Can Muslims Join Political Parties?

02 February, 2017
Q As-salamu `alaykum. Are we allowed to participate in the non-Islamic political parties in the West such as the Republican and Democratic parties? And are we allowed to form an Islamic political party here in the West? Jazakum Allahu Khairan.


Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, thank you for your important question that reflects your sincere concern about your community’s affairs which is the duty of every Muslim.

Generally speaking, Muslims, in the West or the East, are allowed to participate in political parties as long as they serve their communities.

Responding to your question, Dr. Hatem Al-Hajj, Dean of Shari`ah Academy of America, stated,

In general, yes you are if that will bring benefits to the Muslims and their communities and the other communities as well.

The details of which party to participate in or vote for must be left to the scholars and experts of the respective countries and the public should follow their scholars and experts.

Dr. Wael Shehab, PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and currently the Imam of the Downtown Toronto Masjid in Canada, stated:

In fact, Muslims should be faithful and active in their communities. They should spare no efforts to serve their communities and work for people’s wellbeing.

Therefore, Muslims are recommended to join and vote for political parties that promote justice, freedom, equality, and all human values. Refraining from political participation could lead to serious problems and evils.

Allah Almighty knows best.

About Dr. Hatem Al-Haj
Dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Mishkah University and a member of the Permanent Fatwa Committee for the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)