Associating with people who are not Deeni inclined

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: When one’s close relations are not Deeni inclined, but they think that they are and argue over matters, which they have no knowledge whatsoever, what should a youngster who is an Aalim or making the effort of Deen do? Responding to the family elders results in him/her becoming ostracised & keeping silent allows them to continue with nonsensical statements such as:

1. Those were Sahabah, we live in different times.

2. Conditions are different.

3. Praying Fardh Salah is sufficient.

4. What’s the need to attend Majalis of Ulama attend Bayans or go in Tabligh etc.

5. We are doing Faraidh, which is enough.

6. We have to live and earn in Dunya. In such a scenario, where subtleties don’t seem to have the desired effect, what recourse does a person have? When is it permissible, if at all, to disassociate with them?


A: Don’t frequent such families and friends. Make salaam and move on. You may speak to them when you see them alone individually and you may be able to speak to them more openly.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)