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12 years 3 months ago #469 by Uthmanaija
Assalamu 'Alaykum

Pls what is the position of Islam about Muslims participating in Democracy in countries where there are both Muslims and non muslims, so the system of governance is not Islamic, also keeping in mind that Democracy is shirk. Secondly, what does Islam say about a Muslim working for Democratic government, or other government other than Islamic, either as a civil servant, a soldier or a police, a lawyer and so on. Thirdly, what about going to schools to get education other than Islamic, (Knowledge of Hayat) in schools established by democratic governments or other system of government other than Islamic. Please help me clarify these 3 issues, Jazakumullahu Khayran.

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12 years 2 months ago #473 by troid.ca admin
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Wa 'alaykumus Salaam,

A difficult topic and a difficult discusion. You may check:

“what is the reality of elections?”
www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=774

Democracy and it's Islāmic Ruling
www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=773

We Were Told to Vote for Bush in 2000 - Was he the lesser of two evils?
www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=5841

You might find the above interesting. As you know, there is some differing amongst the Scholars about the issue of voting/elections etc. Most of which has been passed on to the west, sometimes with general rulings applied to very specific instances. One point I did want to mention was the application of a ruling from a scholar 'vote for the one who contains less evil/if it brings about good for the Muslims' is very specific, and people in the West have taken this general viewpoint and applied to local and national elections. It is a must that the upright individual takes this viewpoint along with a specific ruling from a scholar telling him he should do this, let him be safe in knowing Shaykh so and so told him specifically to vote for Mr X.

Often, the politically-minded ones in the West take these general rulings (often intended for a specific Muslim country) and interpret them specifically for Johnny Politician in their land.

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