He Insults Islam – Should He Be Friends
With him? How Should He Deal With Him?
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
I have a friend who insults Islam and says
bad things to me in Ramadaan. How should I deal with
him? He is always with me and is always saying these
Praise be to Allaah.
Insulting Allaah or Islam is major kufr which puts a
person beyond the pale of Islam. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
"Say: Was it at Allaah and His Ayaat (proofs,
evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.)
and His Messenger that you were mocking?"
66. Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had
What you have to do is to remind this slanderer and
advise him, and warn him that all his good deeds are
to no avail, and that if he does not repent, he will
meet Allaah when he is guilty of major kufr.
Tell him that the punishment that he deserves in this
world is execution, because the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever
changes his religion, execute him." Narrated by al-Bukhaari,
Tell him that he must come back to Islam, and that if
he comes back and repents, Allaah will accept his
If he responds, then all well and good, but if he does
not respond, it is not permissible for you to stay
with him when he is insulting Islam.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked about the ruling on
staying among people who insult Allaah, may He be
It is not permissible to stay with people who are
insulting Allaah, may He be glorified, because Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And it has already been revealed to you in the Book
(this Qur'aan) that when you hear the Verses of Allaah
being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them,
until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if
you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would
be like them. Surely, Allaah will collect the
hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell"
And Allaah is the Source of strength. End quote.
Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/question
It should be noted that bad company will bring nothing
but evil, so protect yourself against that. The
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
likened a bad companion to the one who operates the
bellows: either he will burn your clothes, or you will
notice a foul smell from him.
It was narrated from Abu Moosa (may Allaah be pleased
with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: "The likeness of a good
companion and a bad companion is that of one who
carries musk and one who works the bellows. With the
carrier of musk, either he will give you some or you
will buy some from him, or you will notice a good
smell from him; as for the one who works the bellows,
either he will burn your clothes or you will notice a
bad smell from him." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5543;
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
In this hadeeth the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) likened a good companion to the
one who carries musk, and the bad companion to one who
works the bellows. It points to the virtue of sitting
with righteous, good and honourable people, people of
good attitude, awareness, knowledge and manners, and
indicates that it is not allowed to sit with evil
people and followers of innovation, those who backbite
about people or who are foul-mouthed and have nothing
better to do, and other blameworthy things. End quote.
Sharh Muslim, 16/178
In conclusion: You have to advise this person who
lives with you, who has fallen into major kufr because
of his insulting Islam, and who has committed a major
sin by insulting you. If he responds to your advice
and mends his ways, then stay with him and help him to
discipline himself, but if he does not respond, then
there is nothing good for you in remaining friends
And Allaah knows best.