Moving to a non-Muslim country for better income and work opportunities
Fatwa No: 293716

Question

asalamI live in a muslim country and when I would be graduated from university inshallah I d like to move to canada or usa but I prefer canada .Anyway I want to do so because I can find better income there ,and there are other opportunities of work there and why not meet a non muslim woman and convert her in islam and get married inshallah . as I said I live in a muslim country and I am not poor ,my parent have a good income and I have heritage .And please don't talk to me about temptations and stuff like that because I live in a muslim country and I know some friends who invited me to unlawful places where there is alcohol and I refused or ask me other unlawful things to do with them and I refused . And I am not those kind of people who are social , I always want to do my routine stuff and get home , maybe be friend but when it comes to doing unlawful things these are the limits for me . so I wanna know if it is permissible to move there ?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We have already elaborated on the ruling of residing in non-Muslim countries in Fatwa 86405, so please refer to it.

In general, the conditions in the land of Islam are incomparable to the conditions in the non-Muslim land (i.e. there is a great difference). The example that you have mentioned about your friends is nothing more than a single incident; the corruption and the temptations of the desires in the non-Muslim countries on the other hand are prevalent and common, besides there being laws that provide absolute freedom. Even if you are spared, your children may not be so in the future, so you should be careful.

Therefore, if a Muslim does not have a necessity or need to travel to those countries, then it is better for him to live among his family and relatives where he can be dutiful to his parents, if they are alive, have good relations with his relatives, be in a country where he can hear the Athaan (call for the prayer) five times a day, and observe the laws of his religion without trouble.

Allaah Knows best.

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