Insulting Allaah

Question: Among the widespread major sins common in our country is insulting Allaah. What is the legal decision on that? Will a wife of the wrongdoer be divorced even if he denies committing the sin? Please, give us a Fatwaa, may Allaah reward you.

Answer: Insulting Allaah is one of the major sins. It is apostasy from Islaam. Whoever does that should haste to repent, seek forgiveness and do a lot of good deeds. If they sincerely repent to Allaah, He will forgive them and their wives will be back again to them in marriage… read more here.

Insulting or cursing Aayaat ( Qur’aanic verses) and Hadeeths

Question 104: I am living in a house where a man resides with me. He shaves his beard from time to time, lies, and blasphemes. To sum up, he is suffering some signs of hypocrisy, may Allaah protect us! It happened that he blasphemed by insulting religion seven or eight times in ten minutes. Is it permissible to greet him with the salutation of Islaam while I hate him? Should I greet him back when he greets me? Please, tell the legal decision?

Answer: According to the legal texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and the consensus of opinions, blasphemy – Allaah forbid – is an act of open disbelief. Allaah says: “Was it at Allaah (عز وجل), and His Aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations) and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that you were mocking?” Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed. There are other similar declarations in this regard. That person should be advised and rebuked; if he responds positively and accepts the advice, praise be to Allaah. But if not, it is not permissible to greet blasphemers or respond to their greeting or invitation. They should be deserted fully until they repent; otherwise, they shall be sentenced to death as judged by Allaah. The Prophet says: If a Muslim discards his religion, kill him. Related by Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (book of sound Hadeeths) on the authority of Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both). It is admittedly true that a Muslim who insulting Islaam and discards the religion, is apostate... read more here.

Ruling on insulting or cursing religion (Islaam)

Question 103: I am living in a house where a man resides with me. He shaves his beard from time to time, lies, and blasphemes. To sum up, he is suffering some signs of hypocrisy, may Allaah protect us! It happened that he blasphemed by insulting religion seven or eight times in ten minutes. Is it permissible to greet him with the salutation of Islaam while I hate him? Should I greet him back when he greets me? Please, tell the legal decision?

Answer: According to the legal texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and the consensus of opinions, blasphemy – Allaah forbid – is an act of open disbelief. Allaah says: “Was it at Allaah (عز وجل), and His Aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations) and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that you were mocking?” Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed. There are other similar declarations in this regard. That person should be advised and rebuked; if he responds positively and accepts the advice, praise be to Allaah. But if not, it is not permissible to greet blasphemers or respond to their greeting or invitation. They should be deserted fully until they repent; otherwise, they shall be sentenced to death as judged by Allaah. The Prophet says: If a Muslim discards his religion, kill him. Related by Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (book of sound Hadeeths) on the authority of Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both). It is admittedly true that a Muslim who insulting Islaam and discards the religion, is apostate... read more here.

Verbal, practical, and doctrinal forms of Riddah (apostasy)

Question 102: It is said that Riddah (apostasy) may be committed either by words or actions. I hope that you briefly clarify for me the verbal, practical and doctrinal forms of Riddah.

Answer: Riddah is reverting to Kufr (disbelief) after accepting Islaam. It may be by word, action, erroneous belief or doubt. Consequently, whoever associates other partners with Allaah; denies His Lordship, His Oneness, one of His Attributes or some of His Books or Messengers; curses Allaah or His Messenger; denies any of the consensually forbidden things or renders them lawful; denies one of the Five Pillars of Islaam or doubts their obligation; doubts Resurrection, the truthfulness of Muhammad (peace be upon him) or any of the Prophets or prostrates to an idol, a planet or the like, has disbelieved and apostatized from Islam. Please read the chapters discussing Riddah in the books of Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), as scholars have elaborated on this topic. 

Based on the above explanation, you can understand the verbal, practical, and doctrinal forms of Riddah... read more here.

Ruling on insulting or cursing Allaah (Exalted be He)

Question 101: I am a Muslim lady living in Denmark with my Muslim husband, and we have three children – praise be to Allaah! To maintain my privacy, I will give my name as M.M.M. In a moment of violent anger, I insulted the Being of Allaah, the Most High, the Omnipotent. Since then, my husband has refused to talk to me. He claims that I am an apostate, and that Allaah has nullified my marriage contract; prohibited him from eating meat from any animal I may sacrifice, me from inheriting, anyone from performing the Funeral Prayer for me, my dead body from being washed, shrouded, and buried, and so my body will be left to tempt stray dogs; and my wealth can be plundered by Muslims. I am feeling the deepest regret for what I did, as this is the first time in my life to do such thing. I am cultured and knowledgeable person – praise be to Allaah! – and I know that what I did was detestable. I was advised to write to you concerning my Tawbah (repentance to Allaah). Can I perform Tawbah? And is it permissible for my husband to take me back after what happened, and how should this be done? May Allaah set right your conditions!

Answer: There is no doubt that insulting the Being of Allaah (Glorified be He) is an act of Riddah (apostasy) that takes the one who does it out of the fold of Islaam. This is agreed by the Ijmaa` (consensus) of the Muslim scholars, and deserves the punishment of death, if there is no Tawbah from it, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, The blood of a Muslim is not lawful, except for one of three: a [married] fornicator, a soul for a soul, and someone who leaves their Deen (religion) and separates from the Jamaa`ah (Muslim community).

As you have performed Tawbah, regretted what you did, and resolved not to say such a thing again, your Tawbah is valid. Your husband can have relations with you and your situation with him after your Tawbah should be as it was before you did what you did. This is because the Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) acknowledged the marriages of apostates after they returned to Islaam, and they did not separate them from their wives or ask them to renew their marriage contracts; and in them we have a good example to follow... read more here.