A Brother from Bangladesh writes:


I have come across an article in Majlis Vol 25 No.02 where it is mentioned that Greeting a Faasiq is Haraam. But, in our country, some Ulama have ruled that for Tablighi purpose, Salaam may be given. If Salaam is given to bring a Faasiq close to Deen, then it will not be Makruh.

I had received a mail on 16th December 2015 from Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyya un which Mufti Ebrahim Desai also passed the verdict of permissibility (refer to the trailing mail).So What should we practice ?

The following is the fatwa of Darul Ifta Mahmudiyyah:

Initiate Salaam with a Faasiq?

1) Is it permissible to initiate salaam with a faasiq (like a clean shaven and/or izaar below ankles)?

2) Is it permissible to smile at them?

3) As fisq and fujoor is widespread, how should we uphold the Sunnah of Smiling in public?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykumwa-rahmatullāhiwa-barakātuh.
You enquire how should one deal with a fasiq especially in this era where fisq is common and whether one can make Salaam to a fasiq and smile at them. Your question is relevant to our times.
A fasiq is he who commits a major sin and invokes the wrath and anger of Allah on him . This is a serious issue. If we show complacency to a fasiq and don’t care of the sin he commits, it is an expression of disregard to Allah. Such an attitude also makes one deserving of the wrath and anger of Allah. It is for this reason that praising and honouring a fasiq is prohibited.
Rasulullah صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ has said in a hadith,
عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ” إِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَغْضَبُ إِذَا مُدِحَ الْفَاسِقُ فِي الْأَرْضِ

It is reported from Anas (Radiallahu Anhu) he says, that Rasulullah صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said, verily Allah ‘Azza wajal is angered when a Fasiq is praised on earth.
It should also be noted that we have the responsibility to correct and reform people around us. Allah says,
كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَلَوْ آمَنَ أَهْلُ الْكِتَابِ لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. (Surah Aali-Imran, V 110)
If we do not stop evil and wrong, evil and immorality will become widespread and eventually good people will also get caught up in the evil. However correcting and reforming people is a huge challenge. This can only be possible with the help of Allah.

Shariah does not permit us to simply know and stay away from wrong; it is also our responsibility to correct the wrong. The focus of Shariah is the end result, change and reformation. For that, one has to apply his mind carefully and analyse what is the best approach in achieving the change and reformation. This is referred to as Hikmah (wisdom). Allah says,
ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكمة والموعظة الحسنة وجادلهم بالتي هي أحسن إن ربك هو أعلم بمن ضل عن سبيله وهو أعلم بالمهتدين
Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! Thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright. (Surah al-Nahl, verse 125)
Reverting to your query, on whether one should make salaam to a fasiq and smile at him; this depends on what attitude will be most effective on such a person. At times, adopting a harsh attitude may be effective in jolting the sinful person as is the case of a very close family relationship. At other times, it may be better to be loving and diplomatic to such a person as in the case of a distant relationship.
To illustrate the difference between the two, Zaid is the father of Amr. Amr is indulged in some inappropriate conduct. In this situation, if the father adopts a negative attitude to Amr and he knows Amr will be deeply affected with such attitude and jolt him to change, then such an attitude will be appropriate and regarded as Hikmah.
If Zaid and Zahid just know each other, they are not family or close relatives. Zahid is indulged in some inappropriate conduct. It is not appropriate for Zaid to adopt a negative attitude to Zahid and ignore him as that will suit Zahid fine. In this case, he would be left free to do as he wishes. It is more wise and suitable for Zaid to be in touch with Zahid to distract him from the sin and use the opportunity to advise him.
While we should not honour a fasiq and we should not be complacent to sin, we have a responsibility to change the situation around with wisdom.
If it will be more effective in not making salaam and smiling, adopt that attitude. If making salaam and smiling will be more effective, adopt that attitude with the intention for changing and reformation.
In brief, which attitude will be most effective depends on the persons insight an careful analysis of the situation. And Allah knows best,

Bilal Ishaq (Issak) Student DarulIftaa

Leicester, England, UK Checked and Approved by Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

(End of Mufti Ebrahim’s fatwa)


While the Ulama in Bangladesh and Mufti Ebrahim Desai in South Africa have ruled that it is permissible to offer Salaam to a faasiq, Allah and His Rasool ruled otherwise. The Fuqaha of Islam have also submitted to this ruling. They did not adopt the line of reasoning of the ulama who seek to override the Shariah with their opinion which they term ‘hikmat’. This type of corrupt ‘hikmat’ is baatil.

