Pretending to be praying Salah

CategoriesSalaah [724]

Fatwa ID: 01455

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

Pretending to be praying Salah.

Answer:

Bismillah

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

According to the Shariah, Kufr is the opposite of Imaan, from those things upon which it is imperative to bring Imaan upon to have doubt or not to accept any one of them is termed as kufr.

Kufr is to refute any commandments of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), which is absolute and definite, or to have doubt or reservations about it, which has reached us through the medium of the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

The condition of absolute and definite has been added, since the laws of Deen have reached us via two ways: one by way of Tawatur and another by way of Khabr Ahaad. Tawatur are those narrations that have reached us via the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), through a continuous and unbroken chain of narrators. From the time of the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) until the present in every era, some reliable Muslims reported these narrations. Such things are absolute and definite and it is kufr, to reject and refute the validity of salah, zakaat etc. To jeer and degrade the Shariah is also kufr because these things are from the Quran and Ahadith Mutawatir.

All types of Kufr are based on five things:

  1. Atheism. To attribute the entire universe and everything in it to matter and its movements. To regard the entire universe and all its workings as being self-existent and there is no creator and facilitator.
  2. Taleel. Some philosophers accept the existence of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), but they say that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is self-existent and is the reason (catalyst) for the universe.
  3. Tashbeeh. There are those who accept for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) the same qualities and limbs that are prevalent in man.
  4. Tashreek Fiz zaat. To ascribe some partner to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)s ever existent and eternal being.
  5. Thashreek Fit Tadbeer- is to accept some other being as partners to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) in his governing and planning of the universe.

(Aqaaidul Islam p.169 –p.170 & p.182 – p.183)

With regards to your question, a person will not be kafir through the aforementioned actions.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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