Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle
Question: Assalamu alaykum
Is it legal and is it actually recommended to vote as a Muslim living in a non-Muslim country?
Reply: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your really good and important question.
Commanding and forbidding injustice are shared commitments, and we must be part of the solution, even if we cannot fully achieve our ultimate moral or political goals.
Personally, I don't think it's very good as a Muslim to be at least not politically active in his own country. Personally, I think that not voting is apathetic and lazy, which a Muslim should never be.
For a complete answer, see:
What should be our intention when voting? – Sheikh Faraz Rabbani
Is voting allowed?
I pray that helps.
(Sheikh) Farid Dingle
Sheikh Farid Dingle grew up in a converted family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007 he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live with his wife and children in Amman, Jordan. In addition to his studies, he teaches Arabic and various Islamic sciences.
Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensive courses in Great Britain and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i Fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i Fiqh, Hadith, Legal Methodology (Usul al-Fiqh) and Tafsir, Sh. Farid specialized in Arabic language and literature. Sch. Farid studied pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids and Andalusian literature. He has a BA in Arabic language and literature and continues to study the language of Islamic tradition.
In addition to his interest in the Arabic language, Shaykh Farid is actively researching legal questions (fiqh), which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat and further with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed.
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