Al-Fawzan on Those Who Claim Muslim Minorities Need Their Own Fiqh

During a question and answer session following his lecture on the importance of understanding the duties, responsibilities and manners of those who give verdicts (the muftī) and those who seek verdicts (the mustaftī), Shaykh Ṣāliḥ b. Fawzān Al-Fawzān – Allāh preserve and protect him – was asked:

May Allāh reward you, in recent years another thing that has appeared is what is called the fiqh of [Muslim] minorities, [those who call for this] say: the verdicts given here in the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) for example, or in any other Islamic country should not be applied to the Muslims who live in Europe; they have their own fiqh which is particular to them.

He replied:

Muslims in every place, here and there, are to refer back to the Qurān and Sunnah, and to the people of knowledge, it is not a matter of minorities having their own fiqh and aḥkām (rules and regulations) and other Muslims having their own. No, rather the rules and regulations are one and the same, and the point of reference is the same: the Qurān and Sunnah. The Muslims are not to be divided into minorities that have their own fiqh and other Muslims who have their own different fiqh. Who says this? None but the ignorant say this (emphasis by translator).

Al-Fawzān, Ṣāliḥ b. Fawzān. Manners of the Muftī and Mustaftī. Official Website of His Emminence Shaykh Dr Ṣāliḥ b. Fawzān Al-Fawzān. [Web] Accessed 21-10-2014.