Declaring a Muslim To Be an Apostate & Its Guidelines
Author: Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan
Paperback: 58 Pages
So that whoever is not proficient in it should not speak about it; nor should anyone who is not certain about its general rules as well as its principles enter upon it (i.e. this subject); not should anyone, who is neglectful in this matter who does not have Ghaira (i.e. sense of honor) about the religion of Allah; then as a result the corrupt ideologies and misguided sects will slip into the religion of Allah; then the truth will be mistaken for falsehood; and is charged to the Ummah, which is not from it and that which is not from it will enter into the religion. And this subject, whoever does not have religious knowledge, Ma’rifa (i.e. learning something by one of his five senses) and Baseera (i.e. strong understanding and intelligence) it is not permissible for him to speak concerning this matter; no one should be declared an apostate except the one, whom Allah and/or His messenger has declared him to be an apostate due to him committing one of the nullifiers of Islam, which has been agreed upon the people of knowledge. For that reason it is obligatory upon the Muslims to learn before he speaks; that he does not speak unless it is upon religious knowledge. Otherwise, he will be declaring a Muslim to be an apostate and he will have certainly committed two tremendous crimes; one of two is more severe than the other. The greater crime is that he spoke about Allah without knowledge.