“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Imam Elturk Joins The Interfaith Power and Light Webinar On The Importance Of Voting

On Tuesday (August 9), Imam Mustapha Elturk, Ameer of the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA), participated in an important interfaith webinar titled “Encouraging Faith Communities to Vote – Sermons on the Importance of Voting.” The webinar was hosted by the Interfaith Power & Light whose mission is to inspire and equip people of faith to exercise stewardship of and love for all Creation. Imam Elturk representing the Islamic faith was joined with the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley and Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb from Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation. Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of IPL, led the discussion.

In response to, how do the Quran and Muhammad speak to voting in a 21st century American democracy? Imam Elturk stated that Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the 7th century established Islam based on Divine Justice and aside from being a Prophet, he was the political leader and head of the Islamic State. In comparison to modern day elections, the system of Bai’ah or allegiance was an expression of the collective vote or people’s acceptance to the election of the Caliph.

The Imam gave examples from two great scholars who wrote on Islamic polity, Al-Farabi, who in his famous work on ‘The Virtuous City’ considered democracy to be closest to the ideal state as practiced during the times of the rightly guided caliphs, and Muhammad Iqbal, who wrote ‘The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam’, also viewed the early Islamic caliphate as being compatible with democracy.

Imam Elturk mentioned how he stresses to those who are registered to vote to actually vote. Also, the need to register to vote for those who are citizens but not yet registered. Civic engagement is an obligation, it is not a choice, according to Imam Elturk.

The Imam cited the verse, “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Justice as witnesses to Allah, even if it is against yourselves, your parents and close relatives…” (al-Nisa’, 4:135). He also shared the well known hadith (saying of the Prophet) on stopping evil, “Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; and if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith.” (Narrated by Muslim)

When asked about faith leaders being apprehensive about voting, Imam Elturk admitted that some faith leaders and Muslims believe that participating in the electoral process and voting is against Islam. However, the Imam believes that most Islamic Centers do actually encourage voting in the U.S. and that, “The narrative of whether Muslim American citizens are permitted to vote in the national or local elections has been debated and the overwhelming majority of scholars domestically and abroad have permitted the participation in the political electoral process” said Imam Elturk. He also acknowledged that 501 (C) 3 non-profit organizations are non-partisan and are not allowed to endorse a particular candidate or party. However, Imams and community leaders may invite candidates to their mosques and present themselves and what they have to offer. One needs to be informed on issues and on those running for office. Imam Elturk encourages his community to vote their conscience.

Rev. Durley and Rabbi Dobb weighed in on the subject citing verses from the Bible and Talmud.

The webinar ended with each religious leader making a supplication for justice.

Clips from the webinar may be viewed at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWf5jLk-QBk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y46aQKGdC94

For the entire webinar go to:


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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.