In our article we had even presented the ruling of Hadhrat Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) who is well-known for his tenderness and caution.

It is not permissible to make a haraam act halaal for the sake of tabligh. Wine, interest, gambling, zina, etc. are haraam. For the sake of tabligh to bring people close to the Deen it is never permissible to legalize these prohibitions. But the problem with the ulama of this era is that they lack baseerat. Making Salaam to a faasiq is haraam just as are the other abovementioned sinful acts. These sinful acts may not be ruled to be halaal for tabligh purposes.

The obligation of the Muslim is to obey Allah Ta’ala, not to undermine the Law of Islam. It is not permissible to utilize personal logic to cancel the prohibitions of the Shariah regardless of how noble the end and purpose may be. When the two Persian delegates came to meet Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), he turned his Mubaarak face away from them in disgust because they were clean-shaven. Despite them being kuffaar not bound by the laws of Islam, and despite it being the occasion for da’wat and tabligh, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) adopted a harsh attitude and displayed his disgust. But today’s molvis promote fisq and fujoor with their corrupt fatwas and baatil views.

Hidaayat is Allah’s prerogative. Only He guides people. We are not able to guide people with our tabligh. We are only required to deliver the Message of the Deen and leave the hidaayat issue to Allah Ta’ala. In the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta’ala informs our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam):

“Verily, you (O Muhammad!) cannot guide those whom you love. But Allah guides whomever He wills, and He knows best who are to be guided.”
People cannot be brought close to the Deen with haraam. Assuming that they can be brought close to the Deen with haraam activities, then too it is sinful for us to adopt such measures which are sinful and which invite the la’nat of Allah Ta’ala. If Allah Ta’ala has ordained Imaan and Taqwa for a person, that person will acquire it. There is no need to adopt haraam measures for this purpose just as it is not permissible to adopt haraam methods for the acquisition of our Rizq.

Our Rizq has been ordained and is fixed. Haraam ways may not be adopted to acquire this predetermined Rizq.

These molvis are in fact implying that to acquire one’s halaal Rizq, haraam measures may be adopted. But they fail to understand that the purpose regardless of its nobility is not the objective if it is to be procured in conflict with Allah’s Law and Pleasure.

Mufti Ebrahim’s fatwa is a zigzag opinion. It is a fence-sitting attitude. He tries to meander his way to placate opposites. He says: “If making salaam and smiling will be more effective, adopt that attitude with the intention for changing and reformation.”
This is absolutely baatil. By the same token it could be argued: If committing zina with a prostitute will be more effective, adopt that attitude (and commit the zina) with the intention for changing and reformation.
Change, reformation and hidaayat are possible only by following the Laws of Allah Ta’ala, not by acting in conflict as demanded by opinion and corrupt ‘hikmat’. Rasulullah’s mission was nothing other than Tabligh. There cannever be a greater Muballigh than Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Once Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) adopted a perfectly permissible method for Tabligh to bring the chiefs of the Quraish close to the Deen. The reasoning of our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was that if the chiefs accept Islam, then all the tribes will follow suit and enter into Islam.

The chiefs being people of pride did not prefer people of low social rank to be with them in the same gathering. They had agreed to listen to the da’wat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), and they attended the session. Whilst Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was engaging in Tabligh to the chiefs, an old, blind Sahaabi came to ask something. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ignored him. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was engaging with the chiefs and he did not want to miss this opportunity of gaining their allegiance for Islam. His only logical reason was to bring the chiefs close to Islam.

But Allah Ta’ala disapproved of this attitude and sternly reprimanded our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The first 16 Aayaat of Surah Abasa record the reprimand of Allah Ta’ala. Now when our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was so sternly reprimanded for a lawful attempt to bring important personalities close to the Deen with his Tabligh, what conclusion should we draw of the explicit haraam which the muftis are halaalizing for what they claim to be Tabligh? Haraam may not be adopted for Tabligh regardless of the perceived benefits, even if the person will be brought close to the Deen with the haraam, and even if the prostitute will accept Islam after the Muslim commits zina with her. It is absolutely satanic to argue that adoption of haraam is permissible for the purpose of Tabligh.

The fatwa of Mufti Ebrahim Desai is zig zag and designed to suffocate the Haqq. The person who asked the questions did not even do so in the context of Tabligh. He was asking in general. Thus the questioner asked:

“As fisq and fujoor is widespread, how should we uphold the Sunnah of Smiling in public?”

