Moving from one land of disbelief to another land of disbelief where there is less tribulation – – By Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-‘Adanee

Question 17: Moving from one land of disbelief to another land of disbelief where there is less tribulation

“Some of the Salafees travel from one land of disbelief to another land of disbelief with the argument that the Salafee da’wah there is stronger, like those who go from France to Britian, and they don’t make hijrah to an Islaamic land. So is this practice permissible according to the legislation, and what is your advice to these people?”

The Answer (by Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-‘Adanee) :

If these people who do that are able to make hijrah to the land of Islaam then this act of theirs does them no benefit and this doesn’t remove them from the disobedient act and the sin. As for, if they are not able to make hijrah to the land of Islaam and they are from the people who have excuses, those who were previously mentioned in the answer to the sixth question, then this act is alright and it is a good thing, and it has a basis in the Sunnah as some of the Muslims made hijrah from Makkah by the order of the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) to the lands of Al-Habasha. So in this act of theirs, moving from a land of shirk to a land of shirk that has less evil and less danger on the Muslim, it is said: “With evil there is a choice”

(and as the poet said):
Have mercy, for some evil is lesser than others

This is if in reality the land of Britian has less evil and less danger on the Muslim than France, otherwise, this act of theirs is just a burden on one’s self by crossing long distances and the burden of moving, and Allaah is the one whose help is sought. This, as you have heard, is if they are not able to make hijrah to the lands of Islaam.

SourceQuestions and answers concerning al-Hijrah – By Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-‘Adanee

Related Link: Hijrah (Migration to Muslim Lands) – abdurrahman.org/hijrah