UK PM criticised for holding a snap election during Ramadan

UK PM criticised for holding a snap election during Ramadan April 28, 2017

Some British Muslims aren’t happy that UK voters are being asked to go to the polls for a general election in the middle Ramadan, according to Rushanara Ali, above, Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in London.
Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of not taking Muslim voters into account by calling for an election on June 8. Ramandan takes place between May 26 and June 24.
Ali said:

The fact that the general election will fall in the middle of Ramadan is not ideal. Holding an election during Ramadan means there could be a disproportionate effect on voter turnout in those constituencies with a sizeable Muslim population.
If anyone thinks that their ability to go and vote will be affected, I urge them to register for a postal vote.

Labour’s Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, above, added:

It is unfortunate that Theresa May has scheduled the election to take place during the holy month of Ramadan. I know this will present challenges to Muslim voters and those who wish to campaign. At best I can only suggest that this did not even feature in her thinking, which is disappointing.

She added:

It may be that the election falling during Ramadan reduces turnout among Muslims.

SNP MSP Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, also voiced fears that fewer Muslims will vote, adding that:

You can never really hold an election at a perfect time. I think it would be fair to say that a lot of people in the Muslim community feel that they were certainly not even factored at all into the conversation or the thinking because it will have an impact, I suspect, on turnout.

However, the Muslim Council of Britain said it could see “no reason” why holding the election during Ramadan should have any impact on Muslims turning up to vote. The group added:

There is probably more ‘voter fatigue’ generally across the country following the extensive recent campaigns in the lead-up to the 2015 general election and the 2016 EU Referendum.
Muslims fasting during Ramadan will go about their normal daily activities and taking time out to cast a vote will have no impact on their choice to do so.

Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei OBE, chairman of the Al-Khoei Foundation, a Shi’a Muslim organisation, said:

In general, Ramadan and fasting is not supposed to impede normal life. It’s supposed to be a spiritual experience. But for some people, you know, the combination of the hot weather … and lack of foods could be an impediment.
But the spiritual uplifting of fasting should really make a Muslim more resilient and that should not really be a pretext for not voting, and I encourage everyone to use their right to vote.

Of course some Muslims believe that it matters not a jot when elections are held, because taking part in the democratic process goes against the wishes of Allah.

A poll in 2010 run by Muslims against Voting shows that more than 53 percent of British Muslims said that they would not vote because:

I want to remain Muslim, and Allah is the only Legislator.

More than 44 percent said they would vote because:

My way of life is democracy, and I want to take Allahs (sic) name and give it to man, making me a Kaafir.

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  • gedediah

    Ramadan is a whole month. Muslims where I work manage to turn up for work every day. So how much of an issue is it really? Postal vote. Solution right there.
    Glad to see there are comments from muslims who don’t see it as a problem included in the report .

  • L.Long

    I call BS! on the isLame! If their slow (sorta) take over of UK to turn it into another muslin state of hate, Bigotry, & violence, then voting is a religious act, so voting etc during a time when you are continuously pointing your asses to gawd should be OK! And if allah is your main sheep herder (boss) then voting is of no concern! Well, unless you are trying to force everyone else into you delusional mold!
    Or be more xtian and have your ramadamAdingdong in a week end instead of a whole month….or said directly …piss off! And shame on the MP for any apology.

  • Angela_K

    The religious moaning as usual because the world doesn’t bend to their irrational whims. Voting shouldn’t be a problem for muslims given how postal voting fraud is rife among them.

  • ray metcalfe

    I wonder what the next complaint will be? This does seem to be ridiculous. What is difficult about going into a voting booth putting a X on a piece of paper and putting that piece of paper in a box? Perhaps we could run some sort of competition to see who can guess what half whited complaint the muslim community will come up with next

  • Daz

    “I think it would be fair to say that a lot of people in the Muslim community feel that they were certainly not even factored at all into the conversation or the thinking”

    What an amusing assumption: that there was any real conversation or thinking involved in the decision to call this election. Still, it probably wouldn’t be proper religion if they didn’t go looking for excuses to feel hard done by.
    Barry, while that poll is amusing, I’m not sure a sample of 288 with an obvious self-selection bias, and set of answers which, as one commenter rightly puts it…

    “what a stupid survey. what clever choices you’ve given us: 1) I agree with you completely 2) I’m an idolator 3) I’m a Kaafir”

    …actually “shows” anything about British Muslims in general.

