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Muslim Petitions: Do They Make a Difference?

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Q: The response of Muslims to legislation and actions of the government that harm Muslims within the country and outside is to start a petition to get the government to stop their proposed action. This now seems to be the default Muslim position. If you ask them whether they made Istighfaar, Du’a, performed Salatul Hajat, they would say no. In any case, there is little or no evidence that such petitions make a difference. The outcome is almost always the same. Based on the above my question are as follows: 1. What is the point of Muslims drawing up and/or signing petitions? 2. What examples do we have from the Seerah of how Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) dealt with oppression against the Muslims from the people of Makkah?



1. Those that sign such petitions may be in a better position to answer this.

2. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) always stood for right values and justice. Eventually these values and ways begin to be recognised and thereafter it gains acceptance and people then wish to be aligned to the people of righteousness.

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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