Spouse Cursed Islam In A Moment Of
Intense Anger – What Is The Ruling On That?
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A man cursed Islam in a moment of intense
anger – what is the ruling on that? What are the
conditions of repentance from this action? Is his
marriage to his wife annulled as a result?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The ruling on one who curses Islam is that he is a
kaafir, because cursing Islam or making fun of it
constitutes apostasy from Islam and disbelief in
Allaah and in His religion. Allaah tells us of some
people who made fun of Islam and then said. "We were
just joking and playing," but Allaah tells us that
this joking and playing is in fact mocking Allaah, His
signs and His Messenger, and that they were committing
kufr thereby. Allaah says (interpretation of the
"If you ask them (about this), they declare: ‘We were
only talking idly and joking.' Say: ‘Was it at Allaah,
and His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons,
signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger that you
66. Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had
[al-Tawbah 9:65, 66]
Mocking the religion of Allaah, or cursing the
religion of Allaah, or insulting Allaah and His
Messenger, or making fun of them, is kufr that puts
one beyond the pale of Islam. However there is room
for repentance from that, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
"Say: O ‘Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed
against themselves (by committing evil deeds and
sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily,
Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving,
If a person repents from any kind of apostasy and his
repentance is sincere and meets all the conditions of
repentance, then Allaah will accept his repentance.
There are five conditions of repentance, which are as
1 – Being sincere towards Allaah in repentance, i.e.,
the motive for repentance should not be a desire to
show off, or fear of another person, or the hope for
some worldly gain to be made by repenting. If a
person's repentance is sincerely for the sake of
Allaah alone, and the motive for it is fear of Allaah
and fear of His punishment and hope for His reward,
then it is sincerely for Allaah alone.
2 – He must regret what he has done of sin, by feeling
remorse and sorrow for what has happened in the past,
and he should regard it as a serious matter that he
has to give up.
3 – He must give up the sin and stop persisting in it.
If his sin was omission of an obligatory duty, he must
start doing it and make it up if he can. If his sin
was commission of a forbidden action he must give it
up and keep away from it. If his sin had to do with
other people, then he must restore their rights to
them or ask for their pardon.
4 – He must resolve not to go back to it in the
future, by having the determination in his heart not
to go back to the sin from which he has repented.
5 – His repentance must come at the time when it will
be accepted. If it comes after that time it will not
be accepted. The time of acceptance is general and
The general time is when the sun rises from the west;
repentance that comes after the sun rises from the
west will not be accepted, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
"The day that some of the Signs of your Lord do come,
no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he
believed not before, nor earned good (by performing
deeds of righteousness) through his Faith. Say: Wait
you! we (too) are waiting"
The specific time is when death is imminent. When
death is imminent repentance will be of no benefit,
because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And of no effect is the repentance of those who
continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of
them and he says: ‘Now I repent;' nor of those who die
while they are disbelievers"
I say: if a person repents from any sin – even if that
is cursing Islam – then his repentance will be
accepted if he meets the conditions mentioned here.
But it should be noted that a word may be an act of
kufr or apostasy, but the one who says it may not
become a kaafir thereby, if there is a factor present
which means that he cannot be judged to be a kaafir.
Here we have a man who tells us that he cursed Islam
whilst in a state of anger. We say to him: If your
anger was so intense that you did not know what you
were saying, and at that point you did not know if you
were in heaven or on earth, and you said words without
thinking or knowing what they were, then these words
are not subject to any ruling, and you cannot be
judged to be an apostate, because these words were not
spoken intentionally. If a word is spoken
unintentionally, Allaah will not punish a person for
it. Allaah says concerning vows (interpretation of the
"Allaah will not punish you for what is unintentional
in your oaths, but He will punish you for your
If this person who spoke words of kufr in a moment of
intense anger did not know what he was saying, then
there is no ruling on his words, and he cannot be
judged to be an apostate in this case. As he is not
judged to be an apostate, his marriage to his wife is
not annulled, rather she is still married to him.
But if a person feels angry he should try to
counteract this anger in the ways prescribed by the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
when a man asked him, "O Messenger of Allaah, advise
me." He said: "Do not get angry," and he repeated it
several times, saying, "Do not get angry." So he must
exercise self-control and seek refuge with Allaah from
the accursed Shaytaan. If he is standing, he should
sit down; if he is sitting, he should lie down. If his
anger grows too intense, he should do wudoo'. All
these things will take away his anger. How many people
have regretted acting upon their anger, but it was too
Majmoo' Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthyameen, 2/152.