicial authority = judge cases and pass verdict according to the legislation

Parliament (Legislative Body)‎

Parliament emanates from the notion that rule is for the people. But as all can’t be involved in ‎this process they choose delegates call MP’s to do this. ‎

The Legislative Parliament

‎1. Legislation and passing law‎

‎2. To give government the vote of confidence or no confidence‎

Parliament today in any country legislates kufr man-made law, thereby competing in Allah ‎‎(swt) Rububiyah; Which is committing SHIRK AKBAR. Allah (swt) says:,

﴿ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاء وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللّهِ فَقَدِ افْتَرَى إِثْمًا عَظِيمًا ﴾

Verily, ‎Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives ‎except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, And whoever sets up partners with Allah ‎in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin. [Surah An Nisa 4:48]‎

﴿ اتَّخَذُواْ أَحْبَـرَهُمْ وَرُهْبَـنَهُمْ أَرْبَاباً مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ وَالْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَآ أُمِرُواْ إِلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُواْ إِلَـهاً ‏‎ ‎وَحِداً ‏‏لاَّ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ سُبْحَـنَهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴾

They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides ‎Allah, and (they also took as their Lord) the Messiah, son of Maryam, while they were ‎commanded to worship none but One God, none has the right to be worshipped but He. ‎Praise and hallowed be He above what they associate (with Him).” [Surah At Taubah 9:31]‎

﴿ وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَى وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّى وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ ‏وَسَاءتْ مَصِيرًا ﴾

And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) after ‎the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. ‎We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil ‎destination. [Surah An Nisa 4:115]‎

Aiesha narrated the Messenger (saw) said:‎

‎(Kullu amali laisa alaihi amruna fahuwa radd)‎

“Whoever does an act not from this matter of ours (Islam) will have it rejected.” [Bukhari] ‎‎[Muslim]‎

If Parliament is haram, so is to become candidates for it, and so is to vote to bring in a ‎candidate.‎

﴿ وَتَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى الْبرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَلاَ تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى الإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ ﴾

Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not ‎help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in ‎punishment [Surah Al Maidah 5:2]‎

‎Some Important Points

Rule (sovereignty) is for none but Allah (swt) 

﴿ إِنِ الْحُكْمُ إِلاَّ لِلّهِ أَمَرَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَـكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ ﴾

The command (or the judgement) is for none but Allah. He has commanded that you ‎worship none but Him (i.e. His Monotheism), that is the (true) straight religion, but most ‎men know not. [Surah Yusuf 12:40]‎

‎None can have a say once a decision is made‎

﴿ وَاللّهُ يَحْكُمُ لاَ مُعَقِّبَ لِحُكْمِهِ وَهُوَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ ﴾

And Allah judges, there is none to put back His Judgement and He is Swift at ‎reckoning.[Surah Ar Ra’d 13:41 ]‎

﴿وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلاَ مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْراً أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ ‏وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَـلاً مُّبِيناً﴾

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a ‎matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and ‎His Messenger, he has indeed strayed into a plain error. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:36]‎

Following the majority is not the haq‎

﴿ قُل لاَّ يَسْتَوِي الْخَبِيثُ وَالطَّيِّبُ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكَ كَثْرَةُ الْخَبِيثِ فَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ يَا أُوْلِي الأَلْبَابِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ ﴾

Say, “Not equal are Al-Khabith (evil) and At-Taiyib (good), even though the abundance of ‎Al-Khabith (evil) may please you.”?

