Practicing Law

By Mufti Muhammad Kadwa
Posted: 2 Rajab 1424, 30 August 2003

Q.) I am currently in the second year of my law degree and would be most grateful if you could clarify the following points, insha Allah.

1. Is it permissible to practice any other law (e. English Legal System) which is contrary to Shariah Law?

2. If it is not permissible, what is the position regarding doing legal work to help the Ummah e.g working for an organization like the Islamic Human Rights Commission (

3. Is campaigning for Muslims illegally imprisoned permissible? Does it go against our belief that Allah Most High is The Knower of all things therefore there is wisdom in all things that He does?

4. I have thought about teaching law. Would this be permissible? I would be most grateful if you could possibly suggest the best use I can make of my law degree to please Allah and help the Ummah. Also please take into account that I am female and would need some work which would permit observing the rules of hijab.

A.) 1. The practice of non-Shariah law (like the English legal system) is permissible in a secular country if the intention is to protect the legal rights of the clients. However, implementation of this non-Shariah law for purposes of usurping the rights of others or for non-Shariah purposes is prohibited.

2. As above.

3. No, it is not against our beliefs to campaign for our freedom or for the release of Muslim prisoners held illegally. We are commanded to strive and make an effort as this world is 'Daarul Asbaab' (the place where everything is subject to exterior means).

4. If you really wish to please Allah Ta'ala as you claim, there is no better place for a woman than the confines of her homes.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best