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Should Converts Migrate to Muslim Countries?

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Mustafa
2013/11/07
As-salamu `alaykum. Should converts from Europe that fear for their faith make hijrah to Muslim countries? What is the ruling on hijrah today? Having lived in Muslim countries, I often find people without Islam in the UK, in a better condition with regards to adab and how they treat others. They don't have faith but they treat people better than they do in Muslim countries. Should a convert leave his family to make hijrah?
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear brother, thank you very much for your question and for your sincere care about your new Muslim brothers and sisters.

Frankly speaking, there is no reasonable justification for new Muslims to leave their countries for Muslim-majority countries. If they are facing some troubles or challenges, they may face a double, though different of kind, in the Muslim countries.

Also, they should ask themselves: “To which country would we leave; which country is ready to welcome foreigners as citizens?”

Moreover, if most, or all, new Muslims in the Muslim-minority countries left these countries, who would shoulder the responsibility in making da`wah?

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

I do not see any reason for Muslims living in countries such as USA, Canada, or UK to migrate to a Muslim country, even though they may face some pressures and challenges here and there.

Generally speaking, Muslims are free to practice their religion like everyone else. There is no persecution of Muslims, as far as I know, in any of these countries. If you are speaking about some of the challenges coming from Islam bashers or racists in these societies, they are isolated, and therefore, they do not warrant migrating to other countries.

Another question should be asked in this context: If you were to decide to migrate, which of the countries is willing to welcome you?

Mind you, you may end up facing far worse challenges in those countries. So, where would you go?

Allah Almighty knows best.


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