Voting & Elections In Non-Islamic Countries – Salafi Scholars View



Most of The Major Salafi Scholars Given Permission to Vote in Non Islamic Countries. voting or participating in elections be considered as assisting the kuffaar in having authority over the Muslims.

The Scholars Who Given ijaazah

Al Allamah Abdul Mushin Al Abbad

Al Allamah Wasiullah Abbas

Al Allamah Shaikh. Luhaydaan

Al Allamah Shaykh. Bin baaz

Al Allamah Shaykh. Uthaymeen

Al Allamah Shaykh. Albany

Al Allamah Anees-ur-Rahman

Al Allamah Shaykh. Muhammad Amaan Al – Jaamee 

1. Shaykh Wasiullah Abbas :

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2. Al Allamah Shaikh. Luhaydaan : 


“A question was asked concerning voting and if voting should be done if it would bring forth some benefit or take away some harm, or give the Muslims more power. And the Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen, when he was here he deemed it permissible but some people still deem it haraam. What is the just saying on this?”


“The Shaykh said that he answered this a few years back, either in the Haram or on the program call Noor ‘alad-Darb. He said that the Muslim should do that which would bring benefit to Islaam and the Muslims, and it is known that no benefit can come about through disobedience of Allaah and His Messenger. Where there is no ruling concerning a matter, in the book or the Sunnah, and this action would bring forth some type of benefit to Islaam, then it can be done. As such, voting for a man who might bring to the Muslims something better than which they have, or keep away from them harm that is upon them, or he is better in comparison with his opponent; then there is no problem with voting for that man.

The Muslims should make ijtihaad i.e. a great effort in finding out what is best for them and most beneficial. They may get it or they may not, but they would have tried based upon hope that they would have done this good and brought benefit to Islaam and there is no haraam in that. In some lands the number of Muslims is great and if they work together they would have a good effect in choosing. For instance, if there are ten million (10,000,000) Muslims and they vote for a man they see is not taken by desires, swung left and right, but he is truthful and returns the favour, then there is no problem in choosing such a man.”

Shaykh Saalih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydaan, may Allah preserve him

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(b)Wouldn’t voting or participating in elections be considered as assisting the kuffaar in having authority over the Muslims? || Shaykh Saalih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydaan,


“Wouldn’t voting or participating in elections be considered as assisting the kuffaar in having authority over the Muslims?”


“If the Muslims refrain from voting, then are the elections going to be nullified or are they still going to go forth or not? If this President is going to be put forth (elected), and if it is true that whether the Muslims vote or not it’s going to go through, and they see that in electing someone to office is better for them than the opposing party – if they see that this is the situation; or if they see that this person is better than the other he’s going to be easy with the Muslims or better with them than the opposition, then in this situation, it is good for them to vote.

But if they don’t vote and they sit back and there is an opposing party that is clear that it is opposing the Muslims, and it would cause some harm upon the Muslims, then this is not good. In fact, it would be hurting the Muslims, or helping to hurt the Muslims because you have not voted for the party that would help the Muslims.”

Shaykh Saalih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydaan, may Allah preserve him 

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 3. Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbad
Shaykh Said : There is no harm in voting for candidates who will be of more benefit to the Muslims than the others. In this instance, voting for them is an example of doing the lesser of two evils to avoid the greater evil. All of the candidates are disbelievers and, therefore, harmful. However, the candidate who is less harmful to the Muslims is better than the candidate whose harm is far greater. (sitting with the Shaikh on January 19th, 2007 (29 Dhul Hijjah 1427)
 4.  Shaykh Nasiruddin Albany Changed His Previous View :

As He Said : I mentioned to them, as I have mentioned previously, that elections and Parliaments are not Islamic and that I do not advise any Muslim to nominate himself as a representative in Parliament because he will never be able to do anything for Islam. Rather, the movement will overcome him just as it has happened with all of the existing governments in the Arab countries.

Even with that being the case, I noted that in all of the Muslim lands, regrettably, there are Muslims who nominate themselves to Parliament claiming that they will reduce evil. We can not forcefully prevent them from campaigning; all we can do is advise, clarify, and convey [the truth].

Hence, if a Muslim is going to nominate himself as opposed to a Christian or Communist, whether it be for major or minor elections (according to your terminology) then we vote for him.

Why? Because there is an Islamic principle upon which I have based my answer. If a Muslim is placed between two evils he chooses the lesser of the two evils. There is no doubt that having a Muslim as the president (mayor) of local government is less harmful – and I don’t say better – than having a mayor that is a disbeliever or an atheist.

Questioner: Our Shaikh, I understand from this that as it relates to Parliament and even local elections that if a there is a Muslim candidate it is permissible to vote for him.

Shaikh: Yes, however based on the principle, and memorize what I am saying, based on the principle of repelling the greater evil with the lesser evil; not because he is better. 

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5. Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)

Shaykh was asked about the ruling on elections, and he replied: I think that elections are obligatory; we should appoint the one who we think is good, because if the good people abstain, who will take their place? Evil people will take their place, or neutral people in whom there is neither good nor evil, but they follow everyone who makes noise. So we have no choice but to choose those who we think are fit. 

If someone were to say: We chose someone but most of the parliament are not like that, 

We say: It does not matter. If Allaah blesses this one person and enables him to speak the truth in this parliament, he will undoubtedly have an effect. But what we need is to be sincere towards Allaah and the problem is that we rely too much on physical means and we do not listen to what Allaah says. So nominate the one who you think is good, and put your trust in Allaah. End quote.  

(From Liqaa’aat al-Baab al-Maftooh, no. 210) 



6. Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh

Muslim minorities in Non-Muslim countries voting to prevent a greater evil

Questioner: “Soon elections will take place in the Netherlands, and the brothers there are asking if it is permissible to partake in the elections, knowing that there are certain parties who are against Islam and the Muslims, and we fear that if they come to power, it will be harmful for Islam and the Muslims?”

Shaykh: “Let them participate [i.e. by voting]; hopefully, Allah will make it of benefit for Islam and the Muslims.”

Questioner: “So it is permissible to partake in the elections?”

Shaykh: Take part [i.e. go vote]! And let them take part; hopefully Allah will strengthen their voice.”

Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Aal ash-Shaykh, may Allah preserve him

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Source: Recorded telephone conversation from 2010.

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7. Shaikh.bin baaz

Source : ( Al Aqalliyat Al Muslimah page 34 fatwa no : 8 )



8. Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta 

Is one prohibited to express an opinion on internal or external politics?


“…Is one prohibited to express an opinion on internal or external politics?”


“…expressing one’s opinion on internal or external politics of the nation is not prohibited so long as it is for the public interest of Islam and Muslims and does not stir turmoil that may incur disunion, failure, defeat and ruin.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!”

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz
Shaykh ‘Abdul-Razzaq ‘Afify
Shaykh ‘Abdullah Ghudayyan

Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Qa’ud




9. Shaykh Anees-ur-Rahman (One of the Kibaar Scholar From India)

Shaykh Said :Voting is a Muslim Duty in Non islamic countries.

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