Islamic Relief USA affirms that the civic engagement of American Muslims is paramount to achieving IRUSA’s goals in providing relief and development around the world. We also bear witness that civic engagement is in line with our values and duties as is prescribed in Islam. We strive to have Muslims in all corners of America be prepared for elections. We believe they will be prepared if they are registered to vote, get educated on the issues that matter to them, and are there on Election Day, ready to cast their vote and encourage others to join them.
Within both the Qur’an and in hadith, voting as an important action is notated. By reading about voting in Islam, we learn:
Surah Baqarah Verse 283: “And do not conceal testimony, and whoever conceals it, his heart is surely sinful, and Allah knows what you do.”
Allah (SWT) prohibits concealing testimony and that this prohibition is mandatory.
Surah Baqarah, Verse 282 “…and the witnesses should not refuse when they are summoned”
Surah Baqarah, Verse 140: “And who is more unjust than he who conceals a testimony that he has from Allah?”
Surah Al-Ma’idah Verse 106: “and we will not hide the testimony of Allah for then certainly we should be among the sinners.”
Surah An-Nisa: “O you who believe! Be maintainers of justice, bearers of witness of Allah’s sake, though it may be against you own selves or (your) parents or near relatives; if he be rich or poor, Allah is nearer to them both in compassion; therefore do not follow (your) low desires, lest you deviate; and if you swerve or turn aside, then surely Allah is aware of what you do..”
Surah Al-Ma’idah: “O you who believe! Be upright for Allah, bearers of witness with justice, and let not hatred of a people incite you not to act equitably; act equitably, that is nearer to piety, and he careful of (your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is Aware of what you do.”
Prophet Mohammad (SAW): “The best of the witnesses is the one who brings his testimony before he is asked.
Features three community leaders who are working to educate the public on the importance of voting. Sharif Aly from Islamic Relief USA, Hoda Hawa from the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and Sarah Cochran from Emgage USA share their insight and personal experiences working with this timely topic. Listen to the full episode.
“People are more likely to vote when reminded by someone close to them who votes, so send a postcard to someone you care about and want to vote this season.”
By registering, you’re setting a great example for your friends and family to follow. Make sure they’re aware of the opportunity too by sharing information across your social media. Make sure to use this hashtag and tag us so that they can connect with us for any questions they may have.