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Disbelief and Polytheism

Disbelief and Polytheism

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- Allah (swt) says,

“Remember Abraham said: "O my Lord! Make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols.”

This verse carries an important lesson for all believers. That is that Ibrahim (as), the infallible prophet of Tawheed, despite being guaranteed paradise and safety from sin and despite both his sons being prophets like him, was afraid that they all may become disbelievers and polytheists without even realising. For greater reason, it is imperative that every ordinary Muslim be terrified of committing al-Kufr or al-Shirk or any action that will take him out of the fold of Islam. The prophet T warned us that,

“… a man will wake up as a believer and will meet the night as a disbeliever, until people divide into two camps: A camp of belief that contains no hypocrisy, and a camp of hypocrisy that contains no belief.”

Verily this is a frightening Hadith for any true believer. That is why it is so important to learn about the things that can take you out of the fold of Islam in order to be on guard and protect ourselves from that.

This is a valid concern and an important step in safeguarding our Deen. For this reason, this next chapter is about matters that will decrease or negate your Imaan.







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1. Polytheism

You must know not to associate anything with Allah.

2. Disbelief

You must know the things which make you a disbeliever.

3. Apostasy

You must know not to commit apostasy (i.e. to become an apostate [Murtad] after you had Imaan).

4. Hypocrisy

You must know the things that make you a hypocrite. The hypocrite is the one who disbelieves in Islam in his heart and yet he shows outwardly his Imaan.

5. Mocking the Prophets

You must know not to insult any Prophet or Messengers.

6. Rejecting what is known by necessity

You must know not to reject anything known by necessity in Islam.

7. Fortunetelling

You must know not to indulge in fortunetelling. The Kaahin is the one who claims that he knows what will happen in the future or that he knows the Ghaib (the unseen). He performs al-Kahaanah – predicting the future.

8. Going to Palm Readers

You must know not to indulge in palm reading.

9. Horoscopes

You must know neither to believe in horoscopes nor to deal with people involved with them.

10. Superstition / Pessimism

You must know not to be pessimistic/superstitious.

11. Negativity

You must know not to be negative.

12. Oaths upon other than Allah

You must know not to take an oath except if you invoke Allah's name.

13. Showing off

You must know not to show-off.

14. Innovation

You must know not to innovate anything in the Deen.