Noting that Muslims who attend Saudi-funded mosques are advised not to become naturalized citizens of the U.S., Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald has uncovered another nugget of wisdom from South African Mufti Ebrahim Desai, the Answer Man who advocates offensive jihad against non-Muslim countries:
Wahhabi Muslims may be commanded not to become naturalized citizens, but to study in the Infidel lands only in order to acquire the tools with which to fight Infidels later.
There is also another approach, which is to become a “naturalized citizen” of the United States, or of other Infidel countries. Indeed, many Muslims wonder about whether taking an oath of allegiance to an Infidel nation-state is permissible. On Islamic websites various experts offer answers to this question. They do not differ in the slightest from the answer offered here by the Mufti (expert in law) Ebrahim Desai, of Capetown, South Africa.
Here is the question he was asked:
To become a citizen of US one has to take an oath of allegiance. is it ok to take the oath. The oath of allegiance is as follows: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
They also ask on the citizenship form the following questions: If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms on behalf of US? If the law requires it, are you willing to perform noncombatant service in the US Armed Forces? If the law requires it, are you willing to perform work of national importance under civilian direction? My question is can we answer yes to these questions? is there anything wrong in doing that. what should the answer be: yes or no? could you please kindly give an urgent answer. jazakallah.
And here is Mufti Ebrahim Desai’s response:
Answer 8471 2003-04-25
As Muslims, we are duty bound to follow our lives strictly according to Shari”ah. Whatever Shari”ah allows us to do, we will abide by that and whatever Shari”ah has restricted us from, we will refrain from it. Hence, we are not allowed to obey anybody if it is resulting in the disobedience of the Creator, Allah. Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “˜There is no obedience for the creation by disobeying the Creator.” (Mirqaat vol.7 pg217; Imdadiyyah).
Hence, keeping this in mind if one is forced to sign the above in order to become a citizen or the only way of attaining citizenship is by acknowledging the above, then one may sign it with the intention that Shari”ah and Deen will always be his yardstick and that he will never sacrifice any of the teachings of Deen.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
To sum up: Wahhabis are encouraged to go to the West, and conduct Da’wa where possible among Infidels, and also to exploit whatever they manage to learn later on, the better to fight the Infidels. But they should not become “naturalized citizens.”
Non-Wahhabis, on the other hand, may become “naturalized citizens” as long as they keep in mind that “if one is forced to sign the above [oath of allegiance] in order to become a citizen or the only way of attaining citizenship is by acknowledging the above [the oath of allegiance] then one may sign it with the intention [i.e. “mental reservation” or “kitman”] that Shariah and Deen [the religion]will always be his yardstick and that he will never sacrifice any of the teachings of Deen.”
And to think I was worried there for a minute.