Are the Khawarij Sincere in Worship?

Are the Khawārij Sincere in Worship?

Original Title: الفتاوى للشيخ

Author: Rabī’ Ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī


Translator: Harrison

Question: Regarding the hadĪth of the prophet (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) about the Khawārij:

“There will appear from this man’s progeny people who one of you would belittle his own prayer when compared with theirs, and his fasting compared to theirs. (But) they will pass through the religion just as an arrow might pass through a target.”1

As for the wording, “One of you would belittle his own prayer when compared with theirs, and his fasting compared to theirs…,” does this mean that he (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) described the Khawārij as being people sincere in worship?

Answer: No, if they had anything of sincerity, they would follow the prophet’s guidance (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم), but they don’t have sincerity, and Allaah knows best. They do, however, possess hypocrisy and showing off, incorrect acts of worship, and extremism in worship.

Three people once came to the houses of the wives of the prophet (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم), asking how the prophet used to worship. When they were informed about it2, they belittled their own worship and said, “What are we compared to the prophet (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم)? Allaah has already forgiven all his past and previous sins.” So, one of them said, “As for me, I am going to pray all night, every night.” Another said, “And I will fast every day.” The third said, “I am going to avoid women and never get married.” Later, the prophet (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) came to them and said:

“Are you the ones who said this and that? As for me, by Allāh, I am the most fearing of Allaah among you. Still, I fast some days and not other days, I pray sometimes and I sleep, and I marry women. Whoever isn’t satisfied with my way then he’s not from me.”3

As for the Khawārij, when they go to extremes in acts of worship and go beyond the limits, they fall into extremism. This – may Allaah bless you – is misguidance and we shouldn’t praise them for it. Instead, it’s disgraceful of them because they’ve fallen into extremism.

The companions (of the prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) were the best of Allaah’s creation and used to worship Allaah more than anyone else. Do these people (the Khawārij) pray more than they did? Do they recite the Quran more than they did? These Khawārij recite the Quran yet understand it in ways other than it is intended, other than what it really means.

Brother, I could read one text from the Sunnah in the way it’s to be understood according to the prophet (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم) and it’s better than (their) praying all night. This is nothing but extremism in worship. They have left the prophet’s Sunnah (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم), turned away from it while being dissatisfied with it. They are people of misguidance. So, this ḥadīth is neither in praise of them, nor is it commending them for being sincere.

1 Recorded by al-Bukhārī (no. 3610, 6163, 6933) and Muslim (no. 1064).

2 i.e. That he did not use to be extreme in worship.

3 Recorded by al-Bukhārī (no. 5063).


Good treatment to one’s wife!!

Sheikh Uthaimeen رحمه الله تعالى states in one of his fatwa:

“That which severes the the rope of love & affection between a husband & his wife is harshness & foul, obscene language. Happiness in a marriage does not come with harshness nor does it come with the man trying to overpower the woman. Rather, this treatment (meted out towards his wife) is incorrect!! 🏡

It is obligatory upon the husband to look at his wife as if she is his companion, as a mother of his children and a shepherd of his home. Therefore, it is upon him to respect her in the same manner as he wishes respect from her.”

🗒 Fatwa Noor Ala al-Darb – vol. 10, pg.13

A student of knowledge and his time

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

⏩ How Does A Student Of Knowledge Take Advantage Of His Time – Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Hizaam

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Hizaam was asked:

يقول السائل: طالب العلم كيف يستغل وقته ؟

The questioner says:

How does a student of knowledge take advantage of his time?

الإجـــــــــابة :-

يبتدئ طالب العلم بالإقبال على حفظ القرآن وحفظ السنة ولا يشق على نفسه ويأخذ له مع الحفظ شيئاً من الدروس كالدرسين والثلاثة في التوحيد و العقيدة والنحو والتجويد ويستمر على ذلك ويراجع ويحافظ على أوقاته ويكثر من المراجعة ويعتني بالإتقان في حفظه فليقسم أوقاته :

The answer:

The student of knowledge begins by having an acceptance to memorize the Qur’an and memorizing the Sunnah, while not making it hard upon himself. Along with his memorization, he can also take lessons, such as two lessons or three in Tawheed, Aqeedah, Arabic grammar, Tajweed, and he continues like this, reviewing and preserving his time. He constantly reviews and pays attention to perfecting what he has memorized, while properly dividing his time.

