Someone who denies some Ahaadeeth

Question: What is the ruling of Islaam on offering Salaah (prayer) behind an Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) who denies some of the Prophet’s Hadeeth such as the Hadeeth stating that magic was cast on the Prophet (peace be upon him) or the one prophesying the descent of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) near the end of time?

Answer: The one who denies the Ahaadeeth authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him), such as the two Ahaadeeth referred to above, is a liar and may be judged either to be a Faasiq (someone openly and flagrantly violating Islaamic law) or a Kaafir (disbeliever), according to that person’s state… read more here.

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Can a person who says “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah” be a disbeliever?

Question: Can a person be a disbeliever in spite of verbally saying: “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah” (There is no god in truth but Allaah)?

Answer: A person can be a disbeliever in the Sight of Allaah in spite of saying, “There is no god  in truth but Allaah”, as the hypocrites who say it only by tongue, but their hearts have not believed in it, such as ‘Abdullaah ibn Ubay ibn Salool and suchlike… read more here.

Dealing with someone who denies some Ahaadeeth

Question: What is the ruling on those who refute some of the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth related in the Two Saheeh Books of Hadeeth (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim), such as the Hadeeth about the punishment and bliss in the grave, the Mi`raj (Ascension to Heaven), Sihr (sorcery), Shafaa`ah (intercession), and getting out of the Fire? What is the ruling on performing Salaah (Prayer) behind them and exchanging greetings with them or is it better to disassociate from them?

Answer: The scholars of Hadeeth should discuss the Riwaayah (the study of the text of a Hadith and how to apply it) and Diraayah (the study of the principles set to verify whether a Hadeeth is acceptable or not in terms of text and chain of narrators) of these Hadeeth with them to explain their authenticity and meanings… read more here.

Offering Salaah behind a beardless Imaam

Question: What is the ruling on offering Salaah (prayer) behind a clean-shaven Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) who also mocks bearded men and orders them to shave their beard off?

Answer: It is not permissible to mock a bearded man as he grows his beard in compliance with the command of the Prophet (peace be upon him) thereof. Moreover, the mocker should be advised and instructed… read more here.

Mocking bearded Muslims

Question: What is the ruling on a person who scorns one of the Sunan (traditions) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? For example, a person who scorns the beard or bearded people and mockingly call them, “O bearded”. We hope your eminence will explain to us the ruling on the person who says so.

Answer: Scorning the beard is an act greatly disapproved of by Islaamic law. If the person who says, “O bearded” intends to scorn the Sunnah, it is considered Kufr (disbelief). If he says it just to specify the person he is calling, it is not considered Kufr (disbelief)… read more here.

Difference regarding letting the beard grow

Question: Growing a beard is one of the Sunnahs of the Prophet (peace be upon him). However, many Muslims shave it, others pluck it, others trim it and others even deny its being an act of Sunnah. Others say that it is an act of Sunnah which is rewardable if observed and not punishable if abandoned. Some foolish people say that if there had been any good in growing one’s beard, it would not have grown in the place of pubic hair. What is the ruling of Islaam on each of these people and their different viewpoints? What is the ruling on one who denies one of the Prophet’s acts of Sunnah?

Answer: The Saheeh (authentic) Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) indicates that it is obligatory to leave the beard as it is and let it grow long and that it is prohibited to cut or shave it. It is narrated in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Shaving the beard and letting clothes trail

Question: An Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) delivered Jumu’ah (Friday) speech on 10/6/1408 A.H. He admonished people and reminded them of Jannah (Paradise) and the blessings Allaah (Exalted be He) prepared therein. At the end of his speech, he swore that whoever shaves his beard or lets his garment down will not enter Jannah. We would like you to guide us to the truth in this regard. Is this true or false?

Answer: Shaving the beard and letting clothes down are prohibited acts. Whoever does so is disobedient to Allaah. If such a person dies as persisting in doing so without making Tawbah (repentance to Allaah), his case will be up to Allaah… read more here.

