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Q: I voted on 25th July,2018 for a party I thought would be a good choice for my beloved country. My father and other family members voted for another party. After my father came to know that I voted for another party and not voted for a pary he voted, he got angry. He thinks I disobeyed him and I defamed the name of our family. I broke down to tears today. I am very upset as I never disobeyed my father intentionally. I always try to obey him as much as I can.

My question is that does Islam allow children to vote for a party/person that they think would be a better choice for their country? or it is mandatory for children to vote for a person whomsoever their parents suggest or order them?

Bismillaah

A: Voting is not an Islamic practice. It has nothing to do with Islam. Hence, for your father to force you to vote is incorrect.

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.

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