Nullifiers of the two testimonies

Nullifiers of the two testimonies are the nullifiers of Islam because it is that one pronounces in order to enter Islam. Uttering is affirming their intent, and being steadfast in establishing their prerequisites like fulfilling the rituals of Islam.

If one forsakes this steadfastness then he has invalidated the pledge he took when he uttered the two testimonies.

The nullifiers of Islam are many and the scholars have collected them in books of Fiqh under the title, ‘The Chapter of Riddah (Apostasy).’ However, the most important of them are ten, which have been mentioned by Shaikhul-Islam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab (rahimahullah) (they are the following):

  1. Shirk in the worship of Allah. Allah says, “Verily! Allah forgives

not (the sin of) setting up partners in worship with Him, but

He forgives whom he pleases – sins other than that…

[Soorah an-Nisa (4): 116] and, “Verily, whosoever sets up

partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden

Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the

Zalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no

helpers.” [Soorah al-Maida (5): 72] and it includes sacrificing

for other than Allah, like tombs and jinn.

  1. Setting up intercessors between oneself and Allah, invoking

them, asking them for intercession and relying upon them.

One who does this is considered by consensus a disbeliever.

  1. He who does not declare the Mushrikeen (those who

associate partners in worship with Allah) to be disbelievers,

or doubts their disbelief, or approves their Madhhab (faith,

creed) has disbelieved (in Allah).

  1. Believing that the guidance of someone other than the

Prophet is more complete than his guidance, or that the

ruling of other than him is better, like those who prefer the

ruling of the tawagheet (pl. of Taghoot meaning things

worshiped other than Allah) over the ruling of Allah’s

Messenger and they prefer manmade laws to Islam

  1. He, who hates something from that which the Messenger

camewith, has disbelieved, even if he was acting upon it.

  1. He, who mocks at something from the Religion of the

Messenger, its rewards or punishments, has disbelieved. The

proof of this is the Saying of Allah, “Say, ‘Was it at Allah, and

His Ayat and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make

no excuse, you have disbelieved after you had believed.”

[Soorah Tawbah (9): 65-66]

  1. Magic. From the types of magic is that which causes unity and

disunity among people (like causing separation of the

husband from his wife or causing him to love her). He, who

does this or is pleased with it, has disbelieved. The proof is

the Saying of Allah, “…but neither of these two (angels) taught

anyone (such things) until they had said, ‘We are only for

trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us).’”

[Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 102]

  1. Aiding and cooperating with the Mushrikeen (disbelievers)

against the Muslims. The proof is the Saying of Allah, “If any

amongst you takes them as Awliya, then surely he is one of

them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the

Dhalimoon (polytheist and wrongdoers and unjust).” [Soorah

al-Maidah (5): 51]

  1. He, who believes that some people can be excused from the

Sharee’ah of Muhammad , just like Khidr was not liable

to the Sharee’ah of Moosa , is a disbeliever. I (i.e.,  Saleh al-Fawzan) say,

‘this is just like what the extremist Sufis believe that they

reach a stage (through their piety), where they

are not in need of following the Messenger.

  1. Turning away from the religion of Allah, neither learning it,

nor acting upon it. The proof is the Saying of Allah, ‘But those

who disbelieve, turn away from that whereof they are

warned.” [Soorah al-Ahqaf (46): 3] “And who does more

wrong than he, who is reminded of the Ayaat (proofs,

evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord,

then he turns aside therefrom? Verily, We shall exact

retribution from the Mujrimoon (criminals, disbelievers,

polytheist, sinners, etc.).” [Soorah as-Sajdah (32): 22]


Appendix (from “What You Must Believe About Your Creator” by Shaikh ibn al-Uthaimeen.) adapted from the book, ‘Aqeedah at-Tawheed’ by Saleh ibn Fawzan ibn Abdullah al-Fawzan

Read: Pillars of the two testimonies on pg 59.


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