بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Performing Salaah Behind Proponents of Interfaith
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.
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.