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Angrily or in Frustration Disrespecting Islam

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Answered by: Maulana Yūsuf Badāt


If someone, in anger, or frustration, or by slip of tongue, or other such means, may say a statement like this, “What is this man? Why do they have to make f**king Islam this difficult!” does this make one a kāfir?

If I’m impure (I have a lot of issues where I thought I committed shirk, so I did not perform ghusl for long) and I see a person who is so clean, and then I come home and get inspired by that person, correct the beliefs, say shahadah, and then perform ghusl, with the intention of being pure, also to pray. I used to see different Muslims, they would be pure, giving such good vibes, (and I would hate myself not being pure), so I came home, performed ghusl so that I can be pure like them too, and also because I can now pray easily, and become better on the path of Islam (but my first ever thing was because I wanted to be pure because I hated myself being impure among people who are pure), will my ghusl and shahādah be valid?

The statement, “Why do they have to make f**king Islam this difficult!” is definitely disrespectful, vulgar and inappropriate. However, it does not take one out of the fold of Islam when said due to one finding Islamic practices difficult, challenging or cumbersome. However, if the statement was said with the belief to reject, deny or belittle the practices of Islam, then this will constitute kufr (disbelief). – (See: Al-Ta’līqāt Al-Aqīdah Al-Ṭaḥāwīyyah, Page 144, Dār Al-‘Āṣimah1, Al-Qawāid Al-Fiqhīyyah, Page 25, Dār Al-Tirmidhī2)

In the described situation, your ghusl is valid. After repenting, once the farāi (mandatory acts) of ghusl (ritual bath) are completed, the ghusl is valid and one will be deemed clean and pure. The 3 farāi in the Ḥanafī school are, gargling to rinse the mouth, cleaning the nose up to the soft bone, and finally washing one’s entire external body to the extent that not even a single hair is left dry. – (See: Rad Al-Muḥtār, Vol 1, Page 151, Dār Al-Fikr3) –

“And if it comes to you from the devil an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allāh. Indeed, He is the All-Hearing and All-Knowing.” – (Qurʿān: 41:36)4

Sufyān bin ‘Abdullāh Thaqafī said, “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allāh, tell me of something that I can adhere to.’ He replied, ‘Say, “Allāh is my Lord,” then adhere steadfastly to Islam.’ He said, ‘O Messenger of Allāh, what is the thing that you fear most for me?’ The Messenger of Allāh took hold of his own tongue, then said, ‘This.’” – (Ibn Mājah 3972)5

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said, “I bear testimony to the fact that there is no god but Allāh, and I am His Messenger. The person who would meet Allāh without entertaining any doubt about these [two fundamentals] would enter Paradise”. – (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 27)6

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allāh has forgiven my followers the evil thoughts that occur in their minds, as long as such thoughts are not put into action or uttered.” – (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī 5269)7

Only Allāh knows best

Written by Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 ولا يخرج العبد من الإيمان إلا بجحود ما أدخله فيه – كتاب التعليقات المختصرة على متن العقيدة الطحاوية ص ١٤٤ دار العاصمة

2 لَا عِبْرَةَ لِلتَوَهُم – القواعد الفقهية ص٢٥ دارالترمذي

3 وَفَرْضُ الْغُسْلِ غَسْلُ كُلِّ فَمِهِ وَيَكْفِي الشُّرْبُ عَبًّا لِأَنَّ الْمَجَّ لَيْسَ بِشَرْطٍ فِي الْأَصَحِّ وَأَنْفِهِ حَتَّى مَا تَحْتَ الدَّرَنِ وبَاقِي بَدَنِهِ لَكِنْ فِي الْمُغْرِبِ وَغَيْرِهِ الْبَدَنُ مِنْ الْمَنْكِبِ إلَى الْأَلْيَةِ وَحِينَئِذٍ فَالرَّأْسُ وَالْعُنُقُ وَالْيَدُ وَالرِّجْلُ خَارِجَةٌ لُغَةً دَاخِلَةٌ تَبَعًا شَرْعًا – كتاب الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين رد المحتار ج ١/ ص ١٥١ دار الفكر

4 وَإِمَّا يَنزَغَنَّكَ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ نَزْغٌ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّه – حم فصلت إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

5 عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ مَاعِزٍ الْعَامِرِيِّ أَنَّ سُفْيَانَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الثَّقَفِيَّ قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ حَدِّثْنِي بِأَمْرٍ أَعْتَصِمُ بِهِ قَالَ ‏قُلْ رَبِّيَ اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقِمْ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا أَكْثَرُ مَا تَخَافُ عَلَىَّ فَأَخَذَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِلِسَانِ نَفْسِهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ هَذَا – رواه ابن ماجة ٣٩٧٢ ‏‏

6 فَقَالَ عِنْدَ ذَلِكَ ‏ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ لاَ يَلْقَى اللَّهَ بِهِمَا عَبْدٌ غَيْرَ شَاكٍّ فِيهِمَا إِلاَّ دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ – رواه مسلم ٢٧ ‏

7 عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضى الله عنه عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَجَاوَزَ عَنْ أُمَّتِي مَا حَدَّثَتْ بِهِ أَنْفُسَهَا مَا لَمْ تَعْمَلْ أَوْ تَتَكَلَّمْ – رواه البخاري ٥٢٦٩

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