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Women Voting: Any Restrictions?

02/03/2009

As-Salamu `alaykum. Could you please explain why women are not allowed to vote in Kuwait? We have an imam from Kuwait here in America who has denied the right for sisters to vote for the imam and Shura committee. I see no legitimate justification for this injunction in light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and would like to know what the consensus is on this matter?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

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In Islam, women are the counterparts of men. Every law addressed to men is also addressed to women. Thus, there is no room in Islam for such discrimination referred to in the above question, and the imam who issued such a baseless decree is following his own culture, and not his own religion.

In an attempt to furnish you with answer to your question, we would like to cite for you the following fatwa issued by Sheikh Zoubir Bouchikhi, Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston’s Southeast Mosque, states the following:

“In Islam, there is nothing to prove that women should or should not vote to choose a leader. This matter has to be analyzed based upon the circumstances of a certain time and a certain place.

I should affirm here that the imam who denied women the right to vote is following his culture and not his religion, and such things have to stop sooner than later because they are harming Islam and the Muslims.
More than a half of the world population are females, and if we ignore this big number, then we are condemning ourselves. The fact that there is a whole Surah of the Qur’an about women (i.e. Surah No. 4) means something, and there is no Surah by the title of Men.

Moreover, there are women who make sense when they speak and act more than some men. So what does that mean? I wish Muslim Women all the best.”

You can also read:

Voting in a Majority non-Muslim Country

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