Islam/migration to a nonmuslim land
i graduated from medical college last year in Pakistan. after completing my internship i intend to go to USA for higher speality training programme which extends over the course of 5 to 8 years. but i am unsure about ruling of islam regarding my migration to a non muslim land. keeping in view the facts that culture and society of my home country pakistan are far from islamic. but nonetheless its a muslim country where we hear adhan 5 times a day with easy access to mosques. if i pursue my training in pakistan clearly i would be able to practice islam with ease. i would not say that i am a pious religious man. i have my flaws but i always try to be a devout servant of Allah. i want to go to usa for sake of far better speciality training, a far better income and a prstigious degree which is accepted anywhere in the world for job oppurtunities. but extensive training schedule of medical residency very often does not allow medical residents to pray on time let alone praying in masjid which most probably would be out of question. it gets much more difficult to observe fasts of Ramadhan as compared to pakistan. i cannot get this guarrantee that non muslim society in US hospitals would be accomodating to my religious practices. moreover many different kinds of evils prevail in their society, i dont know how easy or difficult it is to protect oneself from them... pakistan is not completely devoid of such evils but still they are not practiced openly. keeping in view all these circumstances does islam allows me to go to USA?? i desperately want to go there to make my carreer and get a degree which improves the chances of a good quality life anywhere in the world. but i am scared that i may invoke wrath of Allah Almighty by doing so ,which will lead to my disaster. please guide me.
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim (In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
Its lovely to know that you have decided to migrate for the purpose of gaining extra knowledge which will help build your career and make you excel in life.
It will be a big achievement and surely you need to get it. There is no restriction from Allah. Allah explains in the Quran
[Hijr 15:19] And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable; and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance.
[Hijr 15:20] And We have provided therein means of subsistence,- for you and for those for whose sustenance you are not responsible.
[Quran 55:10] It is He Who has spread out the earth for (His) creatures.
Further I would like to inform you that there is hardly any problems in practicing your religion in any place on earth. Allah installs respect in communities. They will welcome you by heart and soul and will make provisions that you carry on your religious duty with full ease.
Please go and wish you all the best.
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( Note: I am not a mufti, if you are in doubt or want 100% accuracy please verify the above hadith with an authentic personality. However I have not altered any hadith and presented it as and how it was found. May Allah forgive our mistakes from time to time...ameen.)