Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada , states: “Since no political party may have all of their agendas totally clean as far as Islam is concerned, we must consider the major issues in voting. If, therefore, one is voting liberals for their stand on civil liberties, it is something Islamically most desirable; for without civil liberties we cannot function as Muslims in this society in any reasonable way; therefore, it should be considered a basic criterion for choosing to vote for a particular party. We must keep in mind that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) followed a priority system in implementing Islam; he tolerated many things in his early years. Even the prohibition of alcohol had to wait a number of years.
Moreover, it is not in the interests of Muslims, to put all their eggs in one basket as far as political participation is concerned. To vote for parties that stand for the principles that you cherish most dearly should be used as the criterion for voting. anyhow, this issue needs a full detailed investigation and study.”