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Mocking The Religion by Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan

October 15, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
Whoever mocks anything from the Religion of the Messenger (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) or Allaah’s reward or punishment has disbelieved.

The sixth kind of apostasy is mockery of what Allaah sent down or of anything that the Messenger (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) came with, even things from the Sunan or recommended things like as-siwaak, trimming the mustache, removing the armpit hair, or trimming the nails. If a person makes mockery of any of these things he becomes a disbeliever. The evidence for this is found in the Statement of Allaah the Most High:

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ ۚ قُلْ أَبِاللَّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِئُونَ لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ

If you ask them (about this), they declare: “We were only talking idly and joking.” Say: “Was it at Allâh (عز وجل), and His Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations) and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that you were mocking?” Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed. (Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 65-66 and a translation of its meaning)

“So, this is a proof that whoever reviles Allaah or His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) or His Book or anything from the Qur`an or anything from the Sunnah of the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that he apostates from Islaam even if he was joking.

And where are those who say: Indeed, he does not apostate except if he intended it from his heart, for if he did revile Allaah and the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) or the Qur`an, we do not rule upon him (apostasy) [except] if he believed it. We do not rule upon them (apostasy) with mere speech or pronunciation or action.?

Where are they getting this speech and restrictions from? Allaah ruled upon them apostasy, [even though] they were saying:

We were only talking idly and joking (at-Tawbah, ayah 65)

And they were believers in Allaah and His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) – Muwahhidoon (people who single out Allaah) – but however, when they said that statement, Allaah Jalla wa ‘Aala said:

You have disbelieved after you had believed (at-Tawbah, ayah 66) and did not say “If you believed this.”

We ask Allaah for Al-‘Aafiyah. It is compulsory that (we let) matters fall into their places and that we do not interfere in them with increasing and decreasing or restrictions from our own-selves. Allaah did not ask about their belief, He didn’t mention that they believe (in it), rather He judged upon them with apostasy after faith.

You have Disbelieved after you had Believed (at-Tawbah, ayah 66)

He (Allaah) decided this upon speech, and He classed this as Mockery and He did not restrict it with these restrictions (mentioned above). If man speaks a word of disbelief and he is not compelled (to say it), then it is ruled upon him apostasy. But if he was compelled, then he has not apostated.

Source: Nawaqidhul Islaam (Things that Nullify One’s Islaam) regarding mocking the religion, pages 43 to 48

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