The Ramadhaan of the Saintly Elders

The Ramadhaan of the Saintly Elders

This is an excellent Kitaab of Maulana Zakariyya Kandhalvi رحمة الله عليه on how the `Ulamaa of Deoband of the past used to spend their Ramadhaan. It is available online as a PDF in both the original Urdu as well as the English translation. The English translation was done by the late Maulana Yusuf Karaan.

For the original Urdu, click here:

For the English translation by Maulana Yusuf Karaan رحمة الله عليه, click here:

Performing Salaah Behind Proponents of Interfaith

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ


Performing Salaah Behind Proponents of Interfaith



السلام عليكم”

The scourge of interfaith in the West is as potent as ever.

What protocol should Muslims in The United States follow in dealing with this matter, particularly when it comes to praying behind Imams who have either openly expressed advocacy for interfaith movements or are affiliated with masajid whose senior board members openly and unapologetically propagate this haze of kufr to the masses?

Members of my community are concerned as to how we should go about fulfilling our salat in congregation with the lack of a proper musallah. Our local masjid has a history of calling the police on Muslims and we are hesitant to form a separate Jamaa on the premises.

Jazakhallu khairan.

Wa salaam”


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

:الجواب بسم الله ملهم الصواب


The very first thing to understand is that interfaith is blatant kufr. Interfaith has two cardinal “articles of faith”, which are:

1) No religion is the absolute truth.

2) All religions are equal.

Whosoever holds this belief is a murtadd. The interfaith movement was created at the behest of Shaytaan, and its ultimate goal is the destruction of Islaam.

All of the so-called “Ulamaa” who take part in the interfaith kufr are in reality “Ulamaa-e-Soo'”, or rather “Juhalaa-e-Soo” (Morons of Evil), because they lack even basic knowledge of Islaam. Every single person who takes part in “interfaith”, without exception, is involved in kufr, and such people are not Ulamaa. Do not take them as Ulamaa. Do not take your Deen from them.

Such people cannot be Imaams in the Masaajid. If any person of “interfaith” is a so-called “Imaam” at a Masjid, do not perform Salaah behind him. It is better for you to perform Salaah on your own than to perform Salaah behind such a person.

If there are Masaajid which have nothing to do with this interfaith kufr, attend those Masaajid instead. If there are no such Masaajid, but there are such Jamaat Khanas/Musallas, then perform your Salaah there. If there are no such Jamaat Khanas/Musallas, then perform your Salaah at home, but do not perform it behind a person of “interfaith”.

A Jamaat Khana/Musalla is not waqf, hence a person can even make a spare room in their house a “Musalla”, and people can perform Salaah there in Jamaa`ah.

The view of the Hanafi Madh-hab is that Salaah should not even be performed behind a mubtadi` (a person who engages in bid`ah), let alone a person whose `aqeedah is kufr.

Imaam al-Kaasaani رحمة الله عليه states in Badaa’i`us Sanaa’i` fee Tarteebish Sharaa’i`:

والصحيح أنه إن كان هوًى يّكفّره لا تجوز, وإن كان لا يكفّره تجوز مع الكراهة

“The correct view is that if the (bid`ah) is such that it renders the person a kaafir, then (Salaah behind such an Imaam) is not valid, but if it (the bid`ah) is not one that renders him a kaafir, then, even though the Salaah is valid, it will be makrooh.”

The view of the Hanafi Madh-hab is that if Salaah is performed in a way that is makrooh, then it should be re-performed if the time of that Salaah had not yet passed.

Imaam al-Kaasaani رحمة الله عليه mentions the above in Badaa’i`us Sanaa’i`, but he states:

وذكر في المنتقى رواية عن أبي حنيفة أنه كان لا يرى الصلاة خلف المبتدع

“A riwaayat from (Imaam) Abu Haneefah mentioned in al-Muntaqaa is that he did not believe in (the validity of) Salaah behind a mubtadi`.”

Keep in mind that this is the view of Imaam Abu Haneefah رحمة الله عليه regarding the performance of Salaah behind a mubtadi` who is nevertheless a Muslim, so understand from this what he would have said regarding performing Salaah behind a shaytaan who engages in the blatant kufr of interfaith which is based on the two principles of all religions being all, and no religion being the absolute truth. Kufr is infinitely worse than bid`ah.

You have mentioned in the question that these so-called “Imams” openly advocate the interfaith kufr. In that case, they are kaafirs. These US “Imams” are notorious for advocating support for every kind of kufr and vileness such as this “LGBTQ+”, “freedom of people to insult Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم“, etc. Such vile scum are perpetually under the La`nat (Curse) and Ghadhab (Anger) of Allaah Ta`aalaa; hence, do not even greet them, and when they die do not stand at their graves.

Any mock “Salaah” performed behind such shayaateen-ul-ins is haraam and invalid, wa `Alayhil Fatwaa.

The Fuqahaa have stated that for a person to perform Salaah whilst knowing that he is not in a state of wudhoo, is kufr, because it entails istihzaa (mockery) of this great act of `Ibaadah. In the same way, to perform Salaah behind such shayaateen entails istihzaa (mockery) of Salaah. Hence, do not ever perform Salaah behind them, because it is haraam and invalid. Such a Salaah has to compulsorily be repeated.

