Democracy and Islam

“Democracy is a man-made system, meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allah, the Most High, the Almighty, and it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being, no matter who he is.”

~ Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen

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  1. Hey Paul, where does Ibn Uthaymeen say that because I’m getting conflicting info here:

    “Some scholars are even of the view that getting involved in these elections is obligatory.

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

    Maybe he changed his position?

  2. Ibn ‘Uthaymeen also made clear that Islam dictates that it’s the people’s choice to choose their ruler, a point that ought to not be forgotten

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