Although haraam may not be legalized for even Tabligh, the Mufti ministering to the evil designs of the elite wealthy class who are prominent and notorious for fisq and fujoor, issued his zig zag, corrupt fatwa which borders on kufr. Regardless of the widespread prevalence of fisq and fujoor, the ahkaam of the Deen may not be altered and abolished. Such tampering with the Shariah cannot be justified with the hallucination presented by the Mufti in his zig zag fatwa.

The Mufti has not presented a single Shar’i daleel to bolster his corrupt opinion. He has disgorged purely baseless personal opinion unsubstantiated by any Shar’i Nass. He is required to present a precedent from the Sunnah to justify his opinion. The end in view is not a valid daleel. If the end objective is to feed the poor and destitute, it does not justify gambling for this purpose.

We can say without fear of being contradicted by the Mufti that he will not say that for Tabligh purposes zina, wine and interest are permissible. Maybe in future some murtad mufti will halaalize even these major sins. But today, the Mufti will not issue a fatwa to halaalize zina, etc. for Tabligh purposes. The reason why these molvis are so brazen to halaalize the haraam act of honouring and respecting a faasiq is that the villainy of this sin has departed from their hearts. Their fraternization and socialization with the wealthy fussaaq and fujjaar have desensitized their Imaan, hence they have no inhibitions regarding the naked fisq and fujoor of the elite class. This desensitization has induced them to abandon Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar. Thus they have opened the Doors for Allah’s Athaab.

7 Ramadhaan 1440 – 13 May 2019



Some persons are circulating the message that according to The Majlis it is not permissible to make Salaam to even one’s father, uncle and any other close male relative who shaves his beard. Is this correct? Commenting on this message, a Molana Abed from Verulam said: “We all know we have our weaknesses. Everybody’s cupboards are full of skeletons. We won’t be able to greet anybody. Please comment.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“When a faasiq is praised, the Arsh of Allah shudders.”

It is haraam to praise and honour a faasiq. A FAASIQ is a flagrant, callous, shaemess sinner – one who shamelessly and audaciously flouts the laws of Allah Ta’ala in public. He has no care for the Shariah of Allah Ta’ala. He has no love for the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). If he believes that his dastardly acts of fisq are valid, permissible or he regards the prohibition with insignificance (with istikhfaaf), then he becomes a kaafir, and in this decree of the Shariah there is no difference of opinion among the Fuqaha.

As for the molvi’s ‘skeletons in the cupboard’ comment, he is a jaahil par excellence. He must have picked up his ‘molvi’ title in some dirt bin, hence he acquits himself with rubbish akin to kufr. It is akin to kufr because he views the Waajib Beard with disdain – with istikhfaaf. Allah Ta’ala is well aware of everyone’s ‘skeletons in the cupboard’. However, since He is Saatirul Uyoob (The One Who conceals sins), He does not humiliate those who are remorseful of their ‘skeletons in the cupboard’. As long as a man conceals his ‘skeletons’, does not exhibit them in public, regrets and is remorseful for the ‘skeletons’, Allah Ta’ala will not disgrace him. Allah Ta’ala will clean his cupboard of all the ‘skeletons’. This Divine Process of Cleansing will efface the ‘skeletons’ from even the memories of the Recording Angels.

Confirming that all men have ‘skeletons in the cupboard’, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “All the Sons of Aadam (i.e. all mankind) are sinners.” Confirming the elimination of the ‘skeletons in the cupboard’, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “A sincere repenter of sins is like one who has no sins.”

Despite being fully aware of all our ‘skeletons in the cupboard’, Allah’s Shariah expresses abhorrence for the faasiq. Allah Ta’ala disgraces the faasiq. The faasiq is hated and despised by Allah Ta’ala because he does not conceal his ‘skeletons’. On the contrary, he opposes Allah Ta’ala with satanic rebellion, and he audaciously puts his putrid, rotten and stinking skeletons and corpses on public display, feeling proud of his rotten villainy.

The one who shaves his beard is worse than the one who commits zina, steals, etc., but conceals his ‘skeletons’ feeling remorseful. He is not a faasiq. No one is aware of his hidden skeletons. And, as long as Allah Ta’ala conceals his skeletons, his ADAALAT (integrity/uprighteousness) is upheld by the Shariah. His testimony is valid in Islam. But the FAASIQ is abhorrent. His testimony is invalid and may not be accepted in terms of the Shariah. Thus if a Mufti’s beardless, faasiq father reports sighting of the moon, the Mufti will have no option but to reject his father’s testimony. He may not ignore the Shariah to please his faasiq father.

