Can I Migrate to a Non-Muslim Land?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Is it permissible to migrate with my family and children to a non-Muslim country, given the political and economic stability in my homeland?


In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. May Allah grant you facilitation and ease.

It is in itself superior to live in Muslim lands, if one can. This tends to be safer for one’s religion and one’s children’s religion.

The greatest gift we have is the gift of faith and guidance. The one thing we ask Allah Most High for in every cycle of every prayer is to remain guided on the Straight Path. [Sura Fatiha]

It is permitted to migrate to non-Muslim lands on two key conditions:

  • one is able to practice one’s religion; and
  • one is committed and resolve to ensure one’s children will learn and practice their religion.

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And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.