Should Muslims obey the Laws of a Non-Muslim Country?
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

What is law of the land? How does it translate into Non-Muslim country where Muslims live? Can laws such as tax laws be avoided up to certain extent by not following them completely?


The term “law of the land” refers to all those laws and regulations which have been enacted by the legislature of a country and which thereby are imposed on its citizens.

When you are living in a non-Muslim country you are bound in a contract of citizenship that you are required to follow. It is like a promise and oath and the Book of God emphatically states that promises must always be fulfilled – even if one has to take pains.

Therefore, if you are living in a non-Muslim country, you must follow its laws whether they relate to taxation or any other aspect of life. You should lead your life as a law-abiding citizen and in no case break the rules of the society you are living in. If following Islam becomes difficult for you in that environment, then instead of breaking laws and breaching rules, you should migrate from there.

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