Nawaaqid Al-Islam – Nullifiers of Islam By the Noble Shaykh Muhammad ibn AbdulWahhaab

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the All-Merciful.

Know that the Nullifiers of Islaam are ten.

First: Shirk (associating partners) in the worship of Allaah. Allaah says: “Verily, Allaah does not forgive that partners be associated with Him in worship (i.e. Shirk), but He forgives what is less than that to whom He wills.” *Surah An-Nisaa: 116] And He says: “Verily, the one who mixes partners in worship with Allaah (Shirk), then Paradise has been made forbidden for him and his final abode will be the Hellfire. And the wrongdoers will not have any helpers (in Hell).” *Surah Al-Maa’idah: 72+ What falls into this is performing sacrifices to someone other than Allaah,
such as the person who offers a sacrifice to the Jinn or to a grave.

Second: Whoever places intermediaries between himself and Allaah, calling unto them and asking intercession from them, and seeking reliance in them, has committed disbelief according to the unanimous agreement (Ijmaa’).

Third: Whoever does not hold the polytheists to be disbelievers, or has doubts about their disbelief or considers their ways and beliefs to be correct, has committed disbelief.

Fourth: Whoever believes that some guidance other than that of the Prophet’s ﷺ is more complete than his guidance and that someone else’s judgement is better than his judgement, such as the one who prefers the judgement of the Tawaagheet (pl. of Taaghoot; false deities/religions) over his judgement, then he is a disbeliever.
Fifth: Whoever hates something that the Messenger came with, even though he may act on it, has disbelieved.

Fifth: Whoever hates something that the Messenger came with, even though he may act on it, has disbelieved.

Sixth: Whoever mocks or ridicules any part of the Messenger’s Religion or its rewards or punishments has committed an act of disbelief. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement:

“Say: ‘Was it Allaah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuses, you have disbelieved after having had faith.”  
[Surah At-Tawbah: 65-66]

Seventh: Sorcery, which includes magic spells that cause a person to hate something he seeks after (sarf) or love something he doesn’t seek after (‘atf). So whoever performs it or is pleased with it being done, has committed disbelief. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement:

“And neither of these two (angels) would teach anyone until they had first said to them: ‘We are only a trial (for the people), so do not commit disbelief.’”  
[Surah Al-Baqarah: 102]

Eighth: Supporting and assisting the polytheists against the Muslims. The proof for this is Allaah’s statement:

“And whoever amongst you takes them (i.e. the disbelievers) as allies and protectors then he is indeed from among them. Verily, Allaah does not guide a wrong-doing people.” 
[Surah Al- Maa’idah: 51]

Ninth: Whoever believes that it is permitted for some people to be free of (implementing) the Sharee’ah (revealed laws) of Muhammad (i.e. Islaam), just as it was permitted for Al-Khidr to be free from the Sharee’ah of Moosaa, then he is a disbeliever.

Tenth: Turning away from Allaah’s Religion, not learning it or implementing it
(is an act of disbelief). The proof for this is Allaah’s saying:

“And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the ayaat (signs/verses) of his Lord, then turns away from them. Verily, We shall extract retribution from the criminals.” 
[Surah As-Sajdah: 22]

There is no difference, with regard to (committing any of) these nullifiers, between the one who jokes, the one who is serious or the one who does so out of fear. The one who commits them due to being coerced (is excused). All of these (ten) matters are from the gravest in danger and from those that most often occur. So the Muslim must beware of them and fear from these acts befalling him. We seek refuge in Allaah from those things that bring about His Anger and painful Punishment. May the peace and blessing be on the best of His creatures, Muhammad ﷺ.

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Explanation of Kitab at-Tawhid [Urdu] Book & Audio

Explanation of Kitab al-Tawhid (URDU) Book & Audio

Kitab at-Tawheed book of Tauheed by Sheikh-ul-Islam Muhammad Ibn Abdil-Wahhab

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Sacrificing for other than Allah

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab
From Kitaab at-Tauhid (Chapters 10 & 11)

Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala said, “Say, ‘My salat, my prayer, indeed my whole life and death are to Allaah, Lord of the universe, to whom there is no associate.'” (Qur’aan 6:163-164)

and “Address therefore your prayers to your Lord, and slaughter (in His name)” (Qur’aan 108:2).

In his Saheeh, Muslim relates from Alee radiallaahu ‘anhu the following: “The prophet of Allaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam gave four judgements; Admonition to him who slaughters in the name of anyone other than Allaah! Admonition to him who curses his parents! Admonition to him who shelters the perpetrators of a crime incurring a divine sanction! Admonition to him who unjustly alters the frontiers of personal land properties.”

