Ruling on religious persecution in Islaam

Question: Does Islaam permit persecution on a religious basis? Bohras are Muslims who believe in all the teachings of Islaam and the Qur’aan. All Muslims should believe in the Qur’aan.

Answer: Islam does not permit persecution against true Muslims who are truthful in their faith and in following the Qur’aan and the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him. Moreover, doing so is prohibited and may be considered Kufr (disbelief)… read more here.

The leader of Bohras claiming he has the right to socially boycott those who object to him

Question: He claims that he has the right to announce repudiation and social boycott from those who object to these deeds.

Answer: If these are the traits of the senior scholar as is mentioned in the question, Bohras then he is not permitted to announce repudiation from those who object to what he commits of kinds of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

The leader of Bohras claiming he owns all Waqf properties

Question: The leader of Bohras, India, claims that he owns all the Waqf (endowments) properties and he will not be called to account for all the Sadaqah (voluntary charity). He was claimed to be Allaah on earth, by the late scholar, Taahir Sayf Al-Deen, during a case in the High Court of Bombay, who said that he has complete power over his followers.

Answer: What was mentioned in the question, regarding the claims of the leader of Bohras, that he owns all the Waqf properties, that he will not be called to account for all the Sadaqah, and that he is Allaah on earth, all these are false claims, whether they were made by him or by others… read more here.

The grand scholar of Bohras claims to be the overall controller of the soul and eemaan

Question: The grand scholar of Bohras claims to be the overall controller of the soul and faith – meaning, religious beliefs – on behalf of his followers.

Answer: If it is true that the grand scholar of Bohras claims to be as such, his claim is false. However, his claim denotes one of two possible meanings, both of which are false. First, by claiming that he is the controller of the souls and faith he might mean that the hearts and souls are controlled by him so that he directs them wherever he likes either guiding them to faith or leading them astray… read more here.

Bohras women kissing their leader’s hands and feet and those of his family

Question: It is a tradition for women to kiss the hands and feet of the leader of their sect. They even kiss the hands and feet of each one of his family members. Is it permissible in Islaam for women to touch the hands of these non-Mahram men?

Answer: Firstly, what you have mentioned in regards to women who belong to Bohras and kiss the hands and feet of their leader and each of his family members, is impermissible. There is no report affirming that this act was done to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs… read more here.

Prostrating to other than Allaah as Bohras do

Question: The chief scholar of Bohras urges his followers to prostrate before him each time they visit him. Was this a practice in the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the Rightly Guided Caliphs? A recent photo has been published of a man prostrating to the Chief scholar of Bohras in the well-known Pakistani newspaper “Man” on 6/10/1977. Find attached a photocopy of the issue.

Answer: Prostration is one of the acts of worship which Allaah has ordained His Servants to offer exclusively for Him, and a means by which a servant can draw closer to Allaah alone. Allaah (Glorified be He) stated… read more here.

Believing that Allaah is incarnated in `Alee or in any other being

Question 155: What is the view of Sunni scholars regarding Al-Isma`iliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan. Following are some of their views that explain their doctrine.

1- The word of Faith: ‘I testify that there is no god but Allaah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and `Alee, the Commander of Believers, is Allaah.’ The Isma`ilis and Agha khans say these words are the word of Shahaadat Al-Tawheed i.e. the testimony of belief in monotheism, and the true word of Islaam.

2- The Imam: They believe that Agha Khan Shah Kareem is their Imaam (religious leader) who has dominion over everything; the earth, the heavens, and what is in and between them. They even believe he is the supreme ruler of the whole world.

3- The Sharee`ah: They do not believe in the truth of Islaamic Sharee`ah. In fact, they believe that Agha Khan is the embodiment and the true tongue of the Qur’aan. They also believe that he is the “Ka`bah” and “Al-Bayt-al-Ma’moor” (i.e. Allaah’s House in the seventh heaven) and the one to be followed and no one else. Their books say that the word “Allaah” mentioned in the Qur’aan is the apparent term used to refer to Imaam Agha Khan.

4- Salah (Prayer): They do not believe that the Five Prayers are obligatory. Only three formulae of supplication are required instead.
5- The Masjid (mosque): They take a place of worship called Jama`at khanah instead of mosques.

6- Zakaah (obligatory charity): They deny that Zakaah is obligatory. They instead allocate 10% of their wealth to the Agha Khan calling it as “dushond” or “Maal-Al-Waajibaat i.e. money for religious obligations”.

7- Sawm (Fast): They deny that it is obligatory to fast the month of Ramadaan.

8- They do not believe that Hajj is obligatory, rather they believe that their belief in Agha Khan is itself Hajj.

9- Salaam (Islaamic greeting): Instead of the Islaamic formula of greeting, they invented a special greeting. When one of them meets another, he says, “`Alee madad” (May `Alee help you!). The other replies, “Mawlaa `Alee madad” i.e. (`Alee is a sufficient master for help!)

