Egyptian Sheikh Mahmoud Amer: Muslims should not vote for a candidate who does not apply Islamic Law

Fatwa, posted 12.12.2011, from Egypt
Religious Authority: 
Mahmoud Amer
Language: 
Arabic
Egyptian Sheikh Mahmoud Amer: Muslims should not vote for a candidate who does not apply Islamic Law

Sheikh Mahmoud Amer, a researcher in Islamic thought, lecturer, and a preacher in mosques, issued a fatwa that forbids Muslims from voting for any candidate who does not apply Islamic law, regardless of his political affiliation. Amer said in an interview on al-Hayaa TV that “It is not permissible for a Muslim to vote for those who reject the Shari’a law, opposed the applications of the Shari’a, do not show enthusiasm about Shari’a, do not put the Shari’a in their political platform, and do not matter which party they belong to.” Amer answered a question about a non-Muslim running for the elections and he said, “If the community is in need of this person and he is not against the law, then there is no objection.”  In the same interview Amer announced his rejection to the idea of separating religion from politics because religion, as he said, is connected to all aspects of life.