So fear Allah much and love Allah much, O men of understanding in order that you may be ‎successful. [Surah Al Maidah 5:100]‎

﴿ وَمَا أَكْثَرُ النَّاسِ وَلَوْ حَرَصْتَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ ﴾

And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it ‎eagerly. [Surah Yusuf 12:103]‎

Allah (swt) has decreed for the Muslims ‘Islam’ as their only deen/way‎

﴿ إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُ ﴾

Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. [Surah Al Imran 3:19]‎

Allah (swt) condemns those who choose another way‎

﴿ وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الإِسْلاَمِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ ﴾

And whoever seeks a religion ‎other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of ‎the losers. [Surah Al Imran 3:85]‎

﴿ أَمْ لَهُمْ شُرَكَاء شَرَعُوا لَهُم مِّنَ الدِّينِ ﴾

Or have they partners with Allah (false gods), who have ‎instituted for them a religion, which Allah has not allowed. [Surah Ash Shura 42:21]‎

﴿ أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ يَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّهُمْ آمَنُواْ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ يُرِيدُونَ أَن يَتَحَاكَمُواْ إِلَى ‏الطَّاغُوتِ وَقَدْ أُمِرُواْ أَن يَكْفُرُواْ بِهِ وَيُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُضِلَّهُمْ ضَلاَلاً بَعِيدًا‏ ﴾

Have you seen those ‎‎(hypocrites) who claim that they believe in that which has been sent down to you, and that ‎which was sent down before you, and they wish to go for judgement (in their disputes) to ‎the Taghut (false judges, etc.) while they have been ordered to reject them. But Shaytan ‎‎(Satan) wishes to lead them far astray. [Surah An Nisa 4:60]‎

Muslim has no choice but to obey Allah (swt)

﴿ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللّهِ ‏وَالرَّسُولِ ﴾

O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, and those of you (Muslims) who are ‎in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His ‎Messenger [Surah An Nisa 4:59 ]‎

Every person accountable‎

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﴿ فَوَرَبِّكَ لَنَسْأَلَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِيْنَ – عَمَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ‏ ﴾

So, by your Lord (O Muhammad SAW), We shall certainly call all of them to account. For all ‎that they used to do [Surah Al Hijr 15:92-93]‎

The delegate and delegated share in the sin‎

﴿ وَمَن لَّمْ يَحْكُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْكَافِرُونَ ﴾

And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Kafiroun [Surah Al Maidah ‎‎5:44]‎

Delegating to kufr, will lead to being punished for kufr. ‎

Refuting Misconceptions

Yusuf (as) worked for the Aziz of Egypt :‎

§    ‎Did not work in legislative department, rather executive ‎

§    He said “the rule is for Allah (swt)” this was even whilst in Prison ‎

§    He said in the Shariah of Ibrahim the one who steals becomes a slave ie regarding his ‎brother Benjamin ‎

The Negus implemented kufr:‎

§    Embraced Islam before his death ‎

§    Plus the Shariah was not complete ‎

The treaty of Hudaibiyah:‎

§    The Messenger (saw) did not compromise with kufr regimes, rather as the leader of the ‎Islamic state he negotiated for a cease-fire. No comparison with party political ‎elections ‎

The Alliance of Fudhoul:‎

§    The kuffar made a treaty to stop fighting during hajj and look after the hujjaj, the Messenger (saw) expressed he liked the idea, but never partook in it, as it happened in ‎the past ‎

The lesser of two evils:

§    Islam allows the lesser of two harms but not evil?  ‎

§    Which is worse, killing a baby, rape or drinking alcohol ‎

§    Alcohol is the mother of all evils ‎

§    Hadith whosoever sees evil ‎

Fulfil your agreement:‎

§   Only if it doesn’t contradict the Shariah ‎‎

Public Interest:‎

§   Only if it doesn’t contradict the Shariah

Obeying the law of the land:‎

§   Yet Allah (swt) says,‎

﴿ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ اتَّقِ اللَّهَ وَلَا تُطِعِ الْكَافِرِينَ وَالْمُنَافِقِينَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا ﴾

O Prophet! Fear Allah, ‎and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites. Verily! Allah is Ever All Knower, All Wise. ‎‎[Surah Al Ahzab 33:1]‎

﴿ وَلَن يَجْعَلَ اللّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلاً ﴾

And never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers [Surah An Nisa ‎‎4:141]‎