أوقات للحفظ أوقات للدروس والمراجعة

Times for memorizing and times for lessons and reviewing.

وإذا فتح الله عليه بعد ذلك بحفظ القرآن وحفظ أحاديث رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عند ذلك يغلب جانب الدروس ويجعل وقتاً لمراجعة المحفوظات

If, after that, Allah bestows upon him (the blessing of) memorizing the Quran and memorizing narrations of the the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم, he then makes more time for (attending) lessons and places a time for reviewing that which he had previously memorized.

وننصح طالب العلم أن يستفيد من إخوانه الذين تقدموه في طلب العلم ويستشيرهم فيما يقبل عليه فإن هذا السؤال جوابه طويل ويحتاج إلى كلامٍ كثير ولكن استفد ممن تقدمك في طلب العلم ويجعل الله عزوجل في ذلك الخير .

We advise that a student of knowledge benefit from his brothers that preceded him in seeking knowledge and seek their advice in that which they are proceeding upon (the knowledge they are acquiring). The answer to this question is a long one and is in need of a lot of speech, but benefit from those who have preceded you in seeking knowledge and Allah Aza Wa Jal will place good in that.

Translated by

Majid Jawed Al-Afghanee

Abu Layl


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Quran and Sunnah upon the understanding of the salaf

Eclipse Prayer

The fifth question of Fatwa no. 9527

Q 5: How many Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer) are there in Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse)? And what is to be recited in them?

A: Salat-ul-Kusuf (Prayer on a solar eclipse) and Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse) are each comprised of two Rak‘ahs (units of Prayer). Recitation in both Salahs (Prayers) is performed out loud. In each Rak‘ah, there are two Ruku‘s (bowing), the second of which is always shorter than the first, and there are also two recitations. After the Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: “Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]” upon starting Prayer), Surah Al-Fatihah and a long Surah are recited. After the first Ruku‘, Surah Al-Fatihah and a long Surah are recited, which is shorter than the preceding recitation. There are two Sujuds (Prostrations) in each Rak‘ah. This is the most authentic report mentioned regarding this Salah.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Deputy Chairman     Chairman

`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify     `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Changing diaper and breaking your wudhu


If one is changing the diaper of a child and he/she touches the private parts of the child, is his wudhu broken?


Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’ee rahimahullah was asked:


Does touching the private parts of a child while washing him break the wudu or not?


“What is apparent is that it nullifies wudu because it was reported [in the Hadith]:

ومس الفرج

And touches the private parts

And the private parts include the private parts of the young one and the old”.


Shaikh Fawzan hafidhahullah was asked:


What is the ruling on touching the private parts of a child, while I am in a state of wudu, when I am washing his private parts or changing his clothes which requires touching his private parts. Does this break the wudu or not?


“Yes, touching the private parts of a child, front or back, without a barrier breaks wudu. It is like touching the private part of one who is old due to the statement of the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam:

من مس ذكره فليتوضأ

He who touches his private part should perform ablution“

[Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 181]

[Mu’alafaat al-Fawzan (8/122)]

This is also the opinion of Shaikh Raajihi hafidhahullah.

Translated and Answered by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

No obedience to the creation in disobedience to the Creator

The fourth question of Fatwa no. 20145

Q 4: Is the following Hadith considered Sahih (authentic): There is no obedience to a creature if it involves disobedience to the Creator. ? Please mention the narrator and Sanad (chain of narrators) of this Hadith?

A: The Hadith in question is Sahih and is stated in the well-known Books of Sunnah. It is worth mentioning that there are similar wordings of the same Hadith that all give the same meaning. However, the wording which is quoted above was related by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad (Hadith compilation). In addition, it was related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of `Aly (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: There is no obedience to a human being if it involves disobedience to the Creator. Obedience is only in Ma`ruf (that which is judged as good, beneficial, or fitting by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect).

