By: Abd'hakeem Adeoye An Islamic Scholar, Ustaz Abdulhakeem Thanni, has appealed to all eligible voters especially Muslims to vote with sincerity during elections. Ustaz Thanni said this during a discussion segment on a radio programme, MSSNLagos HALF HOUR, on Star FM 101.5 between 8:30am-9am. The programme, which usually holds every Saturday, had 'Islam versus Democracy: The views on Leadership', as its last episode's topic. Thanni alerted voters that they would account for all their deeds on the day of judgement, including how they exercised their voting right. The scholar also advised Muslims to ensure that they participate in the forth-coming February election. “It is a way of changing evil and setting uprightness to the Nigerian society.
Voting according to Islam is testifying that an individual is trusted and reliable," he added.
He explained there are some practices in democracy that have firm root in Islam and emphasised that laws made by Allah are supreme. He said, “Representation, voting, leadership, freedom of religion, freedom of expression among others are identified and supported by the Quran and hadith. On the other hand, favourism, personal interest, making of laws which
democracy recognize are not in the religion."
The scholar added that participation of competent and trusted Muslims in democracy was imperative to rescuing Nigeria out of its crumbling society. He quoted Prophet Muhammed(SAW) as saying, "If any of you sees something wrong, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart and this is the weakest faith." For advert placement on the programme contact: 07045639818 or 07043554356