Truth is not determined by Majorities.

God, the Most High, has never considered majority as a standard of truth; in fact, the truth may be to the contrary. History is witness that the majority has more often than not been against God’s message for which they have been condemned in no uncertain terms.

In the following verses the Quran has condemned the view of the majority:

 And what reason have you that you should not eat of that on which Allah’s name has been mentioned, and He has already made plain to you what He has forbidden to you– excepting what you are compelled to; and most surely many would lead (people) astray by their low desires out of ignorance; surely your Lord– He best knows those who exceed the limits.

Surah Anaam (6): Verse 119

And most of them do not follow (anything) but conjecture; surely conjecture will not avail aught against the truth; surely Allah is cognizant of what they do.

Surah Yunus (10): Verse 36

And even if We had sent down to them the angels and the dead had spoken to them and We had brought together all things before them, they would not believe unless Allah pleases, but most of them are ignorant.

Surah An’aam (6): Verse 111

Or do they say: There is madness in him? Nay! He has brought them the truth, and most of them are averse from the truth.

Surah Momenoon (23): Verses 70-71

Most surely there is a sign in that, but most of them will not believe.

Surah Shoara (26): Verse 8

And We did not find in most of them any (faithfulness to) covenant, and We found most of them to be certainly transgressors.

Surah Aaraaf (7): Verse 102

 Allah has not ordained (the classification of camels into) a bahirah or a saibah or a wasilah or a hami but those who disbelieve fabricate a lie against Allah, and most of them do not understand.

Surah Maaedah (5): Verse103

 A Book of which the verses are made plain, an Arabic Quran for a people who know. A herald of good news and a warner, but most of them turn aside so they hear not.

Surah Fusselat (41): Verses 3-4

 Or do you think that most of them do hear or understand? They are nothing but as cattle; nay, they are straying farther off from the path.

Surah Furqaan (25): Verse 44

Or, have they taken gods besides Him? Say: Bring your proof; this is the reminder of those with me and the reminder of those before me. Nay! Most of them do not know the truth, so they turn aside.

Surah Anbiya (21): Verse 24

And most men will not believe though you desire it eagerly.

Surah Yusuf (10): Verse 103

He said: Surely he has been unjust to you in demanding your ewe (to add) to his own ewes; and most surely most of the partners act wrongfully towards one another, save those who believe and do good, and very few are they; and Dawood was sure that We had tried him, so he sought the protection of his Lord and he fell down bowing and turned time after time (to Him).

Surah Saba (34): Verse 24

On the other hand, there are instances where the Holy Quran has praised the minority.

And when We made a covenant with the children of Israel: You shall not serve any but Allah and (you shall do) good to (your) parents, and to the near of kin and to the orphans and the needy, and you shall speak to men good words and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate. Then you turned back except a few of you and (now too) you turn aside.

Surah Baqarah (2): Verse 83

And if We had prescribed for them: Lay down your lives or go forth from your homes, they would not have done it except a few of them; and if they had done what they were admonished, it would have certainly been better for them and best in strengthening (them).

Surah Nisa (4): Verse 66

Therefore, for their breaking their covenant and their disbelief in the communications of Allah and their killing the prophets wrongfully and their saying: Our hearts are covered; nay! Allah set a seal upon them owing to their unbelief, so they shall not believe except a few.

Surah Nisa (4): Verse 155

Until when Our command came and water came forth from the valley, We said: Carry in it two of all things, a pair, and your own family– except those against whom the word has already gone forth, and those who believe. And there believed not with him but a few.

Surah Hud (11): Verse 40

But why were there not among the generations before you those possessing understanding, who should have forbidden the making of mischief in the earth, except a few of those whom We delivered from among them? And those who were unjust went after what they are made to enjoy of plenty, and they were guilty.

Surah Hud (11): Verse 116

They made for him what he pleased of fortresses and images, and bowls (large) as watering-troughs and cooking-pots that will not move from their place; give thanks, O family of Dawood! And very few of My servants are grateful.

Surah Saba (34): Verse 13

… save those who believe and do good, and very few are they; …

Surah Swaad (part of 38): Verse 24

So consideration is not given to which worldview (or even opinions in particular issues) has the most followers. As we have seen from God’s message, more often than not the minority is rightly guided and the majority has deviated from God’s guidance.

Or do you think that most of them listen or use their intellect (yaqluna)? They are only like cattle, nay, they are more astray from the way”. Surah Furqan (25):44

A couple of fitting quotes:

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain.

 “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the vastness of the perishers.”  Ibn al-Qayyim 

 

And Allah knows best.