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Following the fair laws of one’s country

Fatwaa ID: 850

Besides laws that oppose the laws of shariah, is it fardh/ wajib for Muslims to abide by the laws of the country they reside in?
Would it be a sin / transgression to break the law for example when it comes to traffic law, speeding or running a red light

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

A Muslim is advised and encouraged to fulfill and uphold his promises and agreements. A resident or citizen of a country promises to be law abiding. Violating the laws of one’s country may result in trouble, punishment, penalty, imprisonment or other forms of humiliation. This does not behoove a Muslim. A Muslim is advised to maintain a good reputation and protect his honor and dignity. This is contrary to that. Furthermore, the laws are in place for the benefit of the people. If one causes any fatality or chaos because of violating the laws, then he may be sinful.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/23/1444 AH – 03/15/2023 CE | AML3-3267

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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