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*FOLLOW THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY.*

The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam was a man of principle. He never betrayed anyone during his life. He was a citizen of Makkah, living respectfully, earning halaal and keeping social ties with his people such that they called him ‘’The trustworthy’’, ‘’The truthful’’. This brought barakah in his calling of people on the mount of Safa. Almost everyone was present there to listen to the first public call of Islam.When you live with discipline then there will be barkahs in your invitation towards Islam.Today, we are living in a world as a village. We are made close by social media and transport facilities. And yet, muslims are either in majority muslims countries or minority muslim countries. Muslim countries like Saudia Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, etc have their respective muslim governments and define laws as per Islamic principles in general.We have muslims emigrated around the globe and find themselves in non muslim government rules. There are different applications in both environment. One should not copy paste from fatwas/rulings or implementations that have been pronounced in muslim countries.For example, to establish Jum`ah, the muslims in a muslim country need the government`s approval. But in non muslim countries, we need not the government`s approval for establishing Jum`ahs.For a muslim, the law of Qur-aan and sunnah is the highest decree. And the shariah instruct the muslim to follow the man made laws as far as it does not violate shariah laws. Should it be such, then ulamas may sit together and see solution for the issue.Today, Insha Allah, I will talk how much Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam himself stressed upon discipline in living in this world.First of all, know that there was slavery before the coming of Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam. Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam disliked the concept of slavery. But in no way did he rebel against the slavery system. He counselled his followers that freeing slaves means for them freeing themselves from hell fire. One of the few last words that he said was to care of salaah and also to take care of rights of slaves-Abu Dawood. But in no case did he said that slavery is baseless. Because the prevailing law order legislates slavery. Later on, it is a fact in history that muslims have freed more slaves than any nation around the globe.The exploitation and crime that the Europeans and Americans did towards the African nations is shameful and condemnable. The ideology of exploitation has not left them yet. They still exploit the natural resources of Africans by using military tactics and creating artificial rebels paid by them to control the local government. Should you not abandon your exploitation motives, then may the army of Allah-the virus- take revenge of your injustices. Until today, in Portugal, they have bones of humans(most probably muslims) that has been used to build chapels. Visit the ‘’chapel of bones’’ on you tube. Human bones used to be pillars and inside features ! Shame. Only animals can treat human bones like that. Instead of proceeding to the burial ritual of those human bones and head, they still proudly welcome visitors to the chapel. All injustices that the west is actually doing are recorded by God and will be punished either in this world or in the here-after. The second example to follow the local government law when it does not contravene the shariah law is that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam himself abide to the government of Qureish who were non muslims in Makkah.

روى ابن سعد عن عثمان بن طلحة قال: لقيني رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بمكة قبل الهجرة فدعاني الى الاسلام، فقلت: يا محمد، العجب لك حيث تطمع أن اتبعك، وقد خالفت دين قومك، وجئت بدين محدث وكنا نفتح الكعبة في الجاهلية يوم الاثنين والخميس فأقبل يوما يريد الكعبة أن يدخلها مع الناس، فغلظت عليه، ونلت منه وحلم عني، ثم قال: (يا عثمان، لعلك سترى هذا المفتاح بيدي، أضعه حيث شئت)، فقلت: لقد هلكت قريش، وذلت، فقال: (بل عمرت يومئذ وعزت).فدخل الكعبة، فوقعت كلمته مني موقعا

 Reported in Ibn Sa`d that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam wished to read salaah in the Ka`bah. But Uthman bin Talhah not yet muslim stopped Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam. Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam accepted reluctantly this decree and did not rebelliously entered the Ka`bah. The beloved prophet Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam signed a peace treaty with Makkans polytheists. Sometimes, he would reluctantly swallow the sufferings of his muslims companions, but he would not break the treaty clauses.The clear example is the happenings around Abu Jandal r.a.He embraced Islam and he was being persecuted by his own family. But because of the treaty signed between muslims and non muslims, the beloved prophet SAW could not help him. Because helping him would mean breaking the peace treaty prevailing and would hence jeopardize the whole muslim community.Another example is of Abu Baseer r.a. When called, he was sent by the prophet Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam to return to his persecutors. On the way back, he happened to kill them. He came looking for asylum but the beloved prophet SAW exclaimed to Abu Baseer r.a.: ‘‘What have you done? You are an igniter of war!’’(Bukhari)صحيح البخاري – (9 / 256)ثم رجع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى المدينة فجاءه أبو بصير رجل من قريش وهو مسلم فأرسلوا في طلبه رجلين فقالوا العهد الذي جعلت لنا فدفعه إلى الرجلين فخرجا به حتى بلغا ذا الحليفة فنزلوا يأكلون من تمر لهم فقال أبو بصير لأحد الرجلين والله إني لأرى سيفك هذا يا فلان جيدا فاستله الآخر فقال أجل والله إنه لجيد لقد جربت به ثم جربت فقال أبو بصير أرني أنظر إليه فأمكنه منه فضربه حتى برد وفر الآخر حتى أتى المدينة فدخل المسجد يعدو فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم حين رآه لقد رأى هذا ذعرا فلما انتهى إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال قتل والله صاحبي وإني لمقتول فجاء أبو بصير فقال يا نبي الله قد والله أوفى الله ذمتك قد رددتني إليهم ثم أنجاني الله منهم قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ويل أمه مسعر حرب لو كان له أحد فلما سمع ذلك عرف أنه سيرده إليهم فخرج حتى أتى سيف البحر The beloved prophet SAW refused his asylum and he was bound to leave Madinah Munawarah. So this is clear message to us muslims today, living in the world village. We cannot act deliberately to rebel against the law of the country. Because this will cause havoc to the existing local community.Other examples of following the established protocol is that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam once asked for the key of the Ka`bah for hazrat Aisha r.a. to read salaah at night. But Hazrat Uthman r.a. said that normally they don`t open at night. Then Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam accepted and told Hazrat Aisha r.a. to read salaah in the Hateem because it is part of Ka`bah. Established protocols are to be followed.Living in non muslim countries, we should try to follow Islam peacefully. We should at the utmost practice Islam fully. If there are laws against shariah, then the muslim community should peacefully try to get concession from the government. If refused, then the ulamas should suggest the alternatives. Of course, ulamas will not accept Kufr or to leave out jum`ah salaah completely, etc. Ulamas know the limits of tolerance.We all have signed the treaty of citizenship in the country that we are living. Hence we are bound to follow this established protocol. If you are living in a non muslim country and the government applied lock down/curfew, then do respect the health curfew and pray at home. Because Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam told the people to pray at home when there was rain storm and also if someone has bad odour of garlic that will cause harm to others.The health prescriptions want us to stay at home so as to prevent harm of the virus to the society. So follow the health advice of your country and show that muslims are honest obedient and disciplined citizens.  
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