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Casting vote is an Islamic responsibility: Pakistan Ulema Council

- April 25, 2013 - Updated 159 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars form the Pakistan Ulema Council have issued a Fatwa which declares the non-casting of vote a sin, adding that voting is an Islamic responsibility.


The Fatwa further states that women have equal rights to vote, adding that it is not religion that bars them from voting but rather the feudal system.


Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Tahir Ashrafi said that misusing the name of Islam should be stopped immediately.


The decree from the competent Ulema Council has come at a time when Pakistan is heading towards May 11 polls amid a wave of terrorists attacks in its three of four provinces and threats to political parties from militants outfits.


It is pertinent to mention here that the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan earlier this month had also declared democracy ‘un-Isalmic’.


Reader Comments
Calling a haram thing by a name other than its own or changing its form while retaining its essence is a devious tactic, since obviously a change of name or of form is of no consequence as long as the thing and its essence remain unchanged. Thus, when some people invent new terms in order to deal in usury or to consume alcohol, the sin of dealing in usury and drinking remains. As we read in the collections of ahadith.

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Just as Islam has prohibited whatever leads toward the haram, it has also prohibited resorting to technical legalities in order to do what is haram by devious means and excuses inspired by Satan. It has reprimanded the Jews for resorting to such practices. The Prophet (peace be on him) said: "Do not do what the Jews did in order to (technically) legalize Allah's prohibitions by flimsy excuses.

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It can never be sin. I do not know why Ulema give Fatwa like this despite knowing all the facts of our political system which consist of corrupt, fake degree holders,defaulters etc.

So should one vote for the thief that is least expect to loot?

Khadim Karrar
Its not a sin for sure.

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