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Can muslims abide by the law of a non-muslim land?

All praises be to Allaah, Lord and Sustainer of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and upon his family and companions.

Fulfilling promises, contracts and oaths is a duty and obligation on the believer, irrespective of who the promises are made with. This is indicated by many verses of Quraan such as:

"O you who believe! Fear Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)."

[al-Tawbah 9:119]

"Those who fulfil the Covenant of Allaah and break not the Mithaaq (bond, treaty, covenant)."

[al-Ra'd 13:20]

"O you who believe! Fulfil (your) obligations (contracts)."

[al-Maa'idah: 1]

Therefore, if a Muslim agrees to abide by the law of a non-Muslim land, then he has to fulfil his agreement. However, if this involves committing what is unlawful in Islaam, then this would not be permissible, except if a Muslim is forced or if there is a case of real necessity.

In case of necessity, what is usually impermissible may become permissible. The rule of necessity, however, should not be taken lightly and blown out of proportion, as many do these days.

And Allah the Most Knowledgeable knows what is best and most correct.