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Taking an oath to get citizenship of a country

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Answered by: Maulana Tahsin Alam​


If a Muslim intends to get citizenship of the non-Muslim country and says in oath “I swear to respect the constitution and laws of this country, be devoted to other citizens” will it be kufr?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful 


It is not kufr, nor will he be a murtadd. He should bear in mind to respect and obey all laws of the country which are Sharīʿah compliant, as for those that are not compatible, he should seek alternative legal avenues under ‘freedom of religion.’

Only Allah SWT alone knows best

Written by Maulana Tahsin Alam

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

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