​#Fatwā Regarding the elections in Egypt & the prohibition of voting:
The Noble Shaykh ‘Abdûl ‘Azīz al-Rājihī(حفظه الله) was asked:
Asalāmu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullāhi wa Barakātuhu, and to proceed:
I am looking forward to an answer for my question:
You know, may Allāh preserve you that shortly to come, elections will be running for the Egyptian presidency, so what is the ruling on voting in it?
While knowing that there are two candidates for presidency, one of them: Adheres to the secularist party, and the other: Is a candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood, so who do you think we should give our vote for?
And may Allāh reward you, and peace & blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammâd and his Family and Companions.
Shaykh ‘Abdûl ‘Azīz al-Rājihī(حفظه الله) responded by saying:
Wa ‘Alaykum Asalām wa Rahmatullāhi wa Barakātuhu.
All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of Mankind, and Peace & Blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammâd and his Family and Companions and the Successors, to proceed:
I don’t view it permissible to elect a president from whoever adheres to the secularist party, nor whoever adheres to the muslim brotherhood, rather [a leader] is chosen by “Ahlal Hal wal-‘Aqd”; Not from anyone they like, rather it is for whomever establishes the religion of Allāh, as it’s affirmed in Sahīh Muslim that the Prophet(صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: {This matter [i.e. Khilāfah & Leadership] will remain with Quraish, even if only two of them remained, as long as they establish the laws of the religion} or as he said..
So the ones who elect [a leader] must be from “Ahlal Hal wal-‘Aqd”, and the rest of the people follow in their footsteps, to [follow a leader] who establishes the religion of Allāh, and rules by the Sharī’ah of Allāh over the servants of Allāh, as for electing whoever adheres to the secularist party or the muslim brotherhood, then this is clear distortion from the religion of Allāh, and betrayal to the servants of Allāh.
And may Allāh bring the muslims towards the truth, and direct them to the right path and keep them away from overstepping all the boundaries and distortion, and may Allāh keep everyone steadfast upon the [correct] guidance.
وصلى الله وسلم وبارك على عبد الله ورسوله نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم
Written by Shaykh ‘Abdûl ‘Azīz ibn ‘Abdillāh al-Rājihī(حفظه الله).

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