Does Islam support Muslims, in a secular country, to go against their government if the government does not allow Muslim refugees (Not for religion reason but for some bureaucratic reasons)?

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    Islam doesn't support a secular kind of state.
    – Medi1Saif
    Sep 28, 2017 at 16:24
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    Is the question about “war” (which might involve killing people) or simply “going against” (which might involve protesting)? Mar 7, 2018 at 18:56
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    @Medi1Saif: Nevertheless muslims do live in secular societies. Mar 8, 2018 at 1:05

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On the authority of Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” (Hadith 34).

As a citizen of a democratic secular state there are allowed avenues of protest - voting out a government, writing to senators, MPs, charities or NGOs, or going on rallies, public meetings and marches - so these are protests of the 'tongue'; citizens who feel more strongly can engage in civil disobedience, and these are generally outside of the law and hence judged by the courts - so these are protests of the 'hand'.

Take for example the history of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests as a very recent example where one can say all three possibilities were explored: by hand, by tongue & by heart.

  • Out of context Hadith. Protests and rebellion is a forbidden act in Islam. Muslims have to accept the decree of the ruler of the nation. He can advise the ruler/Minister in private if he has communication channels. Just because a country allows you to protest and vote, these acts don't become halal for a Muslim.
    – Riyaz
    Jun 5, 2022 at 10:01
  • @Riyaz: You are being ridiculous. Protests and rebellion is enjoined upon in the Qu'ran as one should "raise one's hand" against "opression". What you are referring to is a theory of kingship in Islam that you seem to know very little about other than the simplest and grossest of cliches. Jun 22, 2022 at 15:52

Absolutely Not, they can influence the policymaker or authority by writing, peaceful demonstration and be participating in election etc. Muslims are also not allowed to go against a Muslim state or just rulers


I'm not sure how you define "war" on your question. But there a sahih hadith told by Tirmidzi, that moslem can criticize the despotic, tyrant or zalim goverment in a country.

إِنَّ مِنْ أَعْظَمِ الْجِهَادِ كَلِمَةُ عَدْلٍ عِنْدَ سُلْطَانٍ جَائِر

This hadith has a shaih (hasan) grade. You can look it up from https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/33/17

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