Showing Disrespect To Allaah, May He Be Glorified, By Of Joking
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question deals with a friend of mine who was
ignorantly joking. When my friend was teased by
another friend he ignorantly picked up his phone out
of joking and said I have to tell Allah. Then he said
on the phone "Hello, Allah" as to tell Allah. I know
this is incorrect but is this shirk?
Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah is based on respect and veneration of Him and
submission to Him. Hence Allaah criticized the kaafirs
and stated that they associated others with Him
because they did not make a just estimate of Allaah
such as is due to Him, as He says (interpretation of
"They made not a just estimate of Allaah such as is
due to Him. And on the Day of Resurrection the whole
of the earth will be grasped by His Hand and the
heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified
be He, and High be He above all that they associate as
partners with Him!"
Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, is the
Almighty, by Whose might the heavens might almost be
rent asunder, as He says (interpretation of the
"Nearly the heavens might be rent asunder from above
them (by His Majesty), and the angels glorify the
praises of their Lord, and ask for forgiveness for
those on the earth. Verily, Allaah is the
Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful"
Anyone who studies the creation of Allaah will see
some of the signs of His greatness. The Prophet (Peace
And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said, describing
the Kursiy (Footstool) and Throne: "The seven heavens,
in comparison to the Footstool, are like a ring lying
in the wilderness, and the superiority of the Throne
to the Footstool is like the superiority of that
wilderness to that ring." Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (1/223).
Veneration of Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted,
cannot co-exist in one heart with mockery of Him.
Hence mocking Allaah, may He be exalted, or His verses
or Messengers is kufr, no matter what form it takes,
whether it is in earnest or in jest. Allaah says in
Soorat al-Tawbah (interpretation of the meaning):
"The hypocrites fear lest a Soorah (chapter of the
Qur'aan) should be revealed about them, showing them
what is in their hearts. Say: '(Go ahead and) mock!
But certainly Allaah will bring to light all that you
65. If you ask them (about this), they declare: 'We
were only talking idly and joking.' Say: 'Was it at
Allaah (S.W.T), and His Ayaat (proofs, evidences,
verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His
Messenger (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him)
that you were mocking?'
66. Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had
believed. If We pardon some of you, We will punish
others amongst you because they were Mujrimoon
(disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals)"
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: This shows that
mocking Allaah and His verses and signs is kufr and
this verse indicates that the one who belittles the
Messenger of Allaah in earnest or in jest is a kaafir.
Al-Saarim al-Maslool (2/70).
Al-Qaadi Abu Bakr ibn al-'Arabi said in Ahkaam al-Qur'aan
commenting on this verse: What they – the hypocrites –
said must have been either in earnest or in jest, but
no matter what it was, it is kufr, because joking
about kufr is also kufr, and there is no difference of
opinion concerning this among the ummah. End quote.
The great scholar al-Sa'di said: Mocking Allaah and
His Messenger is kufr which puts one beyond the pale
of Islam, because the religion is based on veneration
of Allaah and of His religion and His Messengers, and
mocking any of that is contrary to this principle and
is diametrically opposed to it.
What this man said, in which he showed disrespect
towards Allaah – exalted be He far above what the
wrongdoers say – and spoke as if he regarded Allaah as
equal in status to a human being and thought that he
could address Him as such, is kufr, as anyone who has
the slightest knowledge of the religion of Allaah
would realize, and no one would do that but one who is
extremely ignorant or a man whose heart has no
knowledge of Allaah and no respect for Him.
Then he added to his mockery and said "I must tell
Allaah." Does Allaah, may He be exalted, need to be
told anything by an ignorant wrongdoer?!
"Truly, nothing is hidden from Allaah, in the earth or
in the heaven"
[Aal 'Imraan 3:5]
This wretch has to renew his faith and enter Islam
again, and repent to Allaah from this blatant kufr.
For the rest of his life he must do a lot of good and
righteous deeds, as much as he can, in the hope that
Allaah may pardon him and forgive him for his
ignorance and transgression.
And Allaah knows best.