This is a brief note about their sayings and the `Aqeedahs (creeds) they adopt. Now I would like to ask few questions:

1- Are the Isma`ilis considered a Muslim sect or a disbelieving one?

2– Is it permissible to offer Funeral Prayer for their dead people?

3- Is it permissible to bury them in the Muslims’ graves?

4- Is it permissible to intermarry with them?

5- Is the meat of their sacrificed animals lawful for Muslims?

6- Should they be treated like Muslims?

In the Name of Allaah, the Great, we ask you to answer our request for Fatwaa’ to dispel the doubts in many Muslims’ minds. In the past, the followers of this sect used to hide their false `Aqeedah (creed), therefore the early Muslim shaykhs called them Al-Baatiniyyah (those who hide their real faith). Nowadays, they overtly call people to their false `Aqeedah (creed) to lead Muslims astray in matters related to `Aqeedah (creed) and for some other purposes we do not yet know.

Answer: First: The belief that Allaah is incarnated in `Alee or in any other being is sheer disbelief that excludes a person from Islaam. Likewise, the belief that any being other than Allaah (Glorified be He) can control the heavens and earth, is disbelief as well. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Indeed your Lord is Allaah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He rose over (Istawaa’) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He brings the night as a cover over the day, seeking it rapidly, and (He created) the sun, the moon, the stars subjected to His Command. Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment. Blessed is Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists)!… read more here.

Believing that something other than the Sharee`ah revealed to Prophet Muhammad is to be obeyed

Question 154: What is the view of Sunni scholars regarding Al-Isma`iliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan. Following are some of their views that explain their doctrine.

1- The word of Faith: ‘I testify that there is no god but Allaah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and `Alee, the Commander of Believers, is Allaah.’ The Isma`ilis and Agha khans say these words are the word of Shahaadat Al-Tawheed i.e. the testimony of belief in monotheism, and the true word of Islaam.

2- The Imam: They believe that Agha Khan Shah Kareem is their Imaam (religious leader) who has dominion over everything; the earth, the heavens, and what is in and between them. They even believe he is the supreme ruler of the whole world.

3- The Sharee`ah: They do not believe in the truth of Islaamic Sharee`ah. In fact, they believe that Agha Khan is the embodiment and the true tongue of the Qur’aan. They also believe that he is the “Ka`bah” and “Al-Bayt-al-Ma’moor” (i.e. Allaah’s House in the seventh heaven) and the one to be followed and no one else. Their books say that the word “Allaah” mentioned in the Qur’aan is the apparent term used to refer to Imaam Agha Khan.

4- Salah (Prayer): They do not believe that the Five Prayers are obligatory. Only three formulae of supplication are required instead.
5- The Masjid (mosque): They take a place of worship called Jama`at khanah instead of mosques.

6- Zakaah (obligatory charity): They deny that Zakaah is obligatory. They instead allocate 10% of their wealth to the Agha Khan calling it as “dushond” or “Maal-Al-Waajibaat i.e. money for religious obligations”.

7- Sawm (Fast): They deny that it is obligatory to fast the month of Ramadaan.

8- They do not believe that Hajj is obligatory, rather they believe that their belief in Agha Khan is itself Hajj.

9- Salaam (Islaamic greeting): Instead of the Islaamic formula of greeting, they invented a special greeting. When one of them meets another, he says, “`Alee madad” (May `Alee help you!). The other replies, “Mawlaa `Alee madad” i.e. (`Alee is a sufficient master for help!)

This is a brief note about their sayings and the `Aqeedahs (creeds) they adopt. Now I would like to ask few questions:

1- Are the Isma`ilis considered a Muslim sect or a disbelieving one?

2– Is it permissible to offer Funeral Prayer for their dead people?

3- Is it permissible to bury them in the Muslims’ graves?

4- Is it permissible to intermarry with them?

5- Is the meat of their sacrificed animals lawful for Muslims?

6- Should they be treated like Muslims?

In the Name of Allaah, the Great, we ask you to answer our request for Fatwaa’ to dispel the doubts in many Muslims’ minds. In the past, the followers of this sect used to hide their false `Aqeedah (creed), therefore the early Muslim shaykhs called them Al-Baatiniyyah (those who hide their real faith). Nowadays, they overtly call people to their false `Aqeedah (creed) to lead Muslims astray in matters related to `Aqeedah (creed) and for some other purposes we do not yet know.

Answer: First: The belief that Allaah is incarnated in `Alee or in any other being is sheer disbelief that excludes a person from Islaam. Likewise, the belief that any being other than Allaah (Glorified be He) can control the heavens and earth, is disbelief as well. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Indeed your Lord is Allaah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He rose over (Istawaa’) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He brings the night as a cover over the day, seeking it rapidly, and (He created) the sun, the moon, the stars subjected to His Command. Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment. Blessed is Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists)!… read more here.

