How Should Muslims Conduct and Engage in the Political Sphere?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


How should Muslims conduct and engage in the political sphere, especially those interested in becoming lawyers or members of Congress?

Many social issues run contrary to the Shari’a, such as same-sex marriage, the prevalence of alcohol, drugs, etc.

How are Muslims meant to navigate these spheres?


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I would recommend the courses and resources we have on activism—there are several—As well as on justice.
The SeekersGuidance Islamic Activism Certificate
Spiritual Activism Podcast

Mufti Taqi’s work on Islam and Politics and Shaykh Abd al-Hakim Murad’s lecture series on Leadership are valuable.
Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani: Islam and Politics
Abdal Hakim Murad: Paradigms of Leadership

Imam Zaid Shakir has many lectures on related topics.
Youth, Politics, and Islam Imam Zaid Shakir
“The Irony of Democracy”, a Zaytuna Faculty Lecture by Imam Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir on Failures in Modern Muslim Activism
Are You A follower or Leader? | Imam Zaid Shakir

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.