Ahmad reports that Tariq ibn Shihab related that the Prophet of Allaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: ‘Flies provided the circumstances for a man to go to paradise and for another to go to hell. When he was asked to explain how that was possible, the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Two men passed by a people who had an idol to which they prescribed an oblation for every person seeking to go through their territory. When the first objected that he had nothing to sacrifice to the idol, the people told him he had to sacrifice something even if it were a few flies. So he caught a few flies, sacrificed them and let through. Naturally he was consigned to hell. When another was required to sacrifice something, he objected that he would never sacrifice aught to anyone but Allaah. They killed him, and he of course went to paradise.’

Issues addressed in this chapter:

1.Explanation of the verse ‘Say, My salat my prayer, indeed my whole life and death…’ (Qur’aan 108:2)

2. Explanation of the verse ‘Address therefore your prayers to your Lord, and slaughter in His name’ (Qur’aan 6:163-164)

3. Cursing whomsoever slaughters in any other name than Allaah’s

4. Cursing whomever curses his parents, including the person who invites such curse by cursing somebody else’s parents and thus eliciting a reciprocal cursing of his own

5. Cursing whoever shelters the muhdith i.e. the perpetrator of a crime incurring divine sanction, with a view to enable him to escape punishment

6. Cursing whomsoever alters unjustly the frontiers of personal land properties, and thus continues them to achieve illegitimate advantage

7. Difference between cursing a definite person for a definite crime and cursing the perpetrators of crimes in general

8. The significant story of the flies

9.That the person who sacrificed flies to the idol to avoid the threat of the idolaters went to hell though he did not approve of his own deed

10. Assessing the degree of shirk within the hearts of Muslims. Their patient suffering of martyrdom and resistance to the demand of the idolaters through the latter only required only the external act.

11. That he who entered hell was a Muslim. Otherwise the Prophet would not have said that the man entered hell merely for sacrificing flies

12. This story constitutes evidence for another hadith viz ‘Paradise is closer to man than his own soles. And so is hell’

13. That the work of the heart is the greater requirement, even among idolators.

NO SLAUGHTER IN THE NAME OF ALLAAH WHERE SLAUGHTER IN ANOTHER NAME IS PRACTISED

Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala said: ‘Do not even stand therein.’ (Qur’aan 9:108)

Abu Dawood related that Thabit ibn al Dahhak radiallaahu ‘anhu said: ‘A man made a vow to sacrifice a camel at a place called Buwanah, and sought the Prophet’s permission to do so. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam asked, Does this place have an idol such as those of Jahilliyyah? The man answered, no. The Prophet asked again, Did the unbelievers hold any of their feasts at that place? Again the man answered, no. The Prophet then said, Go ahead and fulfil your vow. The vows which ought not to be fulfilled are those which involve disobedience to Allaah, or fulfilment of what is beyond man’s capacity.’

Issues addressed in this chapter:

1. Explanation of the verse ‘Do not stand therein.’ (Qur’aan 9:108)

2. That disobedience to Allaah, as well as obedience are without real effects in the world

3. Reference of the questionable problem to the clear one, for solution by extrapolation

4. Permissibility of asking the mufti for details wherever there is need

5. Vows specifying the place of fulfilment are legitimate aslong as no legal hinderances intervene

6. Illegitimacy of fulfilling a vow at a place where an idol stands, or had once stood

7. Illegitimacy of fulfilling a vow where unbelievers held a celebration, though the practise is presently extinct

8. Illegitimacy of fulfilling a vow made on such a spot because the vow is ipso facto illegitimate

9. Caution against imitating the unbelievers in their celebrations, even if unwittingly

10. No vow is legitimate if its content is illegitimate

11. No vow is legitimate for a man if it demands fulfilment of what he cannot do

Four Basic Rules of Pure Monotheism

Based on an essay by
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab

Almighty God, Lord of the Glorious Throne, I pray that He may guide you in this world and the next; that He may always bless you; that He may make you one of those who recognize His bounty, who remain firm in face of adversity, and who repent and seek His forgiveness if they disobey or sin. These three characteristics are the indices of felicity and blessedness.

Know that pure worship and monotheism, which is the religion of Abraham, consists of worshipping God alone, of dedicating yourself sincerely to serving Him. God said:

“I have not created jinn and men but to worship Me” [Qur’ân 51:56].

Once you know that God has created you to serve Him, you will realize that there can be no service except with Pure Monotheism (Arabic: Tawhid). Just as there is no formal prayer without purity, and there is no purity with uncleanliness, so there is no worship of God while worshipping others along with Him (Arabic: Shirk). By associating others with Almighty God, man’s worship is spoilt, his deeds are vain and he is doomed to eternal Hellfire. If you are cognizant of all this, you will realize that your most important care should be to have all the knowledge pertinent thereto, that God may save you from Hell’s terrible abyss. Almighty God said:

“God will not forgive any the association of anything with Him; but He will forgive any lesser offense to whomsoever He chooses” [Qur’ân 4:47, 115].

