Takfir and the Excuse of Ignorance: Shaykh Abd al-Aziz Bin Baz
Filed under: The Excuse of Ignorance
Thursday, July 17 2014 - by Manhaj.Com
Key topics: Takfir Excuse Of Ignorance
The Shaykh (rahimahullaah) was asked the following question:
Question: If I see someone invoking the (dead) in the grave, seeking rescue from him, then has fallen into shirk, shall I call him (to the truth) on the basis that he is a Muslim or shall I call him on the basis that he is a Mushrik if I wanted to call him to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and explain to him?
Answer: Call him through another expression, neither this (that he is Muslim) and neither that (that he is a Mushrik), say to him, "O So and so, servant of Allaah, this action of yours which you have done is shirk, it is not worship, it is the action of the ignorant mushriks, the action of the Quraysh and the likes of Quraysh, because there is a barrier to the takfir of such a one and (takfir of him) would cause to him to flee (from the truth) when you call him. And also because making takfir of an individuad is (a matter) other than the action which is shirk, the action is shirk, but the one who performs it does not become a Mushrik because there could a barrier to his takfir, his ignorance, or his lack of insight in the definition of the scholars. And also in calling through the label of shirk (calling him a Mushrik) is turning him away, so you call him by his name, then you explain to him that this action is shirk.
Question: What is the stronger view regarding takfir of a specific person?
Answer: When the evidences and proof are established over him which indicate his kufr, and the path has been made clear to him and he persists, then he is a disbeliever. However, some of the scholars hold that whoever falls into some of the affairs of shirk and he may be confused or may be ignorant and does not know the reality, then they do not make takfir of him until it is explained to him and guides him to (the realization) that this is disbelief and misguidance, and that this is the action of the first mushriks. And if he persists after the clarification, he is judged to be a disbeliever (through this disbelief).
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Source: al-Fawa'id al-Ilmiyyah min al-Duroos al-Baaziyyah (2/273-274), translated from this post on Sahab.Net.
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