Matters of Hijra & Harb (Emigration & Warfare): Installment 3

by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Is An Accord (Sulh) with the Non-Muslim Government Required Before A Muslim Can Reside in the Land of the Unbelievers?

Excerpts from

The Ruling of Residing in the Lands of the Unbelievers and Proclaiming its Compulsoriness in Some Situations

By Sheikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Muhammad ibn As-Siddeeq Al-Hasani Al-Ghimaari – may Allah show him mercy

One of the last Great Hadeeth Masters of Morocco

Before dealing with the topic of this installment let us consider the following in order to grant a proper context to the response of Sheikh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez.

He says on page 22 of his treatise:

“And the Companions – may Allah be pleased with them – used to advance proof for the permissibility of any particular act that they did by the fact that the Qur’an was being revealed and it didn’t forbid it – as (in what) happened regarding the matter of withdrawing prior to ejaculation (‘azl) that Jaabir – may Allah be pleased with him – forwarded as proof for its permissibility with what we have mentioned.

So the first place that Allah – High is He – mentions that while not treating it with any prohibition or censure is His saying – High is He – in Surat Al-Jumu’ah:

((And when they see trade and amusement, they disperse to it, and leave you standing)).

It has come regarding the occasion of descent of the verse – as in Bukhaari and Muslim on the authority of Jaabir ibn ‘Abdillah (that he said):

“While we were praying with the Prophet – may Allah bless and grant him peace – a caravan from Shaam approached bearing food. So they (those attending Jumu’ah) gave it their attention until there didn’t remain with the Prophet – may Allah bless and grant him peace – any more than 12 men. Then this verse came down:

((And when they see trade are amusement, they disperse to it, and leave you standing)).”

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