Question and Answer:
Q. Do we in South Africa have to obey the traffic laws of the country? Is it permissible to drive over the speed limit?
(There may be grammatical and spelling errors in the above question. Questions are published as received)
A. Muslims living in a non-Muslim country are duty-bound to obey the laws of the country as long as they are not contrary to the Shari’ah.
The Fuqaha (Jurists) have stated that public amenities, for example roads, parks etc should be used without causing harm to others. (al-Mausu’atul Fiqhiyyah al-Kuwaitiyyah, Vol: 28, Pg: 353)
Since speeding over the limit is a potential danger to the lives of others, it will not be permissible to violate the speed limit that has been regulated by the government without a valid reason. Muslims are advised to ensure that they obey traffic rules at all times.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians