The duty of a Muslim in Jahili societies


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Q 7: What is the duty of a faithful Muslim who lives in a Jahili (irreligious) society where no religious scholars or Islamic movements exist? He cannot compare between the existing religious groups to know which is adhering to the Qur’an and the Sunnah and which is not. So what is the role of a Muslim feeling such helplessness while living in a wolfish world?


A: A Muslim should learn from religious matters what enable him to have sure knowledge of the religion of Islam and invite others as well to goodness, as far as ability allows. It is not obligatory on a Muslim to seek what is beyond his capability of knowledge, based on the general evidences indicative of the easiness of Shari‘ah (Islamic law), including Allah’s Saying (which means): (Part No. 2; Page No. 244)  Allâh does not want to place you in difficulty Allah (Glorified be He) also says: So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can The duty of a Muslim is to cooperate with the nearest he can reach of knowledgeable people to do good. If he does not find any, it becomes obligatory for him to migrate to another country where he can cooperate with other Muslims to learn his religion and practice its rituals, if he has the means to do so.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.




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