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Ruling On Abiding By The Law Of The Land In Western Countries- Islam For Muslims

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Egemba Sunday Uchechukwu
, Nigeria.

Is it essential for a Muslim who lives in a non-Muslim country to abide by the laws of that land, such as abiding by traffic laws and the age set for being allowed to drive, or is that haraam or makrooh?


Praise be to Allah.

With regard to laws promulgated in non-Muslim countries, one of the following three scenarios must apply:


The laws are contrary to what Allah has prescribed, such as giving the wife the power of divorce, or not giving the father guardianship over his daughter after she reaches puberty, or giving a daughter the same share of the estate as a son, allowing the drinking of alcohol and zina (sex outside of marriage), and so on. It is not permissible to act upon these laws or approve of them.


The laws are in accordance with what is mentioned in Islamic teachings. In this case, one should abide by them, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger.


The Islamic texts have not said anything about the laws, but they are in the best interests of people, such as laws having to do with driving and the age at which driving is allowed. These laws must be adhered to, in accordance with the religious texts which enjoin being faithful to contracts and covenants, such as the verse in which Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations” [al-Maa’idah 5:1] and the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “Muslims are bound by their conditions, except a condition that forbids something permissible or permits something forbidden.” Abu ‘Eesa [at-Tirmidhi] said: This is a hasan saheeh hadith. It was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) in Saheeh Ibn Maajah (2353).

And Allah knows best.


Contemporary Issues: Hijab prohibition in Law School, other Educational Institutions, e.t.c

Hijab is part of the Islamic injunction as Allaah says in many verses of the Qur'an and Sunnah.

The Nigerian constitution recognises freedom of religion in Article 38 which states:

(1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

(2) No person attending any place of education shall be required to receive religious instruction or to take part in or attend any religious ceremony or observance if such instruction ceremony or observance relates to a religion other than his own, or religion not approved by his parent or guardian.

The Era of forcing Muslim Students to sing hymns at assemblies, pray to dead humans/Saints, change names (e.g. from Rasheed to Richard, e.t.c), dress nude by not using the right Hijab or outright prohibition of Hijab, e.t.c just because they want to be educated is up!

Nigeria is a Multi-religious country and Islam will not be denigrated in any way!

May Allaah bless the Muslims who strive to let the laws of Allaah be freely practiced in Nigeria and the rest of the world!

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