Eighteen above and are a political activist on social media, but don’t know whom to vote? Yeah, Happens! Here is a little guideline which will get you prepared for the Elections 2018 why you have to be prepared? Because duh! It is flipping important. First things first check if your vote has been registered or not, if yes where. The procedure to this is simple, just send your CNIC (e.g.00000-0000000-0) to 8300. It will cost you two rupees but in return will provide you with some important stuff regarding the halqa number where your vote is registered.
Now, know the importance of the process. As Muslims, it is our fundamental duty to choose the people who will lead us wisely. From the process of choosing Imams to Caliphs our history gives us guidelines in how people wisely selected them with mutual consent because a leader is the caretaker of nation and the guardian of “Amr bil Maroof wa nahi anil munkar” and the custodian of the future and the deputy of ALLAH (if only they understand that). Things is that it is important because once chosen you have to obey them.
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever obeys me has obeyed Allah, and whoever disobeys me has disobeyed Allah. Whoever obeys my deputy has obeyed me, and whoever disobeys my deputy has disobeyed me.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6713, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1835
Go online and study a little about every party’s agenda, what they are promising for the next five years and what are their achievements, what is the credibility and on the scale of ten how much do they kept their words and promises. What they offer, does this really is needed in our country in current situation? What is more important, prioritize and evaluate them. Sometimes its not the party but the individual which should be evaluated properly because ultimately it will be these individuals making parties, cabinet, whole parliament and god-forbidden the eaters our money and future.
Try and have a meet-up with the people who are representing your area from different parties. Well if the person is not available to talk to you then you already know that he is a misfit. Even (God Willing) after they won try and contact them as a reminder, that he is your leader, person you will be looking forward to, because he like us is a human being and can be trapped in the mainstream-ness despite of the good in him.
Judge properly, who is really the representative of the common man, who really knows about the town and its needs, who really says the truth and the wise things and has a list that corresponds with the need of time. Choose the ones who really know the meaning of democracy in literal way. As Iqbal said:
جمہوريت اک طرز حکومت ہے کہ جس ميں
بندوں کو گنا کرتے ہيں ، تولا نہيں کرتے