نسأل الله السلامة والعافية

اللهم أرنا الحق حقاً وّارزقنا اتباعه وأرنا الباطل باطلاً وّارزقنا اجتنابه

آمين يا رب العالمين

والله تعالى أعلم وعلمه أتم وأحكم



– Muhammad Huzaifah ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim

Tuesday, 22nd of Rajab, 1441 – 17th of March, 2020.

Fatwaa Regarding Watching Movies Which Depict Mockery of Islaam

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ


“Assalāmu `alaikum Warahmatullāhi Wabarakatuh.

Hazrat, I understand this is your fatwa, yes?

Click to access The%20Kufr%20of%20So-Called%20Islamic%20Series.pdf


I wish to clarify if those who watch some shows or movies with interest or as a form of entertainment, have they lost their Iman?



وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

:الجواب بسم الله ملهم الصواب


For a person to watch shows or movies which depicts Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم or the other Ambiyaa عليهم السلام is an act of kufr which expels the person from the fold of Islaam, thus such an individual must renew his Imaan and repent for his kufr. Furthermore, for the renewal of his Imaan and his tawbah to be valid, it is necessary that he accepts that such movies and shows depicting the Ambiyaa is kufr and istihzaa. If a person claims to have repented whilst not accepting that the mockery was indeed irtidaad, then such a mock “repentance” is meaningless and void.

The Fuqahaa have mentioned that the asl (principle) is as follows: to approve of a sin is sin, and to approve of kufr is kufr. These shows depicting the Ambiyaa are kufr, and watching them is a form of approving of them, thus it constitutes kufr.

Allaah Ta`aalaa says in the Qur’aan Kareem:

وَقَدْ نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الْكِتَابِ أَنْ إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ يُكْفَرُ بِهَا وَيُسْتَهْزَأُ بِهَا فَلَا تَقْعُدُوا مَعَهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا مِّثْلُهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ جَامِعُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَالْكَافِرِينَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ جَمِيعًا

{“It has already been revealed to you in the Kitaab that when you hear the Aayaat of Allaah being rejected and mocked at, then do not sit with (those who are rejecting and mocking) until they engage in some other discussion. If you (sit with them), then you are like them. Indeed, Allaah will gather the Munaafiqeen and the Kaafireen in Jahannam altogether.”}

[Soorah An-Nisaa, 4:140]

Explaining this Aayah, the Mufassireen have stated that to sit with those who mock Islaam is an act of irtidaad. Those who sit with such vile Kuffaar who mock Islaam, though they may claim to be Muslims, they are in fact Munaafiqeen, hence Allaah Ta`aalaa says that He will gather these Munaafiqeen and the Kaafireen in Jahannam altogether. When the term “Munaafiq” is used in the Qur’aan Kareem, it refers to a Kaafir who pretends to be a Muslim.

A common excuse put forward by such miserable wretches is that, “It’s just a bit of fun. Islaam is not against humour and joking.” The excuse which they put forward was put forward by the Munaafiqeen from before them and Allaah Ta`aalaa refutes it in the Qur’aan Kareem:

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ.  قُلْ أَبِاللَّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِئُونَ؟ لا تعتذروا قد كفرتم بعد إيمانكم

{“If you ask them (about their mockery) they will say: ‘We were merely engaging in amusement and play.’ Say: ‘Were you mocking Allaah, His Aayaat and His Rasool? Do not present excuses: you have committed kufr after your (claim to having) Imaan…“}

[Soorah Baraa’ah, 9:65]

Similarly, there are comedians who mock Islaam, and some of these comedians even claim to be so-called “Muslims”, though in reality they are vile murtaddeen. One such example is the mal`oon (accursed) kaafir who goes by the name of “Riaad Moosa”. On the basis of the Aayaat cited earlier, the ruling is abundantly clear: if a person attends a show of one of these comedians (such as kaafir Riaad Moosa) whilst they are mocking Islaam, then such a person becomes a kaafir. How can Muslims sit and laugh while Islaam is mocked? Every single person in the audience becomes a murtadd, if they had ever been a so-called “Muslim” in the first place, though that is doubtful.

These are matters which most “Mozlems” take lightly and brush off dismissively, but which are matters of Imaan and Kufr. These are matters which result in a person being thrown headlong into the fire of Jahannam. Istihzaa, which refers to mockery of any aspect of Islaam whatsoever, is one of the nawaaqidh (nullifiers) of Islaam. Just as everyone knows and understands that wudhoo has nawaaqidh (nullifiers), so too does Imaan have nawaaqidh (nullifiers), and one of the most common nawaaqidh in this day and age is that of istihzaa.

If a person is guilty of istihzaa of any aspect of Islaam, then he has become a murtadd. In order for him to become Muslim again, it is a condition that he accepts and believes that istihzaa of Islaam is irtidaad. Together with this, if he was married, then his nikaah was severed due to his irtidaad, hence he must renew his nikaah as well. If he does not, then any children born will be illegitimate (walad-uz-zinaa).


والله تعالى أعلم وعلمه أتم وأحكم



– Muhammad Huzaifah ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim

Saturday, 19th of Rajab, 1441 – 14th of March, 2020