Induction in the thoughts of late Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Al-Shirazi
This part would focus on Muslims residing in the west to abstain from all matters and notions prohibited by the religious, constitutional and civil laws and rules. One of the first pillars of Islam is the notion of submission to Allah and his messenger, and this notion itself is a mean of trial for Muslims to determine whether, they are truly followers of Mohammad or not. The Holy Quran states in chapter 59, and verse 7: and whatever the messenger has given you, take; and what has he forbidden you, refrain from, and fear Allah. Therefore, the issue of abidance and following the rules is a matter of devotion and piety, which shows the extent that a Muslim is prepared to submit to his creator and his orders.
Abiding by the Constitution:
Imam Al-Shirazi and majority of Shi’a scholars use a verse in the Quran that says: “O’ you who have believed, fulfill all contracts”, as a jurisprudential base to extract a ruling that obligates all Muslims in the west to abide by the laws of their residing country. Therefore, it is the obligation and responsibility of all Muslims in the west to abide by the laws and the constitutions, of the countries, which they reside in. Imam Al-Shirazi uses this small verse in the Quran to write several volumes of books to generate ruling and fatwas for the Muslims, and suggests that even violating a simple traffic act is considered prohibited in the religion of Islam.
Muslims in the west shall consider the security and stability of their countries as the security and stability of their own and protect their countries against any type of danger. Muslims shall not carry any type of action, which might jeopardize the stability of the country they reside in. Muslims shall not violate any of the laws of the country they reside in. When a Muslim enters a western country and seeks asylum or refugee there, he/she has automatically agreed to abide by all laws and regulations of that country, and according to the Quran, this notion is considered as a contract, and a Muslim shall always honor his contract.
Therefore, in addition to being a law abiding citizen, a Muslim who does not violate the laws of his/her country, is actually abiding by his religion and is a true follower of Prophet Mohammad. In addition, pursuing such an image will result in introducing Islam and Muslims as modern and civilized citizens of any society, regardless of faith and ethnicity.
Abiding by the Religion:
It shall be obvious that a Muslim, who abides by the laws of his/her country, would implicitly abide the laws and rules of his/her religion and considers them as a constitution that governs his/her life. Therefore, a Muslim must give a clear indication to the surrounding about his/her faith in an attempt to gain recognition and respect and not deterrence.
The religious duties of a Muslim in the west shall include:
- Always looking for Halal food, and abstaining from eating anything that might be prohibited for a Muslims individual.
- Abstaining from prohibited sexual relationships.
- Abstaining from any type of unlawful interaction with females who are not direct relatives and family members.
- Maintain modest and solemn uniform, attitude and conduct at all times.
- Abstain from use of Alcohol, narcotics and harming drugs.
These are the random and usual duties of an ordinary Muslim anywhere in the world, and abiding by these rules would help a Muslim advance on all levels of life, whether personal, social, and academic or even employment. Humans tend to respect anyone who respects his values and traditions and it is believed that anyone who respects his/her faith and traditions and abide by them, is less likely to harm and bothers them.