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Calling oneself a disbeliever

Q: Please give me the ruling regarding the following: 

Question: In order to convince someone of something, someone said, for example, “So-and-so does not have a car. May I be a disbeliever if he has!” Is it considered to be an oath?

Answer: There are two rulings on this issue:

1. If one says, “So-and-so does not have a car. May I be a disbeliever if he has,” the relevant person becomes a disbeliever whether that person has a car or not. One’s intention does not count. That is, it is not valid.

2. If one utters something that causes disbelief with the intention of taking an oath, he is considered to have taken an oath. However, such an oath is not a Muslim’s oath.



1. If he believes that he will become a kaafir then it is such.

2. It is correct.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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