Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions.
Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
As to what follows:
If it is not a case of necessity, then do not travel to non-Muslim countries. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “I am free from every Muslim that lives among the mushrikun.” [Abu Dawud (2645) and Tirmidhi (1604)]
This hadith has been narrated by way of Isma`il, from Qays, from Jarir bin `Abdullah. Thus, based on the correct view, it is mursal (i.e. a chain wherefrom the narrator between the Successor (Tabi`i) and the Prophet (peace be upon him) is omitted).
However, what testifies to it is what Abu Dawud has narrated by way of Sulayman bin Samurah, from Samurah bin Jundub, from the Prophet (peace be upon him), who said, “Anyone who associates with a mushrik and lives with him is like him.” [Abu Dawud (2787)]
Dr. Khalid al-Muslih
22 / 5 / 1427 AH