On Assimilating into Western Society

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

To what degree should we be assimilated into Western society?

We can be assimilated as long as everything we do is condoned by the Sacred Law and as long as that assimilation brings benefit to Allah’s slaves.1 One of the blessings of Allāh is His saying: Allāh has made faith beloved to you and has made it beautiful in your hearts; and He has made disbelief, corruption and disobedience hateful to you; such are those who are rightly guided – a grace and favour from Allāh, and Allāh is All-Knowing, Wise.2


1 Whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim.

2Al-Hujurāt, 49:7-8.