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Thu 7 May 2015 11:42 AM

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Stickers warn Muslims against voting in UK election

The bright yellow stickers claim voting is ‘shirk’, the most grievous crime for a Muslim

Stickers warn Muslims against voting in UK election
A man enters a polling station in Elvetham Heath in southern England, on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election. (Getty Images)

Stickers warning Muslims not to vote in today’s UK election, claiming it is “shirk”, or haram, have been posted around Leicester, in central England.

Shirk is the sin of worshipping someone other than Allah and is considered the most grievous crime for a Muslim.

The stickers claim voting is “prohibited by Islam” and “hazardous for your eemaan”.

“Warning all Muslims! The disbelievers and the hypocrites are calling people to the devious pltos of the shytan. The elections are the idolatry ritual to select their new gods (MPs) that will legislate the commandments for society,” the stickers read, according to photos published on news websites.

“As Muslims, we believe that no one is allowed to legislate law except Allah (swt).”

A prominent imam, Dr Ather Hussain, said the bright yellow stickers were “cowardly” and “laughable” and had probably been created by extremists, the BBC reported.

"I fail to see how voting would be considered as the most grievous crime possible for a Muslim to commit,” Hussain was quoted as saying.

"The argument is shallow, baseless and it has absolutely no standing religiously or theologically in our religion."

Islam is the second largest religion in the UK, with more than 2.7 million Muslims accounting for about 4.4 percent of the population, according to the 2011 census.

The significance of the population has made it an election target, with reports that the ‘Muslim vote’ could ‘sway the election’.

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Billy 5 years ago

If these Muslims do not want to live in a democratic country and they think that by having a say in how your country is governed is against their religion, then they should do the right thing.....and leave. I believe there are quite a few Muslim countries where the heinous crime of voting is not allowed so they should give up all the benefits they have been enjoying in the UK and follow their pious consciences. But something tells me they will not give up the free health care, the free government handouts, personal freedom and all the comforts of the UK. Isn't hypocrisy against the Muslim faith?