It should be mentioned that Almighty God will forgive those who have ascribed partners Him, or worshipped others along with Him, if they repent from doing it before they die].

Such pertinent knowledge consists of four basic rules, elaborated in Almighty God’s Holy Book.

First Rule:

The first rule is the knowledge that the unbelieving pagans whom the Prophet Muhammad, the peace and grace of God be upon him, opposed, did acknowledge that Almighty God – May He be glorified – is indeed the Creator, Provider and Maker of this world. However, this did not make them Muslims. Evidence therefore is in the verse:

“Ask them: ‘Who sends down for you your provision from the sky and grows it out of the earth? Who hears your prayer and sees your condition? Who brings the living out of the dead and the dead out of the living? Who directs the course of the world?’ They will answer: ‘God.’ Answer: ‘Would you then not fulfill your duty to Him?'” [Qur’ân 10:32].

Second Rule:

The second rule is to know that the unbelievers claim that they do not pray to their objects of worship and call on them except to the end that they may intercede on their behalf with God, as the verse said:

“Those who worshipped others as patrons beside God, claiming that they did so only to come through their intercession nearer to Him, will receive the judgment of God in the matter they contend. God will not guide the ingrate, the liar” [Qur’ân 39:3].

Evidence regarding intercession is in the verse:

“They serve beside God beings which can neither benefit nor harm, claiming, ‘These are our intercessors with God.'” [Qur’ân 10:18]

There are two kinds of intercession, one illegitimate and the other legitimate. The former is that which is sought from sources other than God regarding matters where all the power lies in God alone. Evidence for this is-in the verse:

“O men who believe, spend of that which We have provided for you before the Day when there will be neither sale nor purchase, neither favors nor intercession. The unbelievers are themselves unjust.” [Qur’ân 2:254]

The legitimate intercession is that which is asked of Almighty God, where the intercessor receives his power from Him, and the interceded for is he whom God is pleased to accept as such for his word and deed. Almighty God said:

“No one may intercede with God except by His permission” [Qur’ân 2:55].

Third Rule:

The third rule is the knowledge that the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and give him peace, appeared among people of many religious traditions. Some worshipped angels; others worshipped the prophets and saints of God; others worshipped trees and stones, sun and moon. All of these peoples were fought by him, as they must, relentlessly without distinction. Evidence therefore is in the following Qur’ânic verses:

“And fight them, that there may be no aberration in religion, and all religion belongs to Almighty God” [Qur’ân 2:193].

“Day and night, sun and moon, are His creation and sign. Do not .worship the sun or the moon, but God, their Creator, if you seek the truth” [Qur’ân 41:37].

“Almighty God does not command you to take the angels and prophets as Lords” [Qur’ân 3:80].

“And God said to Jesus, son of Mary: ‘Did you ask men to take you and your mother for objects of worship beside Almighty God?’ He answered: ‘Praise be to You, O God! How can I have asked that which is not mine to ask? If I did, You know it and all that is in my mind. I do not know what is in Your mind, O Transcendent, All- Knowing God! I have not conveyed to them except what You have commanded me to convey, namely, Worship and serve God, my and your only Lord. I was a witness for You in their midst. When You caused me to die, You took over the witnessing on them as well as on all else. If You punish them, they are Your creatures; and if You forgive them, You are the Mighty, the Wise” [Qur’ân 5:116-118].

“Those unto whom they pray [i.e., the saints] themselves seek an avenue to their Lord’s mercy, compete in coming close to Almighty God, and fear His punishment. Punishment of your Lord is certainly to be shunned” [Qur’ân 17:57].

“Have you considered al-Lat, al-‘Uzza and the third one Manat? (The names of false gods which were worshipped by the pre-Islamic Arabs) Are yours the males and His the females? Is this not ridiculous? All of them are but names which you have named, following the example of your ancestors. God gave no voucher for them. You follow but a guess and your own desires” [Qur’ân 53:19-23]

Fourth Rule:

The people who associate partners with Almighty God, in both belief and worship, in our own day are worse and hence more guilty than those of pre-Islamic times. For, the ancient ones used to only worship others besides God in prosperity and return to genuine faith in adversity, whereas the present day associationists are constant in their unbelief, regardless of prosperity or adversity. Evidence for this is in the Qur’ânic verse:

“And when they ride in barks [in stormy seas] they address their prayers to Almighty God in complete sincerity, but relapse into shirk (i.e. associating partners with Him) when they reach the shore” [Qur’ân 29:65].

May the peace and blessings of Almighty God be upon Muhammad, his Companions and all those who follow him until the Last Day.