Evils of residing in Lands of Kufr
As Shaykh Al Allamah Yahya Al Hajoori, Hafidahullah
1- Resembling them, for as it is said ‘Man Jaalas Jaanas’ (Whoever takes someone as a sitting companion he resembles him). And the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has said:
“And whoever resembles a people then he is one of them.”
And in the two Saheehs from the hadeeth of Abu Moosaa (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“The example of the righteous sitting companion and the evil sitting companion is like the carrier of misk and the one who blows the bellows…” to the end of the hadeeth.
And it has taken place from those who take the disbelievers as sitting companions that he has become someone who makes friendship with them, and our Lord says:
لَا تَجِدُ قَوْمًا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ يُوَادُّونَ مَنْ حَادَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَوْ كَانُوا آبَاءَهُمْ أَوْ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ أَوْ إِخْوَانَهُمْ أَوْ عَشِيرَتَهُمْ أُولَئِكَ كَتَبَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَأَيَّدَهُمْ بِرُوحٍ مِنْهُ وَيُدْخِلُهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ أُولَئِكَ حِزْبُ اللَّهِ أَلَا إِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
“You will not find a people who believe in Allaah and the Last day making friendship with those who oppose Allaah and His Messenger even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their tribe. Those ones, He has written faith in their hearts and has aided them with spirit (a proof, light, guidance, etc.) from Him. And He will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow abiding therein. Allaah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. Those are the party of Allaah. Indeed the party of Allaah they are the successful.” Al-Mujaadilah: 22
2- Residing amongst the disbelievers weakens the zeal of many people for the true religion of Allaah. That is because of the abundant spread of the evil deeds thus they become in his view as if they are something normal.
3- The disbelievers controlling the Muslims and forcing them to go to their laws of disbelief for judgment which is going to the taaghoot for judgment.
4- The disbelievers considering to have done the Muslims a favor for giving them refuge and extending the helping hand to the one who does not earn money while the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) has said:
“The upper hand (the one that gives) is better than the lower hand (the one that takes).”
And even if they capitalize from them through other means like taxes and the like, however, they gain certain matters. From (those matters) are degradation of the Muslim and the perception of having might and having done him a favor.
5- Increasing the masses of the disbelievers. And increasing the masses of the people of falsehood is prohibited. Because of this the Muslims used to make hijrah to Madeenah to increase the masses of the Muslims and support them.
6- The disbelievers taking advantage of the Muslims by employing them in jobs that are not legislated and taking away their religion from them even if it is gradually and likewise having their children go to waste. Many of the children of the Muslims in the west who have separated from their native lands have become Christians and they have fallen into the most repulsive of abominations as we have pointed out in our aforementioned treatise.
7- Taking away their Arabic language and their Islamic traits whereas the easiest of the Islamic sciences becomes difficult for one of them because they educate him using other than it as they assign the curriculum.
8- Some of the Muslims have died in the lands of the disbelievers and left behind babies whom their eyes only opened amongst the disbelievers so they became disbelievers as we have mentioned in the aforementioned treatise, and Allaah (سبحانه وتعالى) says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ
“O you who believe, protect yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is people and stones…” At-Tahreem: 6
And the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) says:
“Each one of you is a shepherd and each one of you is responsible for his flock.”
And he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) says:
“There is not a slave who Allaah makes responsible for a flock then he dies while being insincere towards his flock except that he does not enter paradise…” to the end of the hadeeth.
9- Oppression of the Muslims especially when wars occur between the Muslims and the disbelievers or when something that does not please them occurs from some Muslims. You see the disbelievers oppressing the Muslims and rejoicing over their mishaps and violating their honor.
And they send forward the Muslims to fight their Muslim brothers in the other lands as they did in the Iraq war and others so if something harmful occurs it occurs to the Muslims within themselves while the disbelievers give the orders.
10- The Muslims being affected there by material wealth and being extremely excited over the dunyaa (this life) and its cravings and being heedless of the hereafter except for he who Allaah has mercy on. And Allaah(سبحانه وتعالى) says:
قُلْ مَتَاعُ الدُّنْيَا قَلِيلٌ وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لِمَنِ اتَّقَى وَلَا تُظْلَمُونَ فَتِيلًا
“Say: the enjoyment of this life is little and the hereafter is better for he who fears Allaah. And you will not be dealt with unjustly at all (not even the equivalent of a small thread of the date pit.)” An-Nisaa: 77
And He (سبحانه وتعالى) says:
مَا عِنْدَكُمْ يَنْفَدُ وَمَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ بَاقٍ
“What is with you will perish and what is with Allaah remains.” An-Nahl: 96
And this act of being influenced is a result of intermingling with them, those who Allaah has said about them:
وَلَتَجِدَنَّهُمْ أَحْرَصَ النَّاسِ عَلَى حَيَاةٍ
“And surely you will find them the greediest of people for life…” Al-Baqarah: 96
And He (سبحانه وتعالى) said about them:
غُلَّتْ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَلُعِنُوا بِمَا قَالُوا
“Their hands are shackled (they are stingy) and they are cursed for what they say…” Al-Maa’idah: 64
And He (سبحانه وتعالى) said about them:
يَعْلَمُونَ ظَاهِرًا مِنَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ عَنِ الْآخِرَةِ هُمْ غَافِلُونَ
“They know what is apparent of the life of this world while they are heedless of the hereafter.” Ar-Room: 7
11- The person is in the state of life or death and if he dies amongst the
disbelievers he is in a dangerous situation as several hadeeths indicate
like the hadeeth that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“I am free from he who resides amongst the disbelievers.”
And it has supporting hadeeths with its meaning.
We briefly mentioned this because of the harms in residing amongst the disbelievers. We ask Allaah (سبحانه وتعالى) to rectify the Muslims’ affairs and to give them an understanding of their true religion for verily the Muslim when he understands Allaah’s religion he magnifies that which Allaah magnifies and he despises that which Allaah despises and when he is ignorant of Allaah’s religion the true state of affairs get altered on him according to his level of ignorance. And Allaah is the one whose help is sought.
Written by Abu ‘Abdir-Rahmaan Yahyaa ibn ‘Ali Al-Hajooree on the eighth of Safar 1427.
Taken from the book “Guiding the best of people to the obligation of making hijrah from the lands of the disbelievers” by Shaykh Abu Amr Al Hajoori. Shaykh Yahya has written the above matter in his Foreword to that book.
The book is available in English here :