  • Daz

    Oops sorry: 388.

  • Paul

    Fasting is between the person and their allah.
    It has nothing whatsoever to do with any one who is not a Muslim or who cannot fast and to make it so is against Islam and is offensive.
    These people moaning are idiotic and make their statements so devoid of reason they deserve utter contempt and ridicule.
    Fasting is not supposed to make these people impotent or in capabale of daily life.

  • Brian Jordan

    One paragraph moaning, then another advocating postal voting and so negating her first paragraph. Patronising.

  • TT

    Whinge whine bleat .. typical “it’s all about me” islamoshite

  • remigius

    The UK local council elections are being held on May 4th – Star Wars Day. Bloody sacrilege!

  • Vanity Unfair

    More importantly, 8th. June is the festival of Bishop Thomas Ken and Theresa May should have known that.
    Under Charles II he had refused to give up his official lodging to Nell Gwynne but without any repercussions. Indeed he was made Bishop of Bath and Wells before the mere mention of the title brought forth smirks.
    He interceded with the James II after the Monmouth Rebellion and tried to lessen the effects of the Bloody Assizes. Later Bishop Ken was sent to the Tower by the king and tried for high misdemeanours along with six other bishops for trying to keep the king on the right track, thus setting in motion the Glorious Revolution. This was inconvenient as he was unable to swear allegiance to William III and Mary II (he would have preferred a regency) as he had already so sworn to James II: no vicar of Bray, he.
    He also wrote the hymn, “Awake, my soul, and with the sun” which, while a little sycophantic, is really quite good.
    Despite all this, Bishop Ken’s greatest failure remained his inability to achieve ordination for his lifelong companion, Barbie.

  • barriejohn

    Allah is the only Legislator.
    Just the sort of aphorism that I used to hear from fundamentalist Christians come election time:
    “God is on the throne.” (Titter ye not.)
    “Our man’s in.”
    “Man proposes but God disposes.” (Another “clever”, but meaningless, play on words.)
    And, of course, that old favourite, “The powers that be are ordained of God.”
    Not a shred of evidence for any of it, naturally.

  • Stuart H.

    Sounds more like a back door way of reintroducing the widespread practice of postal voting in Asian communities, which effectively means no scrutiny of voting practice or chance to challenge bogus or multiple voting, e.g. as is possible when a local party activist spots a neighbour popping in to vote twice at the polling venue.
    Some might recall that postal voting was widely abused in the UK general election before last – with investigations into voter fraud, suspicions that the votes of housebound women were effectively handed over to the (male) head of household, and that whole households with little grasp of English handed their voting cards handed over to political activists who kindly put the ‘X’ next to the ‘right’ candidate, etc.

  • Robster

    In the efforts of fairness and conviviality and given the absurd number of “religious things”that happen each year, perhaps we should just all sit down and vegetate?

  • barriejohn

    It can’t be easy being Muslim. So many rules to follow!
    PS Someone remind me please: which century are we living in?

  • Barty

    BJ … You and I are living the 21st century but the pious are dragging us back to the dark ages. Forget all the hopes and ambition of the 20th century when a once great nation put men on the moon several times. Forget all that. Its all retrograde now … the pious have shameless unlimited energy to do what they know their gods want them to do which is to beggar and retard and crush the human race.

  • What’s the word for when one culture insists on another culture to change its ways, when the former culture is in the location traditionally home to the later culture?
    Is the word diversity? Acceptance? Multiculturalism? I can’t remember.
    Is it the same word for when a culture insists every culture in every location change its ways? Is that word respect?
    There must be a word for it.

  • Nikk

    “If anyone thinks that their ability to go and vote will be affected, I urge them to register for a postal vote.”
    I urge them to take a look at themselves.