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American Muslim Group Warns Muslims Against Working in Law Enforcement

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) cautioned American Muslims in a 22-page Arabic-language paper
in 2008 against working in law enforcement in countries which do not
rule by Allah's dictates. One of their main concerns was that such work
might cause Muslims to gain love and respect for secular laws:

...there are many evils which result from working in law enforcement,
the greatest of which is compelling people to obey rulings which do not
come from Allah. It could also cause reverence and love for these
rulings to enter the heart of the police officer, and perhaps spread to
the hearts of his family members and other Muslims who see him at the
mosque or even Muslims in general. They could lose conviction of governance by Allah, and become pleased with a legal system that does not come from Allah. (italics added)
AMJA provided some allowances for Muslims to work in certain law
enforcement professions, fearing that a lack of Muslim representation in
this sector could bring negative effects for the Muslim community. They
also reasoned that Muslims working as police officers might be able to
use their positions to help the Muslim community, such as helping out
with traffic near their mosques and protecting their mosques. Still,
there was concern that some of these might be required to enforce laws
contrary to the shari'a, such as "arrest[ing] a Muslim man whose wife
said he 'raped' her."

The AMJA paper specifically forbade Muslims from working for the FBI or
in national security positions, due to their alleged arbitrary targeting
of certain Muslims for "their political beliefs, charity work, or some
of their convictions under the shari'a"--an apparent reference to
counterterrorism investigations against Muslim suspects.

The paper also made clear that Muslims are to seek justice not in
secular courts, but in Islamic courts which are compliant with their
shari'a: "It is not permissible to pursue justice in the man-made (i.e.
non-Islamic) judiciary, except where there is an absence of a
shari'a-compliant substitute capable of restoring one's rights and
working out one's grievances" (see my translation of another AMJA paper
on working in the judiciary here).

Throughout the paper it is made clear that the duty of Muslims is not to
uphold and respect the laws of the land in which they reside, but
rather to do everything in their power to make the laws of Allah--the

[Muslims are] to seek through legal means which exist in the countries
in which they reside to make it possible for themselves to seek legal
recourse in their shar'ia, and (not only) for personal affairs.
The duty to make Islam supreme comes above all, even preserving one's life:

We must remember that preserving the religion comes before preserving
one’s self, mind, wealth, honor, or offspring. [...] But if saving [the
individual's] life destroys Islam, then saving Islam comes first, even
if it means the individual is destroyed. This is the case with jihad
against the infidels, and the killing of apostates, and so forth.
It is worth stressing once again that AMJA--whose stated purpose is to
"clarify the rulings of the sharia which are relevant for those who live
in America"--is a mainstream American Muslim organization. Their
membership list contains a large number of highly-influential American
imams and Muslim leaders, including Muhammad al-Majid of the Adam Center
in Virginia; Hussein Hamed Hassan, director of the financial
consultancy firm which advises Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and other
large American banking institutions; Zulfiqar Ali Shah, former
president of Islamic Circle of North America and current executive
director of the Fiqh Council of North America; and the author of this
paper, Dr. Hatem al-Haj, MD, PhD, a fellow at the American Academy of
Pediatrics, and founder and president of "Building Blocks of Islam."

Added: Apr-13-2012 Occurred On: Apr-13-2012
By: Zurm
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