Protect his Islam: Avoid Apostasy and Blasphemy

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

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In Surat At-Tawbah, Ayah 74, Allâh said:

﴿ يَحْلِفُونَ بِاللَّهِ مَا قَالُوا وَلَقَدْ قَالُوا كَلِمَةَ الْكُفْرِ وَكَفَرُوا بَعْدَ إِسْلامِهِمْ ﴾

which means: « They swear by Allāh that they did not utter, and they have said the word of blasphemy and blasphemed after having been Muslims. » This ayah reflects that category of apostasy pertaining to sayings.

Allâh ta`âlâ said: The ayah

﴿ وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ قُلْ أَبِاللّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِؤُونَ {65} لاَ تَعْتَذِرُواْ قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَآئِفَةٍ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَآئِفَةً بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُواْ مُجْرِمِينَ {66} ﴾

that means: « If they were questioned they would say we were just talking and joking. Say to them: Is it Allāh, his ayat and messenger you were belittling!! Do not give any excuse. You committed blaspheme after you had the belief. » [Surat At-Tawbah 65-66]

The Prophet salla l-Lâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

« إِنَّ الْعَبْدَ لَيَتَكَلَّمُ بِالْكَلِمَةِ لاَ يَرَى بِهَا بَأْسًا يَهْوِي بِهَا فِي النَّارِ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا »

which means: « A person may utter a word he thinks is harmless, which results in his falling the depth of 70 years into Hellfire. » [Related by at-Tirmidhiyy]

The depth of 70 years falling is the bottom of Hellfire, and it is a place that only the blasphemers will reach. This Hadith is explicit in showing uttering a word of blasphemy renders a person a non Muslim, even if he does not deem that word harmful or a sin as such. This Hadith also shows that it is not a condition for committing blasphemy that the blasphemous saying be combined with either the belief in that saying or an action. The Prophet did not say: ‘A person might utter a word and believe in it…’ Nor did he say: ‘A person might utter a word and act in blasphemy…’ Nor did he say: ‘A person might utter a word in seriousness…’ Rather, he said: ‘A person might utter a word he thinks harmless…' In the same way Uttering blasphemous words out of anger does not excuse a person from committing blasphemy.

Thus becomes a blasphemer who attributes to God the son, even if he said it by joking or under the effect of anger or by not aiming at the true meaning of the word son and even the one who attributes to God the space or time or change or organs or mood or direction or whatever is attributes of creatures. In the same way, becomes a disbeliever whoever claims to be a non-Muslim or support the blasphemy or approves it or denies the law of God or belittles it or one of the prophets or angels, or attributes to him blasphemy.

To return to Islam the person must abandon the blasphemy and pronounce the two testimonies: there is no god except God and Muḥammad is the messenger of God.

Allâh ta`âlâ said:

﴿ إِنَّمَا النَّسِيءُ زِيَادَةٌ فِي الْكُفْرِ يُضَلُّ بِهِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يُحِلُّونَهُ عَامًا وَيُحَرِّمُونَهُ عَامًا لِّيُوَاطِئُوا عِدَّةَ مَا حَرَّمَ اللَّـهُ فَيُحِلُّوا مَا حَرَّمَ اللَّـهُ زُيِّنَ لَهُمْ سُوءُ أَعْمَالِهِمْ وَاللَّـهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْكَافِرِينَ (37)﴾

this verse 37 of Surat At-tawbah speaks about the disbelievers who have increased in disbelief by making lawful what God has forbidden, so this is a proof that disbelief is increasing and that it is not permissible to help the disbeliever making blasphemy neither with deeds nor with words.

Use a reported speech to report word contrary to Islam

The good intention is not enough if the word or the act involves clear blasphemy, in this case it is necessary to use the reported speech before saying the sentence which comprises a blasphemy.

In Islam if someone wants to report word contrary to Islam, he must use the reported speech by saying for example the author said or someone said so-and-so. Similarly in writing, he must write the author said before reporting what is contrary to Islam. Similarly, the reported speech is used before playing an audio or a video in which it is mentioned things contrary to Islam and before displaying writings contrary to Islam on a screen or before printing them, by saying for example I show what the author said…

The proof of the reported speech is mentioned in the Qur’ân. Allâh said:

﴿ وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ عُزَيْرٌ ابْنُ اللَّهِ وَقَالَتِ النَّصَارَى الْمَسِيحُ ابْنُ اللَّهِ ﴾

Which means: « The Jews said `uzayr is son of God and the Christians said Messiah is son of God. » [Surat At-Tawbah, ‘âyah 30] and in many other verses.

The Prophet Muḥammad Salla lLâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:

« أَكْثَرُ خَطَايَا ابْنِ آدَمَ مِنْ لِسَانِهِ »

which means: « Most of the sins of the sons of Adam are from his tongue. » [Related by at-Tabaraniyy]. Among these are great sins and blasphemy.

See: Protect his Faith: Avoid Apostasy, Blasphemy, Disbelief

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