Travelling to the land of the kuffaar to seek knowledge, and helping the kuffaar to make software

I have seen alot of the questions that you have answered and I have come to trust your opinion in complex matters such as which face the Ummah at this time.May Allah bestow His Mercy on you for helping the muslims by your knowledge. (Amen)
My question is whether it is permissible for a muslim to travel in a land of the kuffar for the purpose of gaining worldly knowledge.Also is it allowed for us to help the kuffar in making software,that they may use for military purposes.eventhough they may be a peace with us?Is the money that we get from such jobs halal or haram?Please answer this question for me as I am a student and very disturbed about whether what i am doing is right or wrong.I have talked with of my friends and they say that it is halal because what they do with our software is non of our concern and we are only doing our work and getting paid what we cannot imagine in any muslim country.Dear shiekh please help me out,May Allah enter you in Paradise for all the good work you are doing.(Amen)

Praise be to Allaah.

If it is worldly knowledge that is beneficial to the Muslims, and it cannot be learned in a Muslim country, then it is OK to go to the kaafir countries, on the condition that the person is religiously committed and knowledgeable enough to be safe from desires and doubts.

It is not permissible for us to help the enemies of Allaah with programs that may cause harm to the Muslims and give the kuffaar more power. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression” [al-Maa’idah 5:2]

This applies whether the harm is something that may happen in the future, which is the situation when there is peace, or is something that may happen immediately, as in the case of kuffaar who are in a state of war with the Muslims. The means of earning a halaal income are many, and whoever gives up something for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will compensate him with something better. Continue reading

Cutting hair to make it all of equal length is permissible so long as one does not resemble the kuffaar

What is the ruling on muslim men cutting there hair is there limitaions like it has to be done equall length..Please explain this

Praise be to Allaah.

Cutting hair to make it all of equal length, reaching the shoulders or ears is OK, so long as that does not involve resembling the kuffaar. Resembling the kuffaar is haraam even if it is in regard to something that in principle is permitted.

With regard to cutting some of the hair and leaving some of it, that is not permitted. This is the hairstyle which was forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as is narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and elsewhere.

This ruling applies to both men and women. It is OK to cut the hair and make it of equal length so long as that does not involve resembling the kuffaar, or making men resemble women and vice versa. Women should not cut their hair short in a manner that resembles men’s hairstyles.  Continue reading

Is wearing jeans imitating the kuffaar?

Is wearing jeans considered imitating the kuffar or is it ok?

Praise be to Allaah.

Imitating means trying to be like someone, which the fuqahaa’ understand to mean being similar in a certain way to the person whom one is imitating. The Muslim is not permitted to imitate the kuffaar by wearing clothing that is unique to them and for which they are known, like the belt worn by Christian monks, or the distinctive headgear of Magians (Zoroastrians) and Jews, because of the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Reported by Abu Dawood, 4/314). Continue reading

It is not permissible to eat foods that are prepared by the kuffaar for their festivals

Is it permissible for a Muslim to eat the foods that the people of the Book or the mushrikoon prepare for their festivals or accept such foods if they are given on the occasion of their festivals?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for the Muslim to eat foods that the Jews, Christians and mushrikoon make for their festivals. It is not permissible either for a Muslim to accept such things that are given to them on the occasion of their festivals, because that implies honouring them and cooperating with them in manifesting their symbols and propagating their innovations and sharing their happiness on the days of their festivals. That may also lead to taking their festivals as festivals for us too, or to exchanging invitations to meals or to give gifts on one another’s festivals at the very least. This is a kind of deviation and innovation in religion. It was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it, will have it rejected.” And it is not permissible to give them anything on the occasion of their festivals.  Continue reading

Ruling on sports clothing on which there are symbols of the kuffaar

What is the ruling on wearing sports clothes in which there are symbols belonging to the kuffar, such as sports jerseys on which there are symbols of Italy or Germany or America, or on which are written the names of some of the kaafir players.

Praise be to Allaah.

Clothing on which there are symbols of the kuffaar is subject to further discussion, as follows:

1.     If these symbols represent the religion of the kuffaar such as crosses and the like, in this case it is not permissible to import these clothes or to sell them or to wear them.

2.     If these symbols represent veneration of anyone among the kuffaar, by putting his picture or writing his name and so on, they are also haraam as stated above.

3.     If these slogans do not have to do with worship or veneration of any person, rather they are permissible trademarks, then there is nothing wrong with them.  Continue reading

Muslim being washed and buried with the kuffaar

A Muslim died in France and it was not possible to bring him to his Arab homeland. In the city where he died there was no graveyard set aside exclusively for the Muslims. Should he be buried in the Christian graveyard or what? Similarly, there is no place to wash the Muslim dead, apart from a room which is for washing the Christian dead. Can the Muslim dead be washed there if it is not possible to wash the dead Muslim in his house?

Praise be to Allaah.

If there is no graveyard for the Muslims, then when a Muslim dies he cannot be buried in the kaafir graveyard. Rather a place should be sought for him in the desert, where he should be buried and then the land leveled over him so that it will not be dug up. If it is possible to bring him to a city where there is a Muslim graveyard without going to too much trouble or expense, then that is preferable. With regard to washing a dead Muslim in a place where kaafirs are also washed, that is OK, if it is too difficult to find another place.