Shaving the beard and being unable to perform some Salaat during military service

Question: Is it permissible to join an activity that requires shaving one’s beard, being unable to perform some of the prescribed Salaat (Prayers) at their due times, or obeying military orders to do what Allaah has forbidden?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to indulge in something that entails all these forbidden acts or even some of them; for this leads to disobedience to Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him)..read more here.

Saying: Those who shave their beard are Faasiq

Question 180Is a person who shaves his beard considered a Faasiq (someone flagrantly violating Islaamic law)?

Answer: Anyone who shaves his beard willingly despite knowing that it is impermissible and insists on that sin is a Faasiq and should repent to Allaah for such a sin and ask His Forgiveness… read more here.

What is the ruling on shaving the hair on the neck?

Question 179What is the ruling on shaving the hair of the neck? Is it considered part of the beard?

Answer: The hair that grows on the neck is not considered part of the beard and thus it is permissible for you to shave it. It is worth mentioning that the part of the beard whose shaving is Haraam (prohibited) is the hair which grows on the cheeks and chin. And Allaah knows best… read more here.

Ruling on shaving the beard

Question 106: What is the ruling on the following categories of people in terms of belief and disbelief?

1- Who says that he does not believe in the Noble Qur’aan or in a verse of it.

2- A person who says that he believes his mind only.

3- A person who says to another, ‘You committed apostasy’ by going out with a girl displaying her charm.

4- A person who says: ‘I am in no need for such-and-such Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan).

5- A person who acts as Imaam for his family in Friday Prayer at home and delivers a sermon claiming that he offers Friday Prayer at home. Is his Prayer valid?

6 – A person who says to another, ‘Why do you not let the sideburns grow instead of the beard?’ Does he scorn the Sunnah? The Prophet (peace be upon him) says: Let the beards grow.

7- If a person committing the previous sins is persistent and denies to repent, does he become a disbeliever for his rejection to the Qur’aan and Sunnah?

Answer: First, A person who says that he does not believe in the Noble Qur’aan or in a verse thereof or that he believes only his mind regardless of the Sharee`ah, should be told that this saying is an act of disbelief. If he persists in saying it, he is apostate from Islam. The Muslim rulers shall invite him to repent; otherwise, he should be executed, for the belief in the Qur’aan is an article of faith. Denying one Aayah of the Qur’aan is similar to denying the whole Qur’aan. The person who believes his mind only to the rejection of Sharee`ah is considered a disbeliever in the Noble Qur’aan and the Messenger (peace be upon him).

Second: Going out with a girl displaying her charm is not an act of disbelief; it is a sin, for it is a means to illicit relations. A person who goes out with the girl displaying her charms should be advised. May Allaah guide him.

Third: The books of Tafseer are numerous. Some of them should not be read while some are reliable references to understand the Qur’aan such as those written by Ibn Jareer Al-Tabaree and Ibn Katheer. To give the true legal decision concerning this point, the relevant Tafsir denied by the person should be specified… read more here.

What is the difference between Sunnah and Fard?

Question 1: People in our country differentiate between Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) and Fard (obligatory). They say that Allaah’s punishment takes place only when someone leaves the acts that are relevant to Fard or stressed Sunnah. However, I believe that anything which Muhammad (peace be upon him) has done or clarified to his Ummah is an obligation. Accordingly, those who do not do this are considered to be hateful of what Muhammad has come with. Growing the beard for example, has been ordained by Muhammad (peace be upon him), is it authentically proven that he shaved it? Does shaving it imply a sign of hatred to what Muhammad (peace be upon him) has come with? Does whoever does this fall under the same Aayah?

Answer: All Praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To proceed: Obligation is what a person is rewarded for doing and punished for abandoning. Sunnah or (the desirable acts) is what a person is rewarded for doing… read more here.