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’




Deputy Chairman


Bakr Abu Zayd

Salih Al-Fawzan

`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan

`Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh

`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

How to seek knowledge if there isn’t any Scholars in your land. 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
⏩ *How to Seek Knowledge if There are No Scholars in Ones Land? – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad*
Question : In my land there are no Scholars nor circles of knowledge like in this land of yours. So I hope from you some advice about how to seek knowledge and is this through tapes or books? And how can I reconcile between the [different] sciences and their levels?
Answer : “It is upon a person to be eager to have in his land one who has knowledge, insight, and safety in Aqeedah in order to benefit from him. If he is not capable of that, then he should be eager [to obtain] the tapes of the Scholars in which there is much good, knowledge, and benefit in listening to their tapes and speech. Like: Shaikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Salih al-Uthaymeen, Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan, Shaikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Ala Shaikh, and other than them from the Mashaaikh who the people benefit from their tapes and knowledge. A person should not give preference to every tape he listens to. This is because some tapes have harm in them. If it is easy for him to [seek knowledge] with one who has knowledge in his land, then no doubt this is desired. If there is no reliable Scholar, then he should be eager to obtain tapes and beneficial books from the likes of these Scholars”.
[Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 189]
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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Entering Islamic countries with the intention of violating their visa policy

🛫 Entering Islamic countries by violating visa rules with intention of staying in Baladul Islam
Question 379:
Would it be permissible to gain entry into islamic countries by violating visa rules of that country for the purpose of staying in biladul islam and learning deen.  I have seen fataawa of lajna prohibiting such but at the same time i have heard that some scholars have permitted it in certain situations such as for talabul ilm and for staying in biladul islam instead of biladul kufr.  What is the correct position? 
Answer :
Shaykh Muqbil rahimahullaah was asked a similar question below –

What is the ruling on residency of the muslim in a muslim land without iqamah (residence visa)
He answered –
He stays without iqamah and the people has ordained in their minds that the iqamah is a must. The Muslim land (all of them) is one land and muslims are brothers : ” The believers are nothing else than brothers ” – (Surah Al Hujuraat :10)
and the Lord of Honour also says in His Noble Book :
“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa” (Al Hujuraat 13 )
and The Messenger sallallahu alaihi wa sallam says – “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with fever and wakefulness” (Bukhari, Muslim) .
So it is obligatory upon the muslims that they be brothers, and that there is no difference between an Arab and a non-arab and neither between the white and the black except by Taqwah.
As for as these regulatory matters, they don’t bear fruit. They said : ” For the sake of robbers!” The robbers (or those who commit prohibitions) – It is possible that they have a beard and after they steal they shave their beard and it is possible that when they steal wealth they go to parlours and make their faces smooth and later it changes to this and to something else.
And similarly also the matter of passport, so may be the picture is taking the place of picture and pictures are also alike. A person – and he was from the workers in airport – informed me that a thief traveled from a land  he said : then that person came with that name and we said to him : You are so and so, he said : I am not so and so… So we stayed with him for a long time until we were tired. But we are not sure that he is the one who we think. At the end as a trick we told him, we have identified you don’t trouble us and we identified that you are such person. Then he acknowledged after a long time. (The point to understand is, they could not identify the person with photo or other details in passport and they could not make him acknowledge for a long time).
So it is a matter of imprint of a person … may be if we describe his figure [with words] then it is more better than taking these pictures, Allahul Musta’an.
And saying of the one who says : Indeed it is obligatory that he takes the iqamah if the state makes iqamah obligatory : (then) No. Why? Because it has within it pictures and the angels do not enter a house where there is a dog or picture. And the people who divided the lands of the muslims into various governments they are the enemies of Islam. Otherwise, it is obligatory upon the muslims that they have a single leader.

(Due to the hadith) “He who comes to you when you are united and wants to disunite your community, kill him.” (related by Muslim)
And it can be that a virtuous scholar says : I am not able to shelter a man who does not carry an iqamah, As for him:  “Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope.” (Al Baqarah 286)
As for as he says – If the government say : The iqamah is obligatory then I say – The iqamah is obligatory then, No !! Allahul Musta’an.
Source :
Answer by : Al Allamah Muqbil ibn Hadi Rahimahullah
Translated by : Abu Muhammad Nizam Al Hindi

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