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A TROID Benefit: Shaykh Bin Baaz on How to Advise Someone who Commits an Act of Shirk
|Question: What should I do if I see someone calling upon a dead person at his gravesite, seeking his help, someone committing an outright act of shirk? When calling him to worship Allaah alone, do I advise him as a Muslim, or should I consider him a polytheist?|
Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:
|Invite him using a different approach, not this way or that way. Say to him, "O Fulaan! O 'Abdullaah! This thing you are doing is a kind of shirk, and it is not (the correct way of) worship! It is the way of the pagans from Jaahiliyyah (the pre-Islaamic period of ignorance)! It is the way of (the pagans of) Quraysh and those like them!" |
This is because there may be reasons he should not be declared outside of Islaam in this case, and declaring him outside of Islaam would run him away as soon as you speak to him!
Declaring someone outside of Islaam is based on more than just an action of shirk. The action may be shirk, but the one doing may not be a mushrik (polytheist), since there could be something preventing us from making takfeer (declaring him a disbeliever), like ignorance or not understanding firmly what the scholars say (about his action).
Also, to address him as a polytheist would run him away. So call him by his name, and explain to him clearly that what he is doing is shirk.
Source: Al-Fawaa'id al-'Ilmiyyah min ad-Duroos al-Baaziyyah (2/273, Ar-Risaalah printing, 1430, as quoted by Shaykh Ahmad Zahraanee)
Prepared by: Moosaa Richardson (1431/8/28)
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