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Muslims Living in Non-Muslim Lands: Contesting Muhammad Saeed Al-Qahtani’s Argument on Hijrah – Al Wala wa Al Bara Nexus
Mr Muhammad Saiful Alam Shah Bin Sudiman Associate Research Fellow
Mr Muhammad Saiful Alam Shah Bin Sudiman
Dr Mohamed Bin Ali Assistant Professor
Dr Mohamed Bin Ali
This paper examines Muhammad Saeed Al-Qahtani’s argument on the nexus between the Islamic concept of Hijrah and the Salafi concept of Al-Walā’ wal Barā’ (WB). Al-Qahtani asserts that Muslims’ faith is compromised if they choose to live in a non-Muslim land, accept the rule of non-Muslims and live under any rule other than the Sharīʿah (Islamic law). Accordingly, this violates the creed of WB. This essay is an attempt to offer a different perspective that is cemented to the opinions of traditional and contemporary Muslim jurists. The paper will begin with a brief introduction of Al-Qahtani and his work, followed by his argument on hijrah. It will then discuss the obligation of hijrah from Islamic perspective and the context of dār al-Islām and dār al-harb (abode of Islam and abode of war) as counter arguments to the claims made by Al-Qahtani.