Based on the current results of the recent poll I blogged: Did you vote on Election Day?, you can see majority said no. Most of my friends that didn’t vote said they were really busy and couldn’t. Only a few of them told me “It’s haram and leads to kufr”.
I think many of the people that voted ‘no’ may be confused on the Islamic ruling on voting in non-Muslim countries. So I have collected a bunch of articles that prove it from various Muslim scholars from different madhabs, manhajs, ideologies, backgrounds and countries:
Is Voting Permitted in Islam
Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam
Is it permissible to take part in non-Muslim governments with the intention of letting the Muslims have a voice in domestic and foreign politics?
An Objection to Voting
SunniPath.com – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Voting is coming up next year, Can we vote in Islam ?
AskImam.com – Jamiatul Ulama
Is it permissible for Muslims to vote for kaafirs who seem to be less evil?
IslamQA.com – Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Muslims, Islamic Law and Public Policy in the United States
Dr. Sherman A. Jackson
Leading Salafi Scholar Tells Muslims They Must Vote
Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad
Muslims in Politics
Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah
Elections in non-Muslim Countries: Role of Muslims
European Council for Fatwa and Research
American Muslims: Faithful and Active Citizens
Taha Jabir Al-`Alawani & Muzammil Siddiqi
The Significance of Voting in the Light of the SharÃ®’Ã¢h
Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa
Scholars Smash Hizb Argument Against British Politics
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid, Shaykh Suhaib Hasan, Shaykh Aurangzeb Khan, Shaykh Abdur Raheem Green, Dr. Musharraf Hussain, Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shinqiti, Shaykh Taha Jabir al-Alwani, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Shaykh Salman Al Awdah, Mufti Ibrahim Desai, Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari, Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid, Shaykh Ahmad Kutty, Maulana Khalilul Rahman Sajjad Nomani Nadwi
One more thing: If you don’t vote, don’t complain!