I post this in response to several other threads on the forums which seem to be promoting voting for a political party in a secular state. It is only fair that the other side of the coin is looked at as well. Any comments etc are welcome.
Excerpt from Jerusalem in the Quran, Imran N Hosein, Internet edition, page 113 :
If a Jew, Christian, or Muslim, were to cast a vote in a national election in a modern secular state, that vote would imply that he considered that party he voted for to be fit to govern over him. And if that party as government committed or commits Shirk, Kufr, Dhulm and Fisq, then the implication would be that the Jew, Christian, or Muslim, would follow his Party and his Government into Shirk, Kufr, Dhulm and Fisq!
The Qur'an has also denounced as Shirk the act of making Halal whatever Allah had made Haram (and vice-versa).
Thus revelation came down from the God of Abraham ('alaihi al-Salam) in which He denounced Jews and Christians of such a monstrous sin:
"They took their Priests and Rabbis as Lord-Gods beside Allah; and (they did this in respect of) the Messiah, the son of Mary (as well). But they were not ordered other than to worship and serve one God. Glory is to Him. He is far and above the Shirk which they commit."
(Qur'an, al-Taubah, 9:31)
When the Jews acted in this way, David ('alaihi al -Salam) and Jesus ('alaihi al -Salam) cursed them:
"Curses were pronounced on those among Banu Israil who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus, the son of Mary, because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses. They did not enforce the prohibition of that which was sinful and evil which they committed: evil indeed were the deeds which they did." (Qur'an, al-Maidah, 5:78-9)
Whoever dies with a curse of a Prophet upon them have no chance whatsoever of ever escaping from the burning flames of the hellfire! In fact it is the height of
hypocrisy for a people to declare that they worship the God of Abraham and to then proceed to legalize that which He had made illegal, and to prohibit that which He had made permissible:
"The Hypocrites, men and women, (have an understanding) with each other: they enjoin evil, and forbid what is just, and are close with their hands. They have forgotten Allah; so He hath forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse."
(Qur'an, al-Taubah, 9:67)
If it were an act of Shirk when Priests and Rabbis made Halal that which Allah
declared to be Haram, then it would also be an act of Shirk when a government does the same thing now. And if it earned the curses of Prophets at that time, it would do the same now!
Now the usual method of approach for studying this subject is to weigh the 'pros' and 'cons' of participation by believers in the electoral politics of the modern secular state. The defenders of the secular state wax eloquently about its merits. Some argue:
"If we do not participate in electoral politics then we will have no political
representation - no one to struggle for our rights." At a more serious level of thought another argument is raised: "Participation in electoral politics is the necessary condition for any successful struggle to change the godless political system." The matter of Shirk is addressed by way of a subterfuge: "We will participate in elections but will do so on the basis of a public stand that we do not accept the secular constitution and the secular state which it preserves. This escape clause will protect us from Shirk."
Our response is to point out that participation in electoral politics in a secular state ipso facto signifies acceptance of the secular character of the state. The secular state makes the same declaration that Pharaoh made to Moses ('alaihi al-Salam). That declaration is: The state is sovereign. Its authority is supreme. Its law is supreme. That is Shirk! When people vote in elections in a secular state they thereby accept the claim of the state to be sovereign. They accept its claim to supreme authority, and they accept its law to be the supreme law. When believers vote in such elections, therefore, they cannot escape from committing Shirk.
Secondly, when believers vote in elections in a secular state they have to vote for a political party. If that party, as government, declared to be Halal what the God of Abraham, Most High, made Haram, or enforced laws as such, then that government committed Shirk. Around the world today governments and parliaments of secular states have already declared Halal nearly everything that Allah declared to be Haram.
When believers cast their votes for such political parties and governments that have already committed Shirk upon Shirk, such votes would imply acceptance of such people as fit to govern over them. Thus believers follow them into Shirk, Kufr, Dhulm and Fisq!
Thirdly, this method constitutes a violation and an abandonment of the Sunnah of the Blessed Prophet of Islam (sallalahu 'alaihi wa sallam).
Political parties and governments around the world today are comprised of those who disdainfully persist in declaring Halal that which Allah declared to be Haram.
When a people disdainfully persist in Haram they pay a dreadful price. It is as plain as daylight that the modern secular world is already paying precisely that price. What is it?
"….and then, when they disdainfully persisted in doing what they had been forbidden to do, We said to them (i.e., We ordained for them) Be as apes despicable!"
(Qur'an, al'Araf, 7:166)
Excerpt from Jerusalem in the Quran, Imran N Hosein, Internet edition, page 113