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'The greatest affliction and source of wretchedness is infatuation with this world.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3081

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Question : #1221 Category: Miscellaneous
Subject: Same-sex marriage
Question: The Australian government is expected to conduct a voluntary survey to seek the views of all citizens on whether Australian law should legalise same-sex marriage. Active participation from Muslims to oppose this in the survey will increase the number of "no" votes and is likely to influence the government's decision regarding this matter of public policy. As our political system is one of representative government, "no" votes in the majority will hinder the government from passing any such legislation.

Two main questions are:

Do Shia Muslim Australian citizens have a duty (moral and religious) to participate in this survey, albeit voluntary, in order to represent our Islamic principles in this matter of public policy? This public policy will influence the law, the societal norms and social morality, that we (and our future generations) will be living with.

When we have this chance to try influence the law to the extent that we can, will lack of participation be passive endorsement of a practice that is forbidden in Islam?


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