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Can I Work as a Police Officer in a Country Like Canada?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

Can I work as a police officer in a country like Canada?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

It is permissible to work as a police officer. In fact, the role of a police officer incorporates a number of praiseworthy and rewarding aspects, which include assisting people, maintaining societal order, preventing wrongdoing, and so forth.

Each of the bove acts have been praised by God and the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him), such as in the Quranic verse, “Assist one another in good deeds and righteousness” (4:2) and the prophetic statement regarding helping both the oppressed and oppressor.

Thus, whosoever takes on the work of a police officer with the intention of fulfilling these religious commands will be rewarded.

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

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#‎Blacklivesmatter Because Our Lord Demands It – Ustadh Salman Younas

‪#‎Blacklivesmatter‬ because our Lord has “ennobled all the children of Adam” (17:70) and commanded us to “stand firmly for justice.” (4:135), writes Ustadh Salman Younas.

‪#‎Blacklivesmatter to me not because it is politically prudent for Muslims to side with African-Americans.
They matter to me not because it’s viewed by some as the new countercultural trend that people should hop on.
They matter to me not because it is a convenient and beneficial alliance for my community.
They matter to me not because of a mere desire to be integrated into mainstream society and its indigenous people.
Why do they matter to me? Because my Lord has “ennobled all the children of Adam” (17:70) and commanded me to “stand firmly for justice.” (4:135)
They matter to me because my Prophet (God bless him) said that when his followers become “afraid to say to the oppressor that you are an oppressor, they will be abandoned by God.” [Ahmad, Musnad with a rigorously authentic chain]
They matter to me because my Prophet (God bless him) spent his entire life serving the weak, underprivileged, and those treated unjustly. His justice and mercy extended to all regardless of their religion or color. His teachings condemned racism as he stressed that virtue lay in doing good and being pious, not through possessing “white skin over black skin.” [Ahmad, Musnad with a sound chain].
They matter to me because oppression, killing, racial injustice and the systematic abuse of a people is a heinous crime in my religion. I dread the day I have to stand in front of my Lord and in front of my Prophet having witnessed police brutality against a black father, the shooting death of an innocent black teenager, the mass and oppressive incarceration of an entire black generation, the racial inequality experienced daily by the black community, and say I did nothing to fight this plague that occurred every day in front of my eyes.

These lives must matter to Muslims because our Lord demands they do, our Prophet (God bless him) demands they do, and our religion demands they do. This is what being a Muslim is about. We will continue to strive for justice and to rid this world of all forms of oppression through whatever noble means we can.

We ask everyone to support such movements in keeping with the directives of God to “cooperate with one another in righteousness” (5:2) and the directive of our beloved Prophet (God bless him) who advised us to “make such alliances in order to return rights to their people, that no oppressor should have power over the oppressed.” [Musnad al-Humaydi]
We ask God to give us the strength and courage to stand up against all forms of injustice in the way our Prophet Muhammad (God bless him) did. May His blessings descend upon us and all those suffering throughout the world.
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Can I Delay Prayers During Emergency Situations?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Is it permissible for one to become a fireman or a paramedic? I would like to pursue one of these careers but what concerns me is not being able to pray on-time due to emergency situations. Is there a ruling that deals with this?

Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

These are very noble professions, as one is assisting people in distress.

Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)  said, “A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. He should not wrong him nor let them down. Allah will take care of the needs of anyone who takes care of the needs of his brother. On the Day of Rising Allah will dispel the anxiety of anyone who dispels the anxiety of another Muslim. On the Day of Rising Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim.” [Agreed upon] In such hadiths, “Muslim” is used incidentally–the scholars mention that they apply to assisting both Muslims and non-Muslims.

As for praying on time, in genuine emergencies–such as when one is saving another’s life or limb–one could delay the prayer, though one should take reasonable means to strive to pray on time.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani