The Invalidators of Islam

Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz

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Invalidators of Islam

You should know, dear Muslim brother, that Allah made it obligatory upon all His slaves to enter Islam and hold on to it, and warned them against following other than Islam. He also sent His Prophet Muhammad to call mankind to it. Allah has informed us in the Qur’aan that guided are those who follow the teachings of Islam, and misguided are those who reject them. He warned us in many Verses against the causes of apostasy and all forms of Shirk and disbelief Religious scholars have mentioned that there are a number of invalidators that are bound to take one out of the fold of Islam. For the sake of attaining salvation in the Hereafter, I have briefly cited in the following pages, with some explanation, the ten most critical of these invalidators so that you will avoid them and make others aware of them.

1 . To associate others with Allah in worship. The Qur’aan says:


"Allah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners with Him in worship, but He forgives whom He pleases other sins than this."  (Soorah 4: 1 16) "Whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, Allah will forbid him Paradise, and the Fire will be his abode. For the wrongdoers there are no helpers."  (Soorah 5:72)Forms of worship include calling upon the dead, seeking their assistance, offering sacrifices to them, and taking vows in their names.


2. To set up intermediaries between oneself and Allah, seeking their intercession and putting absolute trust in them. Those who do so are unanimously considered disbelievers.


3. Not to accuse polytheists and those who commit Shirk or disbelief, to be in doubt as to their being disbelievers, or to approve of their beliefs.


4. To believe that the Prophet's guidance is not complete or perfect or that other people's ruling and judgment is better than his. Those who prefer the rule of false gods are blatant


5 . Those who hate anything that the Prophet came with are also disbelievers even if they act upon them. The Qur’aan says:



"That is because they hate that which Allah sent down, so He has made their deeds fruitless."  (Soorah 47:9)


6. Those who ridicule anything that Islam came with, such as punishment and reward in the Hereafter, are disbelievers. The Qur’aan says:



"Say: 'Was it at Allah, and His Signs, and His Messenger, that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you have rejected Faith after you had accepted it." (9:65,66)


7. Magic in all its forms, including turning someone away from somebody that he or she loves, and making someone love someone or something he or she does not normally like. Whoever practices magic or approves of it is a disbeliever, as evidenced by the Qur’aanic Verse that says:


"But neither of these 



"And he amongst you that turns to them  (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust."  (Soorah 5:51)


9. Those who believe that it is in their power or authority to forsake the law of Islam are disbelievers. The Qur’aan says:



"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers."  (Soorah 3:85)


10. To turn away from Islam and to stubbornly refuse to learn its teachings or act upon them. The Qur’aan says:



"And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Signs of his Lord, then he turns away there from? Verily from those who transgress We shall exact (due) retribution."  (Soorah 32:22)

(two angels) taught anyone  (such things)  without saying, We are only for trial, sodisbelieve not  (by learning this magic from us)."  (Soorah2:102)


8. To take the disbelievers for friends, give them support and assistance against the Muslims is an act of disbelief. The Qur’aan says:




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