بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

This Islamic injunction (fatwa) refutes the current opinion of pseudo-Islamic organization and pseudo-imams (mainly in the West) who have declared that it is permissible for muslims to live in accordance with a given period of time of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), such as the maccan period, to the exclusion of other periods of time of the Prophet’s life (ﷺ), such as the medinan period.  In other words, these organizations and pseudo-imams have essentially declared that it is permissible to live by a partial sharia (instead of its totality), and as such, it is permissible to disobey Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ). This is in-and-of-itself an opinion contrary to the sharia of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), and it is not farfetched to judge anyone who holds and propagates such opinions as entering a state of apostasy, to which one must repent in order to return into a state of Islam/submission to Allah.

The following are two verses in the Quran related to accepting and implementing the entire body of laws (from the Quran and the Sunnah). These following two verses are considered by some scholars of the Quran from among the last verses to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. (Al-Baqara 2:208)

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Al-Ma’idah 5:3)

The above verses clearly reveal the impermissibility of accepting and implementing revelation partially.   To be averse to anything from the Quran, the Sunnah or the Sharia nullifies ones Islam because Allah said:

 وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَتَعْسًا لَّهُمْ وَأَضَلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ

But those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism), for them is destruction, and (Allah) will make their deeds vain. (47:8)

ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَرِهُوا مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأَحْبَطَ أَعْمَالَهُمْ

That is because they hate that which Allah has sent down (this Quran and Islamic laws, etc.), so He has made their deeds fruitless.  (47:9)

Anyone who frequents a mosque or follows an imam propagating such opinions must immediately seize to attend/participate and support in any way (including the attendance of congregational prayers, lectures, etc.), and to immediately stop following such an imam.

The muslim must be upon the entire message of Islam, and it is not permissible for him/her to pick and choose. The muslim must be on the Islam or sharia which the Prophet (ﷺ) left for us upon his death, with no exclusion of any period of his life. The following verses of the Quran and hadiths clearly state the necessity of following the entire message (while these so-called Islamic organizations and imams bring no evidence from the sources of Islam for their ludicrous declaration. Allah says in the Quran:

أَفَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِبَعْضِ الْكِتَابِ وَتَكْفُرُونَ بِبَعْضٍ ۚ فَمَا جَزَاءُ مَن يَفْعَلُ ذَٰلِكَ مِنكُمْ إِلَّا خِزْيٌ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَيَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ أَشَدِّ الْعَذَابِ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ

Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do. (Al-Baqara 2:85)

وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ ۗ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error. (Al-Ahzaab 33:36)

وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا

And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). ( Al-Hasr 59:7)

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

“None of you believes (has imaan) until his desire or inclination is in accordance with what I have brought or subservient to what I came with.”

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) also said:

So for you is to observe my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-principled and rightly-guided successors, holding on to them with your molar teeth. Beware of newly-introduced matters, for every innovation (bid’ah) is an error.”

Clearly, the above hadiths command us to take everything from the Prophet during his entire life/mission (in both Mecca and Madinah), and including the commands of the Rightly guided caliphs. They by no means suggest even remotely that we pick and choose in accordance with certain periods of time of the Prophet’s life (ﷺ).

Once again, this Islamic injunction is to refute the current opinion of pseudo-Islamic organization and pseudo-imams (mainly in the West) who declare that it is permissible and encouraged for muslims to live in accordance with a given period of time of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), such as the maccan period, to the exclusion of other periods of time of the Prophet’s life (ﷺ), such as the medinan period. In other words, these organizations and pseudo-imams have said that it is permissible to live by a partial sharia (instead of its totality), and as such, it is permissible to disobey Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ). This is in-and-of-itself an opinion contrary to the sharia of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), and it is not farfetched to judge anyone who holds and propagates such opinions as entering a state of apostasy, to which one must repent in order to return into a state of Islam/submission to Allah.

Anyone who frequents a mosque or follows an imam propagating such opinions must immediately seize to attend/participate and support in any way (including the attendance of congregational prayers, lectures, etc.), and to immediately stop following such an imam.

The objective of this fatwa is to warn people and to prevent them from dying upon kufr (disbelief), and consequently entering hellfire.

وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن ذُكِّرَ بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِ ثُمَّ أَعْرَضَ عَنْهَا ۚ إِنَّا مِنَ الْمُجْرِمِينَ مُنتَقِمُونَ

And who does greater evil than he who is reminded of the signs of His Lord, then turns away from them? We shall take vengeance upon the criminals. (32:22)

And Allah knows best…

Suleiman Anwar

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