Working in a non-Muslim Police Force

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mahmoodiyah


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Is it allowed for a Muslim to work in a Police Department in a non-Muslim country?  Please answer with proofs.




The laws in a non Muslim country are usually in conflict with those of Islam. There are in fact, certain laws which are in direct conflict with the ordinates of Islam. The responsibility of the police is to enforce the law. Therefore it is not advisable for a Muslim to work as a policeman in a non Muslim country. If however he is assigned to such duties that do not conflict with the Shari’ah, it will be permissible for a Muslim to work as a policeman in a non Muslim country. If this police man can be an added assistance to the Muslim community and is in a position of keeping trouble away from the Muslims and intends all this then he will be rewarded as well. Insha Allah.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah



28 June 2007

12 Jumaaduth Thaani 1428

This answer was collected in 2012 from the website of Jameah Mahmoodiyah, South Africa. The original website no longer exists.

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