THE GRAVITY OF BOYCOTTING CONTEMPORARY ELECTIONS

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL

BEING THE THIRD KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF J-UULA 19/J-UULA /1440AH (25 /JAN/2019CE)

THE GRAVITY OF BOYCOTTING CONTEMPORARY ELECTIONS

Praise be to Allah,

:﴿يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَخُونُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ وَتَخُونُوا أَمَانَاتِكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ﴾ {الأنفال:8 \27}

O you who have believed, do not betray Allah and the Messenger or betray your trusts while you know [the consequence].we praise and thank Him-the Exalted, we believe in Him and rely on Him. We seek refuge in Him from the evils of ourselves and deeds. He whom Allah guides is guided, and whom He leads astray, none can guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone, and I equally testify that our Prophet, Muhammad (SAW) is His servant and Messenger, he said: “When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour.” It was asked, “How will honesty be lost, O Allah’s Apostle?” He said, “When authority is given to those who do not deserve it, then wait for the Hour.” (Bukhari)

… May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him (SAW), his noble household, faithful companions, the succeeding generation and whoever follows them in righteousness till the end of time.

Oh worshipers of Allah, I admonish you and myself to fear Allah, in the open and the secret. Allah says

 

﴿وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجًا (2) وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ {الطَّلاق 2-3}

And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out ( 3 )   And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (65: 2-3 )

Brothers in Islam, this is the third khutbah for the month, and today we shall discuss THE EVIL IN BOYCOTTING CONTEMPORARY ELECTIONS

 

PARTICIPATION NO BOYCOT.

Dear Muslims, the Muslims are witnesses upon mankind, that is, they are leaders. They should not dissociate from their society, rather it is obligatory on them to play the role of directing and reformation in the society. Allah the Exalted says: (وكذلك جعلناكم أمة وسطا لتكونوا شهداء علي الناس ويكون الرسول عليكم شهيدا) Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves.” (2:143)

In addition, they are the best nation established for mankind, their comparative betterment is their attribute of enjoining good and forbidding evil. Allah says: (كنتم خير أمة أخرجت للناس تأمرون بالمعروف وتنهون عن المنكر وتؤمنون بالله ولو آمن أهل الكتاب لكان خيرا لهم منهم المؤمنون وأكثرهم الفاسقون) “Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.” (3:110)

Verily, participation in elections, and by its imperative, participation in the governance and politics of the nation is an element of enjoining good and forbidding wrong.

Uthman, the khalifah (R.A.) said: “Verily Allah accomplishes through the leader what He would not achieve through the Qur’an.”

Repelling the evil is implemented through strong hand, iron, fire, imprisonment, and that would only be achievable by the establishment of government, therefore, elections becomes an indispensable matter through which the obligatory matter could not be achieved except through it.

SIGNIFICANCE OF PARTICIPATION

The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Narrated An-Nu’man bin Bashir: The Prophet said, “The example of the person abiding by Allah’s order and restrictions in comparison to those who violate them is like the example of those persons who drew lots for their seats in a boat. Some of them got seats in the upper part, and the others in the lower. When the latter needed water, they had to go up to bring water (and that troubled the others), so they said, ‘Let us make a hole in our share of the ship (and get water) saving those who are above us from troubling them. So, if the people in the upper part left the others do what they had suggested, all the people of the ship would be destroyed, but if they prevented them, both parties would be safe.”

Participation could lead to safety. A passenger aircraft flying from Lagos to Port Harcourt. The flight which should not take more than an hour. The pilot announced after about two hours that he had not been able to land the plane for more than an hour. Then one of the passengers sent his card to the pilot, and when he saw it, he allowed him to enter the cockpit and within five minutes he was able to safely land the aircraft.

Enjoining good and forbidding evil is one of the greatest religious duties:
It has been established from the statement of scholars that through enjoinment of good and forbidding evil the duties are established, the thoughts are protected, the properties are purified permissible, the injustices are prevented, the land is built, and the oppressed gets justice from the oppressor. People would continue to be in fortune so long as they enjoin good and forbid evil, cooperate on goodness and piety, but when they fail to do these, they nereaved of divine blessings, a part of them oppress another, and there would be no helper for them in the earth or in the heaven

Allah says: (ولتكن منكم أمة يدعون إلي الخير ويأمرون بالمعروف وينهون عن المنكر و أولئك هم المفلحون) Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity” (3:104)

It is established from the hadeeth of Abu Hurairah: “How would you be when your wives become corrupt and and your youth turn to transgression, and you do not enjoin good and do not forbid evil? It was said to him: Will that happen o messenger of Allah? He said: Yes. He said: How would you be when you do not enjoin good and do not forbid evil? It was said to him: Will that happen o messenger of Allah? He said: Yes. He then said: “How would you be if you order evil and forbid goodness? It was said: “Will that happen o messenger of Allah? He said: Yes. And the worst of that is that how would you be when you would regard good as bad and the evil as good?”

 

Enjoining good and forbidding evil have levels:

Dear brothers in faith, Abu Sa’eed Al-khudri (R.A) narrated that: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say, “Whoso- ever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” (Muslim)

And the first level of enjoining good and forbidding evil is the repelling of evil with the hand in the state of ability, this in practical terms will occur by pouring out vessels of intoxicants, destroying instrument of ganes and entertainment, and preventing any intender of evil agaist people from implementing the evil, including enforcing solat, zakat, and other obligations. No one can do these except the leader, thus the process of installing him is one of the obligations.

The gravity of boycotting elections:
Distinguished Muslims, to boycott election is a form of silence on evil and corruption, which could be regarded as support to evil, and the punishment engulfs the oppressors and the silent., It causes the descends of wrath of Allah. Allah says: (لعن الذين كفروا من بني إسرائيل علي لسان داود وعيسي ابن مريم ذلك بما عصو وكانوا يعتدون* كانوا لا يتناهون عن منكر فعلوه لبئس ما كانوا يفعلون”)
Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses. Nor did they (usually) forbid one another the iniquities which they committed: evil indeed were the deeds which they did. “(Surat Al-Maida 78- 79)

Neglecting the enjoinment of good and forbidding of evil in all its levels is signal to the divine punishment. Allah says: (واتقوا فتنة لا تصيبن الذين ظلموا منكم خاصة واعلموا أن الله شديد العقاب) And fear tumult or oppression, which affecteth not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong: and know that Allah is strict in punishment.” (8:25)

The prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “O people, Allah the Exalted says to you:” Enjoin good and forbid evil, before (a time when ) you will call me, and I will not answer you, and you will ask Me and I will not grant your request, and you will seek support for your victory but I will not assist you.”

He also said: “No man shall be within a people perpetrating evil within them, where they are able to change him but fail to do so. Except that Allah afflicts them with torment before they die.” (Al-Albani 286/2)

SECOND KHUTBAH

All praises are due to Allah, We praise and thank Him, believe and depend on Him. I testify there is no god but Allah alone and I testify that our leader- Muhammad (pbuh) is his servant and messenger.  May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, companions and whoever follows them till the day of recompense.

We enjoin the politicians to desist from all forms of effort that could jeopardize the ongoing electoral process. They should fear Allah in all their dealings. Moreso the press briefing granted by the minister of information regarding the plans of some politicians to employ the service of book haram to distrupt the general elections in quite saddening and unpatriotic.

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