Believing that there are beings other than Allaah who dispose the affairs of the heavens and earth

Question 153: What is the view of Sunni scholars regarding Al-Isma`iliyyah and Agha Khani sects who live in many places and most of them live in the north of Pakistan. Following are some of their views that explain their doctrine.

1- The word of Faith: ‘I testify that there is no god but Allaah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and `Alee, the Commander of Believers, is Allaah.’ The Isma`ilis and Agha khans say these words are the word of Shahaadat Al-Tawheed i.e. the testimony of belief in monotheism, and the true word of Islaam.

2- The Imam: They believe that Agha Khan Shah Kareem is their Imaam (religious leader) who has dominion over everything; the earth, the heavens, and what is in and between them. They even believe he is the supreme ruler of the whole world.

3- The Sharee`ah: They do not believe in the truth of Islaamic Sharee`ah. In fact, they believe that Agha Khan is the embodiment and the true tongue of the Qur’aan. They also believe that he is the “Ka`bah” and “Al-Bayt-al-Ma’moor” (i.e. Allaah’s House in the seventh heaven) and the one to be followed and no one else. Their books say that the word “Allaah” mentioned in the Qur’aan is the apparent term used to refer to Imaam Agha Khan.

4- Salah (Prayer): They do not believe that the Five Prayers are obligatory. Only three formulae of supplication are required instead.
5- The Masjid (mosque): They take a place of worship called Jama`at khanah instead of mosques.

6- Zakaah (obligatory charity): They deny that Zakaah is obligatory. They instead allocate 10% of their wealth to the Agha Khan calling it as “dushond” or “Maal-Al-Waajibaat i.e. money for religious obligations”.

7- Sawm (Fast): They deny that it is obligatory to fast the month of Ramadaan.

8- They do not believe that Hajj is obligatory, rather they believe that their belief in Agha Khan is itself Hajj.

9- Salaam (Islaamic greeting): Instead of the Islaamic formula of greeting, they invented a special greeting. When one of them meets another, he says, “`Alee madad” (May `Alee help you!). The other replies, “Mawlaa `Alee madad” i.e. (`Alee is a sufficient master for help!)

This is a brief note about their sayings and the `Aqeedahs (creeds) they adopt. Now I would like to ask few questions:

1- Are the Isma`ilis considered a Muslim sect or a disbelieving one?

2– Is it permissible to offer Funeral Prayer for their dead people?

3- Is it permissible to bury them in the Muslims’ graves?

4- Is it permissible to intermarry with them?

5- Is the meat of their sacrificed animals lawful for Muslims?

6- Should they be treated like Muslims?

In the Name of Allaah, the Great, we ask you to answer our request for Fatwaa’ to dispel the doubts in many Muslims’ minds. In the past, the followers of this sect used to hide their false `Aqeedah (creed), therefore the early Muslim shaykhs called them Al-Baatiniyyah (those who hide their real faith). Nowadays, they overtly call people to their false `Aqeedah (creed) to lead Muslims astray in matters related to `Aqeedah (creed) and for some other purposes we do not yet know.

Answer: First: The belief that Allaah is incarnated in `Alee or in any other being is sheer disbelief that excludes a person from Islaam. Likewise, the belief that any being other than Allaah (Glorified be He) can control the heavens and earth, is disbelief as well. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Indeed your Lord is Allaah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He rose over (Istawaa’) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He brings the night as a cover over the day, seeking it rapidly, and (He created) the sun, the moon, the stars subjected to His Command. Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment. Blessed is Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists)!… read more here.

Al-Bohrah (deviant Shiite sect) prostration to the great persons among them

Question 152: The chief scholar of Bohras urges his followers to prostrate before him each time they visit him. Was this a practice in the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) or the Rightly Guided Caliphs? A recent photo has been published of a man prostrating to the Chief scholar of Bohras in the well-known Pakistani newspaper “Man” on 6/10/1977. Find attached a photocopy of the issue.

Answer: Prostration is one of the acts of worship which Allaah has ordained His Servants to offer exclusively for Him, and a means by which a servant can draw closer to Allaah alone. Allaah (Glorified be He) stated: And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allaah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taaghoot (all false deities i.e. do not worship Taaghoot besides Allaah).” ; And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) but We revealed to him (saying): Laa ilaahaa illaa Ana [none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allaah)], so worship Me (Alone and none else).” and And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate yourselves not to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate yourselves to Allaah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him. Thus, Allaah (Glorified be He) has forbidden His servants to prostrate themselves either to the sun or the moon, which are merely two of His created Signs and do not deserve either prostration or any other act of worship… read more here.