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Is Not Voting a Sin?

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Q: Today in the jummah sermon, our mufti sahab said that if one does not vote in the upcoming election for any candidate then he will be sinful (gunah gaar for opting not to vote). I dont like to vote as I know that all the candidates in my constituency are not suitable to be elected. Will I be sinfull? 


A: There is no sin. This person does not know what he is talking about. Voting is not at all your Islamic duty.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.