Fool: Ruling On Speaking Words Of Kufr Without Realizing
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In some foreign countries – kaafir countries –
there is the well-known custom of April Fool, which
happens of the first day of April. Some Muslims are
imitating them in this, thinking that it is
permissible to tell lies on this day… what is your
opinion on this belief and on this custom?
Praise be to Allaah.
Lying is not permissible at all, at any time. And it
is not permissible to imitate the kuffaar and to be
like them, on this day or on any other, because the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: "Whoever imitates a people is one of them."
From the fatwaas of Shaykh Saalih Fawzaan in al-Shaqaa'iq
magazine, no. 32, Safar
Ruling on one who speaks words of
kufr without realizing their meaning
What is the ruling on one who says "I am a
communist" without understanding it?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Words matter according to the great religion of Allaah:
by means of a word a person speaks, Allaah may raise
him in status, and by means of a word he speaks he may
be doomed to Hell.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a
watcher by him ready (to record it)"
al-Bukhaari (5996) and Muslim (5304) narrated from Abu
Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and
peace of Allaah be upon him) said: " A person may
speak a word, not realizing what he is saying, and he
will fall because of it into the Fire further than the
distance between the East and West."
Al-Tirmidhi (2241) narrated in a report which he
classed as saheeh, that Bilaal ibn al-Haarith said: I
heard the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of
Allaah be upon him) say: "One of you may speak a word
that pleases Allaah, and not know how far it reaches,
but Allaah will decree that He is pleased with him
until the Day he meets Him. And one of you may speak a
word that angers Allaah, and not know how far it
reaches, but Allaah will decree that He is angry with
him, until the Day he meets Him."
Al-Nasaa'i (3712) narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn
Buraydah that his father said: the Messenger of Allaah
(blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said:
"Whoever says ‘I have nothing to do with Islam' and is
lying, he is as he said, and if he is telling the
truth, he will never come back to Islam soundly."
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa' (2576).
Communism is a kind of atheism that is based on denial
of the existence of God and veneration of the
material, which it regards as the basis of all things.
It does not value religion in general, any religion.
Rather they regard religion as people's problems or as
they say, the opium of the people, meaning that it
distracts them from their material aims which form the
basis of their ideology.
Undoubtedly this is one of the most dangerous kinds of
kufr in the modern age, by which many people have been
deceived and which has persecuted many people of
religious commitment and faith.
Undoubtedly what is required of everyone who hears of
this ideology and finds out about it is to reject it
and to disavow himself of it and of its people before
Allaah. Veneration of this ideology, belief in it,
promotion of it or love of it and its people cannot
coexist with faith in the heart of anyone.
The one who joins them when he is aware of them and of
the misguidance that they follow is a disbeliever in
Allaah the Almighty. If the one who says these words
is ignorant of the basis of their ideology or has been
deceived by their claims with regard to social and
economic matters and their claims to care for the
poor, to help them and to guarantee their rights, then
he must be told of the real nature of this ideology
and the danger it poses to religious commitment and
faith, and that Allaah has made His slaves
independent, by means of the laws that He has revealed
to them, of the need for any religion, sect or
ideology other than that.
We suggest that any advice given to those who have
been deceived by this ideology should be given in a
kind and gentle manner, debating in a good way and
explaining the evidence for that from sharee'ah. The
one who is engages in that should have sufficient
understanding of this kaafir ideology and be skilled
in debating and arguing, because most of those who are
deceived by this ideology are very capable in argument
If he is indeed ignorant of this group and its
origins, or he is ignorant of how it conflicts with
the faith that is required of people, then he is
excused for his ignorance. But if he persists, after
things are explained to him, then he is a kaafir and
We ask Allaah to protect our faith and to help us
avoid fitnah, both apparent and hidden.