June 18, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8126

Qatari Shari'a Professor Ahmad Zayed: Christians Can Run For Office, But Muslims Forbidden From Voting For Them

June 18, 2019
Special Dispatch No. 8126

Ahmad Zayed, a professor of shari'a at Qatar University, said in a June 12, 2019 debate on Al-Araby TV (U.K.) that Islamic law permits non-Muslims to run for office, but that it is impermissible for Muslims to vote for non-Muslim candidates, since shari'a says the ruler must be a Muslim. Qatar-based Saudi academic Raed Al-Samhouri also participated in the debate.

To view the clip of Ahmad Zayed on MEMRI TV, click here or below.

"When A Muslim Votes, In Accordance With The Principle Of Shura, He Knows Who He Should Vote For"

Raed Al-Samhouri: "Does Islamic law allow for a Christian to rule over Muslims? I would like to get an answer."

Ahmad Zayed: "The answer to this... Had you understood what I said before, things would have been clear to you. I said that according to the general law of equality, anyone can run for office. This is not a problem."

Raed Al-Samhouri: "Is this concept secular or Islamic?"

Ahmad Zayed: "Hold on, my dear brother. Anyone can run for office, but when a Muslim votes, in accordance with the principle of shura, he knows who he should vote for."

Guest: "So it is the responsibility of the people, not of the regime..."

Raed Al-Samhouri: "In principle, does this mean you allow people to choose between a Christian and a non-Christian? Is this in line with the principles of shari'a?"

"But Is It Allowed, According To The Shari'a, For A Muslim To Vote For A Christian?" "No"

Ahmad Zayed: "A ruler cannot be Muslim..."

Guest: "Come again?"

Ahmad Zayed: "Sorry, a non-Muslim."

Raed Al-Samhouri: "End of story..."

Guest: "So non-Muslims can run for office, but Muslims are not allowed to vote for them."

Ahmad Zayed: "Yes, that's it."

Raed Al-Samhouri: "But is it allowed, according to the shari'a, for a Muslim to vote for a Christian?"

Ahmad Zayed: "No."

Raed Al-Samhouri: "I rest my case."

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