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By non-Islamic, I mean a country that is not ruled according to Shariah. Not necessarily non-Muslim-majority. For example, my country, Bangladesh, is a Muslim-majority country, but not a Islamic country.

And by rules, of course I mean those rules which do not contradict Shariah. I am sure if a rule contradict shariah, it cannot be obeyed by a Muslim.


I believe most countries have an age restriction for marriage. Bangladesh has 18 years for women and 21 years for men. Now, I have seen many people give their daughter to marriage before 18. Perhaps because it is encouraged by the Prophet (S).

Now, Is it farz for a Muslim to obey such a rule? Or it depends on situation and type of the rule.

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Here is a hadith which says that our Prophet (pbuh) said that we must obey the ruler of the country we reside in unless ofcourse the rule goes against islam:

the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “It is necessary upon a Muslim to listen to and obey the ruler, as long as one is not ordered to carry out a sin. If he is commanded to commit a sin, then there is no adherence and obedience.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 2796 & Sunan Tirmidhi)

Here is a fatwa about this issue, and here is a relevant extract from that fatwa:

The ruler who does not rule according to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger should be obeyed in matters that do not involve disobedience towards Allaah and His Messenger

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