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Why some of the Somali Ulama are against elections

According To Sh. Barbaraawi

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CHANGE IS ILLUSORY

Somali clerics believe that progress does not come from the transition of power but is rather a reflection of the collective moral and ethical state of the Somali people.

DEMOCRACY IS NOT FROM DIIN OR DAQAN

The origin of the concept of democracy is western-based and therefore has no kinship with the Islamic religion or local customs

ONE MAN, ONE VOTE, IS THE PROBLEM

The right for every person to have the right to vote is a flaw of the electoral process. Every person needs to be ‘qualified’ beyond the question of citizenship.

PARTISANSHIP SOWS DIVISION

Elections are the easiest path to dividing the ‘Ummah’. By encouraging a party- based democracy, people are choosing to side against one another leading to resentment and conflict

THE QURAN OVER THE CONSTITUTION

By its nature, the constitution of a country is amenable and therefore subject to change dependent on the will of the people and those they elect.

ANOTHER NAME FOR TRIBALISM

The nature of Somali-based elections is that it recognizes the need for brinkmanship between clans and formalizes it every electoral cycle

IN SUMMARY

Sh. Barbaraawi, one of the more influential clerics in Somaliland, had recently given a Friday sermon that went viral as he surmised on the moral quandary of holding elections in this region. He raised the

summarized points above and concluded that within Islamic tradition, it is incumbent on the people to accept their new leaders even though the process by which these leaders were appointed is not satisfactory.

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