Elected to organization supporting Haraam activities
Fatwa No: 90053

  • Fatwa Date:26-5-2005 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 18, 1426
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Question

Dear brother, recently I along with some other Muslim brothers and sisters have been elected at University Student Administrative Council or Student Union as board members. We participated in the election thinking that we, Muslims should be represented. Currently I am finding that the Union is supporting the guy and Lesbian association and it also runs a big pub at the University. It is also a strong supporter of same sex marriage. Outside these activities, it also supports and organized lots or programs which are not viewed as good in Islam. In this situation should we stay in the association or resign? Please refer to any Quranic verse or Hadeeth or example from the Sahaabah.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

If the situation of the organization to which you were elected is as evil as you have mentioned, then it is forbidden for you or for any other Muslim brother [or sister] to remain as a member in it. Staying as members in such an institution is increasing their number, luring and deceiving other Muslims, and giving a wrong impression of Islam, as if Islam does not object to such forbidden activities that the students are engaged in, since some Muslim students are members of their governing board. Just by remaining in such an organization, you are helping them in spreading injustice and mischief, and propagating for it even if you are not really participating in their forbidden activities. Allaah says (what means):  {Help you one another in virtue, righteousness and piety but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment.}[Quran 5:2] By electing you to such a board, they are in reality exploiting you to propagate their mischief.

For more benefit on the relationship between a Muslim and a non-Muslim, please refer to Fatwa 88293, and to Fatwa 84777 about studying in a non-Muslim country, and to Fataawa 84281 and 87469 about studying in mixed schools, and finally to Fatwa 86405 about residing in a non-Muslim country.

Allaah Knows best.

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