Elections (Voting) haram, bid’ah, imitation of Kufaar; Democracy is disbelief (kufr)!
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Beware – may Allaah show you His Mercy and protect you – that the American elections and Voting process offered to you in America are an innovation in the Islamic religion, imitation of the kufaar, and can lead to kufr (disbelief) since they are part of the democratic system.
Voting is not Islamic Shuraa
Explained by Shaykh Fawzan
O noble Shaykh, may Allah give you success. Is it permissible to participate in elections and voting that are based upon democracy and man-made laws?
This is not from the actions of the Muslims. The action of the Muslims is for the scholars firm in knowledge to give the pledge of alliance to the one who is suitable to be the leader and by this he becomes the leader. And the people follow their decision; the people follow the decision of the scholars who are firm in knowledge, from the scholars and judges. It is not a must that everyone has a vote. This is the system of the west not the system of Islam.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
Regarding voting and Elections, Shaykh Muqbil (rahimahullaah) said,
“And I say: Are elections not, except the path of democracy? …Democracy is disbelief (kufr) because it means that the populace rules itself by itself. It means there is no Book [Qur`an] and no Sunnah and no Islaam, and the allowing of fornication and homosexuality.”
Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) said,
“… And as for the elections [that are] well known [and implemented] today in the various nations, then they are not from the Islamic order. Chaos, personal aspirations enter into them, as do greed and favoritism (bias). Tribulations and the shedding of blood result from them, and the desired goal is not attained by them. Rather, they are just a ground for bids (i.e. campaigns), buying and selling and false claims.” 
The personal aspirations Shaykh Fawzaan mentioned is the candidates’ desire and putting themselves forward for leadership and authority – an act the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) prohibited. Abu Musa (radiallaahu ‘anhu) narrated: Two of my cousins and I entered the apartment of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). One of them said: Messenger of Allaah, appoint us rulers of some lands that the Almighty and Glorious Allaah has entrusted to your care. The other also said something similar. He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “We do not appoint to this position one who asks for it nor anyone who is covetous for the same.” *
When Shaykh ‘Ubaid Al-Jabiree (hafidhahullaah) was asked if it was permissible for the Muslims in the lands of disbelief [such as America] to enter into elections from the aspect of being “the lesser of the two evils”, the shaykh responded:
“Elections are not from the Sunnah (the way of the Prophet, salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that is known by the Muslims and that which the Salaf (the first three generations after the revelation of the Qur`an) traversed upon from the time of the Companions and the Imaams of the Taabi’een, and those who came after them. Rather, it is a newly invented matter in Islaam, so it is a bid’ah (innovation), and if it is a bid’ah (innovation) then it is muharram (unlawful).”
Shaykh Al-Jabiree added that the only exception to this is if the Muslims were forced – meaning if they don’t vote, they would not receive any rights [of course, this is not the case in America]. In that case, they could select a pious, knowledgeable and wise man amongst them to speak on their behalf and look after their rights. Then he concluded by advising us of that which is better, saying, “But if the Muslims were patient upon the hardships and loss of their rights in the way of abandoning this innovated matter, it is better for them and more desirable. And Allaah knows best.”
When asked via phone two years ago about voting in America, Shaykh Ahmad An-Najmee (rahimahullaah) said,
“Oh my brother, is it permissible for the Muslims to enter into innovations and join and work with the disbelievers to obtain something that may take place, or may not?! This is not correct in my opinion.”
Shaykh Bur’aee said:
“Democracy opposes Islaam in the equality between people, making equal the kufaar to the Muslims, whereas Allaah says (what means): Shall We then treat the (submitting) Muslims like the Mujrimun (criminals, polytheists and disbelievers, etc.)? What is the matter with you? How judge you? (Al-Qalam 68:35-36) In democracy, the righteous scholar is equal to the homosexual or the one who passes corruption upon the Earth – and this is a great injustice.”
Either maliciously or ignorantly, some falsely accuse the Messenger and his companions of holding elections. Of course, this is a lie – and a lie on the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is disastrous to one’s hereafter. The Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) would sometimes consult companions, setting in motion some of the battles and raids, and other times he would not. Either way, he never held elections. And as for ‘Umar (radiallaahu ‘anhu), while dying, he appointed a shura to decide the third calipha. Furthermore, this shura was made of six companions [and a seventh – Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar – to decide the matter in case it was yet unresolved]. And as you can see – may Allaah show you Mercy – the decision was left to the knowledgeable and pious and those who didn’t seek leadership.
This is in contrast to the evil, corrupt, and fraudulent elections in America, where the vote of the ignorant and disbelieving carries more weight than that of the knowledgeable and pious, since each is given a vote and, of course, the knowledgeable and muttaqun are unquestionably the minority. And, likewise, democracy is the rule of the majority, whereas Allaah has revealed (what means): And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allaah’s Path. They follow nothing but conjectures, and they do nothing but lie. (Al-An’aam, ayah 116)
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah ar-Raymee al-Imaam was asked regarding the statement of some: “Democracy and voting are equivalent to the Islamic Shura (Counsel).” The shaykh responded,
“By Allaah, if we did not fear that the ignorant would be influenced by the likes of these words, then it would be obligatory to avoid even responding to this (statement). At any rate, democracy and voting is not combined with the Islamic Shura that Allaah has legislated, not in the fundamentals of the religion nor its subsidiary branches, neither in totality nor in part, not in meaning or in foundation.” And then the shaykh – may Allaah preserve him for the benefit of the Ummah – brought eight detailed evidences in refutation of this statement, at the head of them being that Allaah legislated the Islamic Shura, whereas the people of disbelief, crimes and ignorance legislated democracy. 
 The Ruling on Elections and Demonstrations Al-Jareedat ul-Jazeerah, Issue 11358, Ramadaan 1424. Sahih Muslim, In the Book of Government (CHAPTER: PROHIBITION OF A DESIRE FOR A POSITION OF AUTHORITY AND COVETOUSNESS THEREOF).*
* In the case of Prophet Yusuf (‘alaihi salam), Ibn Katheer said, “Yusuf praised himself, for this is allowed when one’s abilities are unknown and there is a need to do so.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer (Tafseer of Surat Yusuf, Vol. 5).]
 Manhaj ul-Anbiyaah fi ad-Da’wah ilal-Laah (Methodology of the Prophets in Calling to Allaah). From Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam’s book Tanweerudh-Dhulamaat bi Kashf Mafaasid wa Shubahaat Al-Intikhabaat (Illuminating the Darkness in order to uncover the corruptions and doubts concerning Voting), pages 31-35.
[Note: This treatsie is based on the stronger of the two opinions, the opinion followed by the overwhelming majority of the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah. Those in the minority who said it is “the lesser of two evils” provided no proof for their statements, and ijtihaad is not exercised when the majority of scholars have already refuted an issue. And of course, scholars are not followed in their mistakes. This would be blind-following. Even then, those with the weaker of the two opinions stipulated that their opinion was based only if the Muslims do not have full rights to practice their religion, which is not the case in America, and to Allaah belongs all Praise.]
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