A code of practice for Muslims in the west in accordance with the edicts of Ayatullah al-Udhma as-Sayyid Ali al-Husaini as-Seestani
“This book is the first attempt at writing Islamic laws for Muslims who have settled in non-Muslim countries. Muslims who were compelled to leave their countries, and the places where they grew up, and had to migrate to non-Muslim countries in which they now live under different laws and systems, dissimilar values and rules, and unfamiliar customs and habits. The modes of conduct and manners of the host societies are greatly at variance with what the guests were used to; there is a wide gulf between their own upbringing and the values of the host countries. Consequently, new problems have emerged and a number of questions arose that called for answers – answers that would clarify the ambiguous, enlighten the obscure, guide the astray and brighten the darkness.
From this came the need for writing a book that would deal with the various practical problems of immigrant Muslims, provide answers and present solutions for them.
It was on this basis that al-Fiqh lil Mughtaribin was written with a detailed introduction, followed by two parts with each part branching out into various chapters which contain new questions, issues that had not been charted before and problems that have not been discussed in most Manuals of Islamic Laws and other commonly used books of Islamic Jurisprudence. Hopefully these parts and chapters will act as a stimulus for further questions that the learned reader may raise; and I will be greatly pleased to receive those queries so that they may be included with their answers in future editions, inshaAllah.”