Matters Which Nullify Ones Islaam
Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz
All praise is due to Allaah alone; may He exalt the mention of Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions.
Dear Muslim! Know that Allaah obligated all His slaves to enter Islaam completely by adhering firmly to its legislation
and to shun anything that contradicts it. Allaah sent Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam to call people to Islaam
and propagate this mission. He informed us that whoever follows Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam will be
guided, and whoever shuns his call will stray and be misguided.
In many verses of the Quran, Allaah warns us against things that lead to apostasy, as well as all types of Shirk
(associating partners with Allaah in worship) and Kufr (disbelief). In the chapters of apostasy which are found in the
books of Islamic creed, the scholars have mentioned many matters which nullify a persons’ Islaam and render one an
apostate; the most dangerous and common of which are ten, which are mentioned below and which have brief
explanations so that people may be aware of these matters and avoid them.
Shirk in worship: Allaah says what means: “
Verily, Allaah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in worship)
with Him, but He forgives whom He wills, sins other than that
,” (An-Nisaa’: 116) and also “Verily, whosoever sets
up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Fire will be his abode.
And for the wrongdoers there are no helpers
” (Al-Maa’idah: 72). These are matters such as calling upon the dead,
seeking their support and slaughtering animals for them or in their name, such as those who slaughter for Jinn or at
Making intermediaries between a person and Allaah, whom people ask to intercede on their behalf with Allaah. This
includes supplicating to such 'intermediaries' and putting ones trust in them. Whoever does any of these has become a
disbeliever by the consensus of the Muslim scholars.
Not considering those who associate partners with Allaah in worship as disbelievers, doubting their disbelief, or
considering their faith as correct.
Believing that there is guidance which is better or more suitable than the guidance with which the Prophet sallallaahu
'alayhi wa sallam came with; or believing that any other legislation is superior to his, such as those who favour manmade
legislation over Islamic legislation and use these manmade legislations to rule with. This also includes believing
that man-made legislation is better than Islaam, or that they are equivalent, or that one may use them as a basis for
ruling, or that Islamic legislation is not suitable for the twenty-first century, or believing that Islamic legislation is the
reason behind the weakness and backwardness of the Muslims or limiting Islamic legislation to only govern the
relationship between the slave and his Lord and not his other worldly affairs. Moreover, this category includes those
who consider that some Islamic penal-laws are unsuitable for our time, such as cutting the hands of thieves or stoning
adulterers. Likewise, believing that one can refer to man-made legislation for commercial or business transactions
renders one a disbeliever, because such a person by conviction deems lawful what Allaah has ruled as unlawful. An
example of this is those people who set rules for those who consume intoxicants or commit fornication or adultery.
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