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Police work in the west

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Assalam’aleykum,

I live in canada and have studied to be a police officer. However, recently I have been told this is kufr and haram.
Kufr For these reasons:
1)I have to take an oath to enforce these laws
2)there is a tiny cross on the arm patch imitating the Kufar (could I cover it)?
3)I am enforcing man made laws.
4)I may have to arrest muslims who commit crimes

Haram for these reasons
5)assist in sin, such as its legal to drink in Canada, however police can ticket those who are drunk in public, although they don’t ticket that often for this, unless they are causing problems, where the police do arrest them

Or provide security for parades such as the gay pride parade, I would not do this, I would ask them to post me somewhere else.

6)during a domestic problem I will have to talk to them to work it out however in extreme cases where the individual has been abused badly or they are afraid for their lives I may have to arrest the abuser until they figure something out personally or in the courts.

7)police departments are funded by taxes. The government collects taxes from its citizens to keep the country running and some of these taxes are used for public services such as police and firefighter or even road construction.

Also in Canada the government isn’t oppressive like France, we can practise our religion without issue. the police are very nice it’s not often that a officer shoots someone, like in the United States. They are trained to use words before anything else.

I am confused, is this an act of kufr, I have asked other sites but none have clarified my points. I was hoping you could clarify this for me.

For your reference this is the oath:
I solemnly swear (affirm) that I will be loyal to Her Majesty the Queen and to Canada, and that I will uphold the Constitution of Canada and that I will, to the best of my ability, preserve the peace, prevent offences and discharge my other duties as (insert name of office) faithfully, impartially and according to law.

So help me God. (Omit this line in an affirmation.)
or
I solemnly swear (affirm) that I will be loyal to Canada, and that I will uphold the Constitution of Canada and that I will, to the best of my ability, preserve the peace, prevent offences and discharge my other duties as (insert name of office) faithfully, impartially and according to law.

So help me God. (Omit this line in an affirmation.)

Also for reference these are the websites that have got me worried.
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/darussaafi.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/the-ruling-on-some-matters-the-police-or-the-army-face-shaikh-al-albani/amp/

http://theghurabah.blogspot.com/2015/03/joining-police-force-of-disbelievers.html?m=1

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/islamissunnah.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/can-i-join-police-force/amp/

I do not know if these are trustworthy sites.

Jazak Allahu Khairan

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

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And Allaah Ta’aala knows best

Wassalaam,

Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

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