Abstaining from performing the practical pillars of Islam


A: Anyone who bears witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, but abstains from performing Salah, Zakah, Sawm, and Hajj, denying the obligation of these four Pillars, or any one of them after being told about them, is regarded as a Murtad (apostate) from Islam. They should be asked to perform Tawbah (repentance to Allah). So, if they perform Tawbah, it will be accepted. They will then be among those receiving the intercession of the Prophet on the Day of Resurrection, if they die as a believer. If they insist on denying the Pillars, the ruler should execute them due to their Kufr (disbelief) and Riddah (apostasy). Then, neither the Prophet nor any other will intercede for them on the Day of Resurrection. However, if someone abstains from Salah due to laziness and indifference, they are a Kafir (disbeliever) and their Kufr (disbelief) takes them out of Islam, according to the most correct opinion of the scholars. This ruling is most worthy of application if someone abstains from the other Pillars of Islam, such as Zakah, Sawm, and Hajj. Therefore, they will not be qualified to receive the intercession of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or any one else, if they die in this state. There are some scholars, however, who maintain that a person does not become apostate by the mere abstaining from (Part No. 2; Page No. 40) performing the practical Pillars. They hold the view that such a person will receive intercession even if they commit a major sin, providing that they die as a believer.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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