Saudi Cleric gives advice to Muslims on taking citizenships

Saudi cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Habda , Muslims, Western countries, citizenship, tourism

New York, May 4, 2016: Saudi cleric and a senior Islamic scholar Sheikh Muhammad Al-Habda has some serious advice for the Muslim community.

The video was posted on the Internet by Ahwaz TV on April 6.

A clip posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) shows the senior Saudi cleric who is also a member of the Muslim Scholars Association being questioned in an Ahwaz TV fatwa show whether a Muslim is allowed to accept the citizenship of an infidel country, “like an American or European citizenship.”

To this the Saudi cleric Sheikh Al-Habdan replied that this was haram until and unless there is real necessity, “like in cases of life and death.”

In the same breath the Saudi cleric added that the same held true for visiting infidel countries.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Habda also stressed that visiting the infidel nations is allowed only when necessary – for trade or medical treatment, for example – but not for mere tourism.

The senior Saudi Cleric said that as soon as the necessity ends, the Muslim faithful must return to his nation or go to any other Muslim country. 

Several Muslims from Islamic countries have taken up citizenship of non-Muslim countries or they go there for leisure.

Adnan Sami, a Pakistani singer, recently was awarded citizenship of India.

Earlier Saudi therapist Khaled Al-Saqaby, who enjoys close relations with first family, had also given advice on beating one’s wife and had said that it should be intended as a means of discipline, rather than to vent one’s anger.

He had also said that the wife-beating should be carried out not with a rod or a sharp object, but with a tooth-cleaning twig or a handkerchief.

To watch the full clip of Saudi cleric giving advice to Muslim faithful with regards to citizenship and tourism in non-Muslim nations click here.