I was reading around some Islamic blogs that I have subscribed to in my feed reader and I was surprised to see a few bloggers advocating a vote for the BNP party in the recent British elections. This is surprising for a couple of reasons. Obviously first up, it would have appeared that the BNP with it's hardcore stance on anti-immigration, Islam and Niqabi... would fly in the face of the opinions of national and non-national Muslims. Why would you vote for someone who wanted rid of you? But it also seemed strange because fundamental Muslims believe in a thing called Shirk. Shirk basically means that to involve yourself in the election of a government official is to dissolve your belief in Allah being the Almighty.
For you see, voting destroys first pillar of Tawheed and this first pillar of Tawheed is to reject Tāghūt (anything worshiped, obeyed or followed besides Allah), which means Muslims cannot accept a legislator besides Allah over them.
Some Muslims who did vote, argued that voting is allowed if it prevents the greater of two evils: in this case the election of BNP MPs. There were some however that thought the contrary to be more correct. They argued that the BNP actually represented the lesser of the two evils, that if the BNP got their way and removed British troops from Afghanistan, that would mean that hundreds and thousands of Muslim lives would be saved from slaughter in the military conflicts in the Afghan country. One voter in particular also liked the idea of leaving Britain with the GB£50,000 deportation incentive the BNP were offering to all immigrants, to re-establish themselves back in their native country. They saw it as the perfect way to fund their own personal Hijra out of Britain.
Most hardcore, fundamental, and extremist Muslims abstained from voting at all though, due to the Shirk thing. Just goes to prove nothing is straight forward.