Loving non-Muslim country
Fatwa No: 363049

Question

What do you say about loving a non m-Muslim country if one is sitting in a muslim land? There may be just and upright people among the disbelievers who do not fight the Muslims. So if one loves their country or says that their country is beautiful, what do you say about this? May Allah reward you with the best rewards.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

There is no harm in loving a place on earth for its beauty or the safety and justice in it, even if it is inhabited by non-Muslims, because this does not constitute love of the non-Muslims themselves. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, described the land of Abyssinia as the land where justice prevailed although it was a land of Kufr (disbelief) at the time. It was narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, "Verily, in the land of Abyssinia, there is a king who does not tolerate injustice, so go to his land." [Sunan Al-Bayhaqi and other books]

Ibn Hishaam and Ibn Is-haaq added in the Seerah, "and it is a land of truthfulness."

There is no doubt that man is inherently inclined to love every good thing.

Rather, what is prohibited is to love the disbelievers and take them as allies, as indicated by the verse (what means): {You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred...} [Quran 58:22]

Adhwaa' Al-Bayaan reads, "{having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger} means that they love and take the enemies of Allah and His Messenger as allies..."

Ash-Shawkaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, "It means that they love the enemies of Allah and His Messenger and take them as allies ... Eemaan (belief in Allah) deters a Muslim from such love and forbids it, and the bond of Eemaan is much stronger than the ties between the Muslim and his parent, children, siblings, and clan." [Fat-h Al-Qadeer]

Ibn Rushd  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, "It is incumbent on each and every Muslim to dislike whoever disbelieves in Allah; associates partners with him in worship; and disbelieves in His Messenger, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, for the sake of Allah." [Al-Bayaan wa At-Tahseel]

Allah knows best.

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