The excuse of being ignorant in insulting and fighting religious rituals

Fatwa no. 4440 : (1)The issue of (insulting religion): Can we immediately judge a person who insults religion to be a Kafir (disbeliever)? What is the ruling on women and children who insults religion? (Part No. 2; Page No. 23)  (2)The issue of (excuse for ignorance): about ridiculing the beard, the Niqab (face veil), the Qamis (long shirt), or the Muslims; also the issue of insulting religion: Can people be excused for being ignorant if they commit these things?(3)The issue of (excuse for ignorance): about matters related to worshiping graves or Taghut (false gods). Can the people who worship graves and Taghut be excused for being ignorant in this regard? We would like you to guide us to the truth on this issue and also on the issue of (fighting religious activity): Are those who are employed for that purpose excused for being ignorant in this regard?(4)The process of argumentation against a Muslim who offers sacrifices to other than Allah, or invokes other than Allah, or helps tyrants: Can any Muslim who has knowledge about these issues argue against those who do such things? Are there any other conditions for establishing evidence against them?


A: Firstly: Inviting others to the Way of Allah must be done with wisdom, good admonition, arguing with them in the best constructive way. This is an obligation enjoined by Shari‘ah (Islamic law). Allah (Exalted be He) says (what means): Invite (mankind, O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islâm) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Revelation and the Qur’ân) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided. Secondly: Those who call to the Way of Allah have to be acquainted with what they enjoin and what they forbid. They may have the determination and wish to do good and to bring benefit to people. However, they may be ignorant, and therefore prohibit for people what is lawful and make lawful what is prohibited and believe that they are following the true guidance. (Part No. 2; Page No. 24)  Thirdly: Insulting religion, mocking anything in the Qur’an or the Sunnah, or ridiculing people committed to the Islamic code of behavior for their adherence to growing a beard in case of men and wearing a Hijab (veil) in case of women is Kufr (disbelief) if they are done by a Mukallaf (person meeting the conditions to be held legally accountable for their actions). It should be pointed out to them that committing these acts is showing disbelief. If they insist on doing so after being informed of the ruling, then they are disbelievers. Allah (Exalted be He) says: Say: "Was it at Allâh (عز وجل), and His Ayât (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. Fourthly: Worshipping graves and Taghut (false gods) is Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). The Mukallafs who do these things should be told the ruling. If they do not accept it, they will be considered Mushriks (those who associate others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). If they die in that state of Shirk, they will be kept permanently in the Hellfire. They will not be excused for being ignorant after the ruling is pointed out for them, and likewise anyone who slaughters a sacrifice to other than Allah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

Tags: