A south African Muslim son became Christian. Should his family cut of all ties with him? He assists his parents with cash and kind as they are not well to do. Can they accept this help? His father died. Can he attend the janazah? Can he pay towards all the burial expenses? He now comes home often to console his mother and fulfill any need she has as he can. Is this fine? The rest of the family are adamant that his mother and sister cut off all ties with him and stop him from coming home. Is this correct advise according to Shariah? He has two small children who are dearly loved by their grandmother. Can they visit? Is it correct to call them children of Satan?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 886/886/SD=01/1437)

It is very sad that the said Muslim became a Christian. According to the Shariah now the man has become an apostate. It is unlawful for his family members to continue any relation with him. His children should also be separated from him and his mother should not accept any money from him. Also his money should not be included towards his father’s burial expenses. Those family members are right who are asking his mother, sister to cut any relation with him. The ruling pertaining to apostasy is very severe in Islam. We quote here a question and its answer related to the same topic from Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband:

Question: A Muslim became Christian. What is the Shariah ruling about making him friend and hold him dear and meet him cheerfully and eat and drink with him?

Answer: The person who left Islam and became a Christian is an apostate. It is haram to have any relation with him. And it is unlawful to meet him and shake hands with him cheerfully and eat and drink with him. Those who met such apostate cheerfully and ate and drank with him committed a sin, they should do taubah and istighfar and avoid it in future. (Fatawa Darul Uloom: 16:400, Question:789)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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