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhamamd and his family and companions, and grant them peace. Continue reading

Zakaat al-Fitr on behalf of kuffaar

Many people have kaafir servants in their homes. Should zakaat al-fitr be paid on their behalf, or can they be given anything from the zakaah?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Zakaat al-Fitr should not be paid on their behalf, and it is not permissible to give them anything of the zakaah. If a person gives them some of the zakaah, that is not sufficient (i.e., he has not discharged the obligation of paying it). But he may treat them kindly and give them something that does not come from the obligatory zakaah. We should also note that we should do without them and employ only Muslims, because the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded that the kuffaar be expelled from the Arabian Peninsula and said, “No two religions can co-exist therein.”

And Allaah is the Source of strength.  Continue reading

Is it permissible for the owner of a restaurant to sell food to those who are not fasting and to kuffaar during the day in Ramadaan?

I am living in a foreign land and I have a small restaurant. I see some Muslims who are not fasting – and there are many of them – who want to eat in my restaurant during the noon hour. What is the ruling on selling food to these people who are not fasting, and selling food to non-Muslims?.

Praise be to Allaah.


In many answers on this site we have mentioned the warning against settling in kaafir countries, because of the danger that that poses to a man’s religious commitment and that of his family too. The man cannot give his family the Islamic upbringing that he wants. Work is no excuse for a Muslim to live in those countries. See the answer to questions no. 38284 and 13363Continue reading

Ruling on saying that the attitude of the kuffaar is better than the attitude of the Muslims

Is it permissible for a Muslim to say that some of the kuffaar have a better attitude than some of the Muslims?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If you say that the attitude of the kuffaar is better than the attitude of the Muslims – in absolute terms – then this is haraam, no doubt about it. In fact the one who says that should be asked to repent, because the most important attitude is a person’s attitude towards Allaah, and correct etiquette towards Him means not worshipping anyone other than Him. This attitude is to be found only among the Muslims and not others, and this general usage includes all the Muslims, and there must be some of them who have a proper Islamic attitude and follow the laws of Allaah.

But preferring the attitude of some of the kaafirs to the attitude of some Muslims is a mistake, because the bad attitude of the kuffaar towards their Lord, may He be exalted, and their Prophets (peace be upon them) is bad enough. They insulted Allaah and claimed that He has a son, and they slandered their Prophets and told lies about them. What good can their attitude towards people do them when their attitude towards their Lord is among the worst of attitudes?

Moreover, how can we look at the attitude of ten or one hundred kaafirs, and determine from that that their attitude is good, and forget the attitude of most of the Jews and Christians? How often have they betrayed the Muslims, how often have they destroyed their homes, how often have they tempted them away from their religion, how often have they destroyed their wealth [?], how often have they plotted and conspired against them?

The good attitude of a few of them does not count against the bad attitude of most of them, let alone the fact that this good attitude of their serves the same purpose, for they only want to benefit themselves and serve their own worldly interests, in most cases.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about someone who was comparing Muslim workers to non-Muslim workers. He said: the non-Muslims are honest and I can trust them, and their demands are few and their work is good, but those (Muslims) are the exact opposite – so what is your opinion?

He said: They are not Muslims in the true sense of the word even though they claim to be Muslims. Those who are Muslims in the true sense of the word are better and more honest and more sincere than the kuffaar. What you said is a mistake and you should not say it. If the kuffaar are honest with you and fulfil their trusts so as to get what they want from you and to take jobs from our Muslim brothers, this is their only goal. They may pretend to be serving your interests but in fact they are only serving their own interests so that they can take money and so that you will prefer them.   Continue reading

Is a soldier’s fighting in the regular army against the kuffaar considered to be jihaad?

In sha Allaah I will be joining the army in the next few months. There is the possibility – although this is the matter of the Unseen (al-ghayb), but I think it could happen at any time – that there will be a war between the Muslims and the Jews. If Allaah decrees that I should be one of His troops fighting against His enemies the Jews, how should I fight the Jews? If death is decreed for me, will I be a shaheed (martyr) who died for the sake of Allaah, and not a martyr for the sake of the homeland or for anything else other than Allaah? The fighting will be for the purpose of regaining territory or to fulfil some people’s whims and desires, not for the sake of making the word of Allaah supreme (may Allaah protect us), so how can I fight them in order to make the word of Allaah supreme, and how can I form my intention so that I may be a shaheed for the sake of Allaah? May Allaah reward you with all good.

Praise be to Allaah.

If it is decreed that you should be a soldier fighting in the army against the Jews or any other kuffaar, then make your intention purely for the sake of Allaah in your fighting against them, and have the intention of supporting Islam and the Muslims, and making the word of Allaah supreme and the word of kufr the lowest. In this way, your fighting will be for the sake of Allaah. It was reported that a man asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “A man who fights for the sake of booty, a man who fights for the sake of fame and a man who fights for the sake of status – which of them is fighting for the sake of Allaah?” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The one who fights so that the word of Allaah will be supreme is the one who is fighting for the sake of Allaah.” (Agreed upon, from the hadeeth of Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari, may Allaah be pleased with him). (Al-Bukhaari, 3/206; Muslim, 3/1512-1513).

And Allaah is the Source of Strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad. Continue reading