I apologise for the lateness of this advice. However I pray that it is still beneficial for those who wish to reflect.
I was surprised by the amount of Muslims that voted in the EU Referendum without really thinking it through. The emotion and commotion that came with the vote didn’t help much either.
The common phrase I heard from Muslims throughout the day was that “this is going to affect our future or our children’s future” or that “it’s beneficial for us to stay in Europe” and even the odd “vote out because the migrants will take our jobs” which was funny coming from an immigrant Bangladeshi that has just received his shiny new British passport.
It is an emotional topic and one that really needs to be tackled at the most basic level. Let’s go right down to ground zero, we believe that the Qur’an is the undisputed and unmatched word of the Creator. Correct? If we don’t – then anything you read after this is nonsense to you and I suggest you pick up the Qur’an and re-assess your belief.
Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur’an that sovereignty belongs to Him and Him alone. He (swt) also tells us that we must judge by what He has revealed.
And judge, [O Muhammad], between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations and beware of them, lest they tempt you away from some of what Allah has revealed to you. And if they turn away – then know that Allah only intends to afflict them with some of their [own] sins. And indeed, many among the people are defiantly disobedient. TMQ 5:49
It becomes evident that voting for a man-made constitution i.e. U.K, to be a part of another man-made constitution i.e. EU, is clearly forbidden and maybe seen as ascribing partners to the Almighty (swt). If we are to elevate man to such a status alongside Allah as sovereign, we are treading dangerous territory.
This leads one to conclude that if we are not allowed to vote for such a thing, do we sit back and do nothing while the future of our children and ourselves is in the hands of the rest of the country?
To address this question properly, the most important point is to understand where our sustenance and provision really comes from. Do we believe that it is due to our own actions that we provide food, shelter and comfort to ourselves and our families? As Muslims we must know that Allah (swt) is the sole Sustainer (Ar-Razzaq).
And We have provided therein means of living, for you and for those whom you provide not [moving (living) creatures, cattle, beasts, and other animals]. TMQ 15:20
We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness. TMQ 20:132
Yes – it is correct that man must carry out the actions to earn his provision (Rizq) however the outcome is always from Allah (swt).
Umar bin Al-Khattab narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
“If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as a bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.” at-Tirmidhi Vol. 4, Book 10, Hadith 2344
We can learn from this ahadith that the bird actively sought it’s provision with reliance upon Allah (swt) and returned full only through Allah’s (swt) unlimited mercy. The same way we must carry out the action of working and believe the outcome was from Allah (swt).
If it isn’t clear enough to us that our provision is from Allah (swt) then let us look at another example of the saying of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.
Anas reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
When you go to bed, say:” Praise is due to Allah Who fed us, provided us drink, sufficed us and provided us with shelter, for many a people there is none to suffice and none to provide shelter.” Sahih Muslim Book 48, Hadith 87
Now that we have covered that voting for such a thing is forbidden and that our sustenance is solely from Allah (swt) and not in the hands of some super Euro state that keeps the pound stable. We need to discuss the solution. We are right in thinking that we must not sit idle. In fact if we are really looking out for our own future and the future of our children we will work for a solution that yields the greatest of rewards, and what is the greatest of rewards? It is seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt) and He rewarding us both in this life and the Hereafter.
Islam is a complete ideology that holds the answers to all of man’s problems. If we are concerned about the financial implications of leaving the EU or the social implications of our children growing up in a far right and racist country then we should work for the permanent solution!
The system of Allah (swt) is what gives justice to both Muslims and non Muslims alike. The system of Allah (swt) regulates correctly the distribution of wealth unlike the dirty capitalist model that robs the poor and makes the rich richer. The system of Allah (swt) is what protects Muslims from the onslaught of attacks whether that be physically in the Muslim world or mentally in the Western world.
So whatever the reason you may have felt inclined to vote for, remember that this is not only forbidden but also short sighted.
If you feel passionate, then turn your passion into something that will reward you in both life’s.
Follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and work in his steps for the permanent solution that can promise better than what the disbelievers have promised you. And who is better at keeping their promises? Allah and His Messenger ﷺ or the disbelievers?
“The promise of Allah! Allah does not fail His , but most of mankind do not know.” TMQ 30:6
Finally, we should reflect when Allah (swt) says:
“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Quran nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.”
So if you feel there is hardship in your life, turn to Allah (swt) and His Messenger ﷺ.