As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Making fun of anything in which Allah, the Qur'aan or the Messenger is mentioned leads to disbelief whether one intends it or not

Abdullah Ibn Umar said, 'During the battle of Tabuk, a man was sitting in a gathering and said, 'I have never seen like these reciters of ours! They have the hungriest stomachs, the most lying tongues and are the most cowardice in battle.' A man in the Masjid (mosque) said, 'you lie, you are a hypocrite, and I will surely inform the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam).' This statement was conveyed to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) and also, a part of the Qur'aan was revealed about it.' Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'I have seen that man afterwards holding onto the shoulders of the Messenger's camel while stones were falling on him, declaring, 'O Allah's Messenger! We were only engaged in idle talk and jesting,' while the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) was reciting, 'If you ask them (about this), they declare, 'We were only talking idly and joking.' Say, 'Was it at Allah, and His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger (r) that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you have 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, etc.).' [Soorah Tawbah (9): 65-66]

This verse is a textual proof that the person who mocks Allah, the Messenger or the Ayaat of Allah - meaning the legislative relations of Allah, i.e. the Qur'aan, then this mocker is a disbeliever and his making excuses that he was just joking and playing does not benefit him.

'Tawheed is submission, compliance, acceptance and honoring, whereas, mocking and making fun of anything that contains the mention of Allah, the Qur'aan and the Messenger is opposed to it because it is contrary to honoring. For this reason, it is major disbelief in Allah, however, with its principle condition, which is that mocking, degrading, making fun and teasing is at Allah or His Messenger or the Qur'aan. If the mocking is at the religion, then that is excluded from this, as mocking the religion contains different classifications. Is the intent of the mocking actually the religion of Islam? If so, then this is disbelief (Kufr). It could be that this reviler, or curser or mocker of the religion intends the religious (practice) of the person who is being mocked and he does not fundamentally mean to mock the Islamic religion. In this case, his mocking is not directed at one of the three (Allah, the Qur'aan and the Messenger).' [Ghayatul-Murid fi-Sharh Kitab at-Tawheed by Shaikh Salih Ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Aali Shaikh]<

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