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8220: Missionary Groups Adopting Muslim Orphans


What is the Islamic ruling Islam on missionary groups adopting Muslim orphans? Can you give us evidence (daleel) concerning that?

Published Date: 2000-11-21

Praise be to Allaah. 

It is not permissible to hand over Muslim orphans to the non-Muslims, Christians or others, because of the great danger that this poses to the orphans, and because they will not be given an Islamic upbringing. They (orphans) are a trust (amaanah) for which the Muslims are responsible, so it is not permissible to place them under the guardianship of anyone else. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“The believers, men and women, are Awliyaa’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another” [al-Tawbah 9:71]

 “And those who disbelieve are allies of one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so [i.e. become allies, as one united block under one Khaleefah (a chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world) to make victorious Allaah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism], there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism) and oppression on the earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism).” [al-Anfaal 8:73]  

Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ibn Baaz, vol. 8, p. 431
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