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Is it allowed for a Muslim to contest election in non-Muslim nation?

Is it allowed for a Muslim to contest for any post in politics like president, member of parliament in countries where it is practiced and they are not muslim countries

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended." Sahih Al-Bukhari [Volume:1, Book:1, Hadith:1]

Dear brother, there is no harm if one contests in the election of a non-Muslim country, maybe in order to highlight the issues of Muslim living in the country or to introduce some laws of shariah into to the country or to work for the better understanding among the religions, i.e. if one contests in the election for good with good intention then there is no harm. But what we see nowadays is totally ridicules, people contest election merely for power, to suppress the weak, to further their own cause, to play dirty politics for the vote bank, this is all forbidden.

A politician should always be fair, honest, right, Just; if these qualities are missing then there would be injustice, suppression, crime, etc.

Allah says in the Glorious Quran: O you have believed! You be the standard-bearers of justice and witnesses for the sake of Allah; even though your justice and your evidence might be harmful to yourselves, or to your parents, or to your relatives. It does not matter whether the party concerned is rich or poor: Allah is their greater well-wisher than you. Therefore, do not follow your own desire lest you should deviate from doing justice. If you distort your evidence or refrain from the Truth, know it well that Allah is fully aware of what you do. Quran [4:135] And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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