Haitham al-Haddad and voting in the Netherlands

Posted on February 12, 2014

Haitham al-Haddad has been receiving praise from representatives of the Dutch political party, Partij van de Eenheid after meeting with them at The Hague City Hall on Monday. They were particularly impressed with al-Haddad’s call for Muslims to engage in the democratic process:

“…enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil is one of the Islamic obligations. You know that Allah (jalla wa ’ala) considered us as the best of nations because we enjoin the good and forbid the evil. How are we going to pass the message to the political arena? The only way to pass the good message is through being involved. Through the political process, that is the only possible way now.”

Al-Haddad’s previous statements on the same subject are a little more enlightening:

“Let me ask you a question, just a simple question. In Britain, yeah? It is a non-Muslim country. Within ten years, twenty years it will not be a Muslim country. It will not be the Islamic Republic of Britain yeah? It’s true now we have the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets yeah? But we still have a long way to be the Islamic Republic of Britain. Even if it becomes the Islamic Republic of Britain, when it will become the Islamic Republic of Britain we will have the MPs Muslims and the PM, Prime Minister, Muslim. How did they become MPs and PM? Yanni, imagine that is what we aim before Khilafa, just before Khilafa. Khilafa will not just happen all of a sudden. We have to prepare for it. It is a long time when it will happen. Until then it will become, let us imagine an Islamic state, Britain will become an Islamic state, let us imagine this. How is it going to become an Islamic state? Means the Prime Minister will be a Muslim. So how will he be a Muslim? So at one point you will say Muslims should be MPs and PM. On a long-term how can the change takes place? In European countries the change takes place through so-called democratic process whether we like it or we don’t like it, we hate it.”

“…don’t ask a scholar that ‘Is it allowed to vote for a kafir system?’ He will say ‘Of course it’s not allowed.’ But tell him ‘Am I allowed to vote for a kafir system in order to avoid a bigger kafir system taking in power, taking power?…You are going to have a Prime Minister who is a Muslim. How can a Prime Minister become a Muslim? Except through the democratic system, because still the Islamic State has not yet been established. So whether you like it or you don’t like it, the political participation is, or the political process is the scene to influence a change. I know it is filthy, OK? I know all the kuffar will go to hellfire. I know all the kuffar hate Muslims. I know all of these statements that many brothers are saying but in many cases you have to deal with it OK?”

During this speech, Al-Haddad gives us a glimpse of the kind of religious freedom that non-Muslims would enjoy in his Islamic state:

“Any person who wants to believe in Christianity, he can. Anyone who wants to believe in Hinduism, he can. Anyone who wants to believe in atheism, he can. But he has to what? To bear the consequences.”

He continues:

“And that’s why the Islamic state has an obligation towards who? Towards Allah, first. Yes? And it should not allow people to insult Allah under its jurisdiction because the sovereignty in the Islamic state belongs to Allah. In fact the whole globe belongs to Allah, so how come Allah created you and how Allah is the controller of everything, and you insult him? So the Islamic state is responsible to make sure that no one insults Allah, OK? So, this freedom of religion, yeah, why do we take it as a value without no restrictions? Yes? Who said that it is an absolute value? No one said that it is an absolute value? Sorry, if you say that it is an absolute value, I don’t accept it. It is not an absolute value.”

While non-Muslims must face the consequences for insulting Allah, it’s a very different story for Muslims:

“…sometimes insulting the Gods of the kuffar is wajeb [obligatory], yes? Sometimes. And sometimes is recommended. But if it is going to lead to the insult of Allah (Jalla Wa Ala) don’t do it.”

Yes, al-Haddad is all for engaging in the democratic process. His reasons for doing so may differ from those of the average voter:

“Establishing the deen of Allah, brothers and sisters, it means to make sure that the law of Allah, the religion of Allah is dominant, is prevalent. Where? In the whole world. It means to make sure that the deen of Allah is superior above any other deen. The law of Allah is superior to any other system. And to make sure that the whole world is not governed by any system other than the system of Allah, is not ruled by any ruling, by any law other than the law of Allah. This is what establishing the deen means. Any law other than the law of Allah is invalid. Any system other than the system of Allah is invalid.”

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