On Moving to a Muslim Country


Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) 

I have been offered a teaching post in an Islamic school in a Muslim country. I would also like to raise my children in an Islamic environment. What do you recommend?

You may do so, but you must hold firm to the beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah. Beliefs contrary to the beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah should not be imposed upon you in the school. At the same time, you should not enter into fruitless debates on issues of belief but rather you should present your beliefs with wisdom if there is a need to do so.

You must not think that just because it is a Muslim country that your children will receive a good upbringing by default. Rather, you must choose people that have sincerity, taqwa, fear of Allah and scrupulousness to be in the company of your children and to play a part in their development.