Ruling on the Hajj

Question 2: Some people claim that there is no obligation to go to the holy lands to perform Hajj. They also say that whoever goes there, comes back more coarse and merciless. Most of these people are financially and physically capable of performing Hajj, but they are reluctant. What is the ruling on whoever says this? Do they come under the same mentioned Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) with regard to the fifth nullifier of Islaam?

Answer: Hajj is one of the pillars of Islaam. Whoever denies or resents it after the proof has come to him is a Kaafir (disbeliever) who should be asked to repent; if he repents, all is well and good, otherwise he should be killed… read more here.


Is someone who does not observe fast, but performs Salaah, judged to be a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Question 5: Is a person who observes Salaah (Prayer), but abandons Sawm (Fast) without any lawful excuse deemed a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: Whoever abandons Sawm for disownment of its obligation is deemed a Kaafir by consensus, and whoever abandons it out of laziness or negligence is not deemed a Kaafir, but is subject to great danger for abandoning an obligatory and unanimously agreed upon pillar of the Pillars of Islaam… read more here.

Vowing to the Shrines of “Shaykhs”

Question 26: I am a secondary school student, and since my tender age I have seen my family in Sudan flocking to the shrines of shaykhs to rub them, seeking their blessings, and make vows by them. I have denounced such scenes within myself, but I could not declare it, because in their view I am considered a Kaafir (disbeliever) and that they can poison me, and definitely can do me harm. For they claim that these people have Karaamahs (extraordinary events performed at the hands of pious people) as they are Awliya’ (pious people), and that most of them claimed to have seen Allaah. I used to resent this inside me, until I came to know some people from Ansar Al-Sunnah Al-Muhamadiyyah; they showed me that these people’s claims are only delusions and Shirk. They also taught me that these people are followers of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and that every Bid‘ah is a going astray that leads to the Fire. I also came across some books of theirs on Tawheed (Monotheism), written by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab. However, I cannot afford to get them due to my straitened circumstances, so I just borrow them and return them after a short while.

I hope that you, as a father and a Daa‘ee (caller) to the truth, will explain to me in a personal letter, your opinion on this group and send me some books, if possible, to enlighten me. And Allaah is the Knower of intentions.

Answer: Making vows by the shrines of shaykhs is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because making vows is an act of ‘Ibaadah (worship), and so dedicating a vow to other than Allaah… read more here.

Is seeking help from someone who is absent or dead Kufr (disbelief)?

Question 3: Is seeking help from someone who is absent or dead considered an act of major Kufr (disbelief)?

Answer:  Yes, seeking help from someone who is dead or absent is considered an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) and doing so puts the doer outside the fold of Islam, for Allah (Glorified be He) says… read more here.

A community of people (Muslims) invoke for help to other than Allaah

Question 2: Is it permissible for a man who lives among a community of people who invoke help from other than Allaah to perform Salaah (prayer) behind them (when they lead the congregational prayers)? Is it obligatory to disassociate oneself from them? Is what they are doing count as major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)? Is making allies of them judged the same as making allies of true Kaafirs (disbelievers)?

Answer:  If the state of the people you are living among is as you described: they call upon other than Allah for help, such as the dead, absent or unseen beings, trees, stones, stars, and the like, they are Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in worship) who are committing major Shirk that take them out of the Din (religion) of Islam. It is not permissible to take them as allies, as is the case with the Kafir. Performing Salah behind them is invalid. It is also not permissible to associate with them or live… read more here.

Anyone who believes that someone besides (or with) Allaah is managing the Universe

Question 1: Is a person who believes that someone other than Allaah is managing the universe considered a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: Whoever believes this is considered a Kaafir, because he has associated partners with Allaah in His Lordship (al-Ruboobiyyah). He is even worse in disbelief (Kufr) than … read more here.