Raising Children in Non-Muslim Countries

Indeed, raising a Muslim child is a great responsibility that requires a lot of time, effort, and prayer (du’a). It also requires one to understand the great differences between raising a good child and raising a good Muslim child who understands and practices Islam.

Shedding more light on this, Dr. Hatem Al-Haj, professor of fiqh, said:

“Your concern for the religious commitment of your offspring and descendants is admirable and commendable.
We should do our best in raising our kids and we should engrave in their minds and hearts that the religion of Islam comes first, and whenever they feel unable to practice it freely, they should leave from that land to another where they are able to do so.
We should not cut off ties with the original lands of Islam. This also applies to the converts and natives of non-Muslim lands as I know many of them who adopt a particular Muslim country where they feel most comfortable, and visit it with their families for long periods of time.
It is permissible to live in a non-Muslim land for one who can practice his religion and raise his kids to do the same.”