Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. My friends and I had an idea of increasing awareness of individuals who are standing for different political posts at our university, by using software to provide a platform for them. Before starting on the project, we were approached by some friends of ours who told us it was haram. She backed her message with a hadith forbidding seeking positions of authority. Is this true?
Wa ‘alaykum assaalm wa rahmatulllah wa barakatuh.
I pray you are well.
Aid Others In Facilitating the Good
You can continue to help these people get elected. This would be something recommended if it facilitates the general good and if they are best qualified for it. If there is any religious element to it remind yourselves and them about the centrality of sincere intention and that the success of religious matters depends on it.
Not Seeking Leadership
The narrations that forbid seeking leadership generally refer to political authority, where one will be in charge of governing people and distributing finances. Some people may have inherent weaknesses that may cause them to slip in such a situation. They would be liable to strict scrutiny on the Day of Judgement.
Therefore, it is better for them to not seek it. It could be personally obligatory for others if they are the best candidate for it. Organizing the ISOC activities is not something that is of the same magnitude. Ask Allah for sincerity and help, pray an istikhara, and proceed.
May Allah grant you every success.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.