Mayor condemns posters urging Muslims not to vote

One of the posters, which appeared alongside the Tring Road
One of the posters, which appeared alongside the Tring Road
  • Mayor Tuffail Hussain says that local Muslims will ignore the posters
  • National campaign to discourage followers of the religion from voting
  • Mayor says voting is the only way to make a change in society

Flyers urging Muslims not to vote at the general election have been dismissed by the mayor of Aylesbury.

The illegal flyposters, which appeared in Tring Road this week, have been reported to Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The mayor says that all good Muslims will cast their votes on Thursday

The mayor says that all good Muslims will cast their votes on Thursday

The campaign, thought to be by national group Muslims Against Voting, urges members of the religion not to take part in the election saying: “Warning, voting for man made law is shirk associating with Allah, Islam, the right campaign.”

But Tuffail Hussain, the Mayor of Aylesbury who is a practicing Muslim, said that people in the town know better than to believe what the posters say.

He said: “There are six or seven thousand good Muslims here in Aylesbury, and they will all be voting in the elections.

“People know that no matter who they vote for, it is the only way to have their voices heard, and be represented in parliament and on councils.

People know that no matter who they vote for, it is the only way to have their voices heard

Tuffail Hussain, the Mayor of Aylesbury

“If people, including those in the Muslim community want things to change, they need to place their vote, it is the only way.”

Similar posters have been posted by the group around the country, and most recently have been spotted in Leicester and Cardiff.

A post on the campaign group’s website reads: “One of the main excuses some people use today in attempt to justify the evil act of voting for a person to make law on one’s behalf is that the majority of Muslim scholars say it is allowed to vote, and some even go further saying it is a religious duty.

“This, like every other so-called argument used to justify voting for man to play the role of God and make law, is entirely flawed and can never be used as an excuse to associate partners with Allah by choosing a lawmaker besides him.”

A spokesman for Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “We are aware that these brightly coloured stickers have been posted around many cities across the UK, including Leicester and Cardiff, over the past week.

“We have notified Transport for Buckinghamshire of the fly posting on the highway and will also make Thames Valley Police aware of the situation.”