Is it permissible for a Muslim to live in a non-Muslim country?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

It is permissible for a Muslim to go to a non-Muslim country and live there on the condition that he fulfills his Islamic responsibilities and keeps away from the customs and habits of non-Muslims.

If he can practice comfortably the Islamic customs and traditions, fulfill his deeds of worship and obligations easily, set an example to the people around him, it means he shows them the beauty of Islam. In that case, it is permissible for him to stay where he is and continue his exemplary life.

When Imam Ramli was asked whether Muslims living under the Christian administration in Aragon, Spain should migrate, he replied as follows:

“It is not permissible for them to migrate if they fully perform their worship because they may cause others to embrace Islam there.”

It is understood that a Muslim needs to show the beauties of Islam in the non-Muslim country where he lives by practicing and leading an exemplary life.

As it is known, before the conquest of Istanbul, a Muslim quarter was established near Hagia Sophia; the Muslims leading an exemplary Islamic life there played an important role in the surrender of Byzantium.

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