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Can Secular Muslim Countries be Considered Muslim?

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Q: I just need to ask you about something and that is I have found out that most of the Muslim countries are secular muslim countries and its government are secular government. I just want to ask can we call those countries and its people muslim countries and are we as muslims allowed to make the countries into muslim countries and muslim state or khalifa and make the law into sharia law and are we allowed to over throw the government and make it into muslim government and make the law into Sharia law? I have found out that the people in those muslim secular countries and its secular government that they are muslim but do we call them muslim people and muslim countries or what do we do and what do we call them?


A: If they are respecting Islam and they break away from all types of kufr it will be known as Islamic countries.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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