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What is the ruling on immigrating abroad to Western countries, like Canada and others, to live permanently? حكم الهجرة إلى الخارج إلى دول الغرب

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Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions.

As to what follows:

In response to your question, we say, and with Allah Almighty lies all success:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “I am free of every Muslim who resides among the mushrikun (polytheists).” [Abu Dawud]

This proves that it is impermissible for a Muslim to reside among the disbelievers, while being capable of moving away from them, except if there is a benefit or need that calls for it, which should be proportionate. As for moving to abide permanently, there is no doubt of its impermissibility due to what it entails of fitnah.


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