He studies in the mosque in USA to retain his interest in Islam
Fatwa No: 89982

  • Fatwa Date:18-5-2005 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 10, 1426
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I feel sad because sometimes I thought I cannot finish my school because I study in America this make me if I study hard in English language I am afraid to forget my interesting in Islam. For that I stay a lot of time in the mosque and study easy than before. Please give me advice.


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 is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.


In our view, you should balance between your studies and your religious obligations, like the five daily prayers and to learn what every Muslim is obliged to know regarding religious obligations. This is possible for a person who seeks Allaah's Help and then schedules his time, Inshaa' Allaah.

Other than learning the religious obligations, one can balance between learning them and studying other worldly sciences. It is known that a Muslim will be rewarded if he intends to benefit the Muslims by studying worldly sciences, Inshaa' Allaah.

The questioner should know that our religion is a moderate religion and there is no contradiction between a Muslim's daily life and Islam, provided that one knows how to organize himself and his time. Also, there is no contradiction between Islam and seeking worldly sciences and means of one's sustenance.

Allaah ordered his servants to worship Him in the same way he ordered them to take the means and seek provision in what is permissible. Allaah says (which means): {It is He who made the earth tame for you, so walk among its slopes and eat of His provision, and to Him is the resurrection.}[Quran 67:15]. Allaah further says (which means): {And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allaah, and remember Allaah often that you may succeed.}[Quran 62:10]. So a Muslim has to be moderate, and should not favour this world over his religion, and he should not spoil his worldly life, fail in his studies, and become dependent on other people on the plea of religion. He has to benefit from this worldly life what would help him prepare for his Hereafter. Unfortunately, at this present time, studies that pertain to worldly sciences have become very important since what counts is ones qualifications. So we are not telling you leave your studies and stick to the mosque, nor are we telling you to leave the mosque and other religious obligations and stick to this temporary world, be balanced. Finally, we ask Allaah to enable you to do all that which is good. For more benefit about the conditions of studying in a non-Muslim country, please refer to Fatwa: 84777.

Allaah knows best.

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