On Vote-buying and selling
By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA
May 8, 2019
“Vote-buying” is as old as history. As long as there is election, there is vote buying.
Instrument for vote buying is not necessarily cash, but a lot of things.
It can be material, words, promises etc.
To gain the sympathy of others, you have to offer something that will benefit them, one way of buying their side, to vote for you.
Vote-buying must be interpreted as a relative term.
It could not be necessarily wrong if it is aimed for noble intention.
The messengers and prophets of God had to offer something to benefit those who would side with them against the tyrants and oppressors of the time.
They offered the Promise of God of good life here and in the hereafter if they believe in what they propagate foe the sake of God.
In other words, they bought their followers with Divine promises that, as in Christian dogma, if they follow they will be blessed with eternal life, otherwise they be doomed.
But vote buying nowadays is different and sinful because it means buying the future of the voters; instead of giving them a bright future, the buyers give them painful doom.