Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) the UK Friday hosted a seminar to promote awareness on how Islam encourages democ

LONDON: Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) the UK Friday hosted a seminar to promote awareness on how Islam encourages democratic participation and motivates British Muslims to vote in the next week’s British general elections.

The seminar which attracted a larger participation of British Muslims from across the United Kingdom at its East London office focused on highlighting the reasons why Muslims must participate in elections, and also what was the religious viewpoint in this regard.

MQI encouraged voting for any large party which would best serve the interest of the local constituency and the country as a whole. Representatives and parliamentary candidates from all three major political parties were in attendance.

Spokesman of MQI Shahid Mursaleen said, “As there is only a week left to the general elections we believe that it is crucial to encourage Muslims to vote.” “It is vital for the well being of British Muslims and also the wider community that we give confidence to British Muslims to fully participate in May 6 polls. Politics and taking part in the political process is a part of Islam and Islamic teachings.”

“We organised this event to totally rebut the calls of some extremists who preach the contrary.” Islam promotes democracy and justice. The third caliph of the Muslims was democratically elected and elections took place 1400 years ago, which proves that voting and elections are completely Islamic," he narrated.

Meanwhile, Muslim Council of Britain also spoke out against anti-Muslim hatred, Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism that have surfaced during the election campaign.

The Council urged every British citizen to use their vote to support any party of their choice which stands opposed to the destructive politics of hatred, to vote for freedom not fear, partnerships not prejudice, and hope not hate.

“This pledge is pertinent now when there is a very real prospect that far-right parties, emboldened by their hatred of Muslims and others may make significant electoral gains at the General Elections,” the statement added.

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