The one who conceals his skeletons is not a faasiq. He remains an Aadil even if his sins are as numerous as the bubbles on the oceans, but known to only him and Allah Ta’ala.


But as far as the faaasiq is concerned, he is MAL-OON (Accursed) and MABGOODH (hated/abhorrent). He is accursed and abhorrent to Allah Azza Wa Jal. Now understand well that the villain who shaves his beards is among the worst fussaaq. La’nat percolates from his face every second as it settles on him from the Heavens. The Wrath of Allah Azza Wa Jal settles on him perpetually, every second. Looking at his face tarnishes Imaan and darkens the heart. He has declared war on Allah Ta’ala. He shamelessly flouts the law of Allah Ta’ala, and he scorns and rejects the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). When this villain applies the razor to his face, he in reality cuts deep into the Mubaarak Heart of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

With his clean-shaven face, he resembles a skinned pig. Looking at his face causes greater spiritual harm than looking at a pig which is sinless, and never rebellious.

It is haraam to offer Salaam to such a vile faasiq who shaves his beard. It is haraam to respond to his Salaam. The Islamic salutation of Assalamu Alaikum is an invocation for Allah’s Rahmat to settle on the person who is thus greeted. It is haraam to ask Allah Ta’ala to bestow his Rahmat on a faasiq whilst he is indulging in sin. It is haraam to offer Salaam to any person whilst he is indulging in sin. It is tantamount to kufr to offer Salaam to a man while he is in the process of consuming liquor or indulging in any sin. A beardless jaahil is perpetually and brazenly indulging in flagrant fisq, not only when he applies the satanic razor to his face, but at all times whilst he is shorn of his beard.

If this flagrant faasiq happens to be one’s father, uncle, nephew, or any other relative, the Law of Allah Ta’ala does not change for him. If a son sees his father in the act of zina or in the act of consuming liquor, or in any other act of sin, it will be haraam for the son to offer Salaam to his father at that moment of indulgence in fisq and fujoor. While the son may not be rude or disrespectful to his father, he may not offer Salaam if his father is beardless. It is Waajib for the son to politely and respectfully proffer naseehat to his father.

The reason why the jaahil molvi and his ilk are seeking to capitalize on this mas’alah stated by The Majlis, is their disdain for the Sunnah. At heart they are anti-Sunnah, but being munaafiqeen, they dare not proclaim their nifaaq and anti-Sunnah, anti-Shariah stance. In reality, they are not rejecting and denouncing The Majlis. Their criticism is for Allah Azza Wa Jal. Regarding this type of misdirected criticism, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“Verily, We know that what they utter causes you (O Muhammad!) grief. They (in reality) are not rejecting you. But the zaalimeen (the evil oppressors) are denying (and rejecting) the Aayaat (Laws) of Allah.”

(Al-An’aam, Aayat 33)

Since these spineless munaafiqeen lack the courage to blatantly state their rejection of the Shariah, they seek to make The Majlis their scape goat for their villainous kufr. But we are the proud Shields of the Sunnah and the Shariah.

Whatever the munaafiqeen have attributed to us on this issue of Salaam is 100% correct although their intention is corrupt and kufr. It is not permissible to greet with the Masnoon Salaam anyone who shaves his beard, even if he happens to be one’s father, brother, uncle and the like. The beardless dolt is under the La’nat of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The Malaaikah invoke curses on him. Being a father or a brother does not absolve the person from his villainous sin. The Shariah applies fully to everyone. A man is not exempted from the Acts of the Shariah merely on the basis of being a father or brother.

Shaving the beard in emulation of the kuffaar has become a beloved, respectable and honourable practice for the juhala masses. They are following the kuffaar right into the “lizard’s hole” in their drunken stupor of emulation.

Commenting on making Salaam for a faasiq, Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Leave alone the kaafir. The Arsh of Allah shudders when even a faasiq (who professes to be a Muslim) is offered Salaam. In this regard the Hadith states: “When the faasiq is praised, the Arsh of Allah shudders.”

In the Salaam is ikraam (to honour) and ta’zeem (to respect). To honour and respect a kaafir and a faasiq is indeed severe. By this, Imaan is expelled.”

May Allah Ta’ala guide these juhala to enable them to understand the danger and harm to their Imaan caused by their anti-Sunnah, anti-Shariah attitude.

24 Sha’baan 1440 -30 April 2019