Learning about Nawaaqid Al-Islaam (Things that Nullify One’s Islam) so that One is Aware of the Kinds of Apostacy In Order to Stay Away from Them

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Things that Nullify One’s Islaam

By Shaykh al-Islaam Muhummad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhaab

In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful One…

Know that the things that nullify one’s Islaam (nawaaqidh) are ten things:

The first one is shirk in one’s worship of Allaah. Allaah the Most High has said, “Verily Allaah does not forgive that partners be ascribed to Him, while He forgives what is less than that for whomever He wants.”6 And He, the Most High, has said, “Verily whoever ascribes a partner to Allaah, then Allaah has made Paradise haraam (impermissible) for him (i.e. He will never enter it), and his abode is the Fire. And there are no helpers for the oppressor whatsoever.”7 And from it (this first naaqidhah) is to slaughter (an animal) for other than Allaah, like the one who slaughters for a jinn or for a grave.

The second one: Whoever sets up intermediaries between himself and Allaah, calls on them, asks them for things, and places his trust in them, then he has disbelieved, by way of scholarly concensus.

The third one: Whoever does not declare the polytheists to be disbelievers, or he doubts their disbelief or approves of their way, then he has disbelieved.

The fourth one: Whoever believes that guidance other than Muhammad’s (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) is more complete than his, or that the rulings of others are better than his rulings, like the one who prefers the rulings of at-tawaagheet over his rulings, then he is a disbeliever.

The fifth one: Whoever hates something that the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) came with, even if he acts according to it, then he has disbelieved.

The sixth one: Whoever mocks anything from the Religion of the Messenger or Allah’s reward or punishment has disbelieved. The proof is the statement of Allaah the Most High: “Say: ‘Was it Allaah, His Verses, or His Messenger you were mocking? Make no excuse, verily you have disbelieved after your belief.”8

The seventh one: Magic, like as-sarf and al-‘atf, whoever practices it or is pleased with it, has disbelieved. The proof is His Statement: “And they (the two who taught magic) did not teach anyone before first saying, ‘We are merely a tribulation, so do not disbelieve.”9

The eight one: Trying to give the polytheists victory and assisting them against the Muslims. And the proof is His Statement: “And whoever of you takes them (the Jews and Christians) as allies, then he is from them. Verily, Allah does not guide the oppressive people.”10

The ninth one: Whoever believes that some people are allowed to go against the Sharee’ah of Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), like how al-Khadhir went against the Sharee’ah of Moosaa, peace be upon him, then he is a disbeliever.

The tenth one: Turning away from the Religion of Allaah, not learning it, and not acting by it. And the evidence is His Statement, “And who is more oppressive than the one who is reminded with the Verses of His Lord and then turns away from them? Verily, We will get retribution from the criminals.”11

And with respect to these things that nullify one’s Islaam, there is no difference between the one who did them in jest, the one who did them intentionally, and the one who did them out of fear, except for the one who was forced. And all of them are from the most dangerous affairs and the most common that actually occur. So it is befitting that the Muslim be warned of them and be afraid of falling into them.

We seek refuge in Allaah from the things that bring about His Anger and His severe punishment. And may Allaah raise the rank of the best of His Creation, Muhammad, and that of his family and companions, and He grant them peace.

6. A translation of the meaning of Soorah an-Nisaa’ (4):116
7. A translation of the meaning of Soorah al-Maa’idah (5):72
8. A translation of the meaning of Soorah at-Tawbah (9):65-66
9. A translation of the meaning of Soorah al-Baqarah (2):102
10. A translation of the meaning of Soorah al-Maa’idah (5):51
11. A translation of the meaning of Soorah as-Sajdah (32):22

Source: “Things that Nullify One’s Islaam” by Imaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhaab., TROID Publications, Second Edition, translated by Moosaa Richardson.

IMPORTANT POINT: Some people have misinterpreted and misunderstood this work of Shaykul-Islam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab (rahimahullah) due to their ignorance and not seeking the explanations of scholars grounded in Tawheed, Sunnah, Shariah, knowledge and insight. These ignoramuses (often young and hasty) make mass takfir (excommunication of Muslims) based upon their own faulty understanding. Refer to the following link for tafseel regarding this serious matter which is not to be taken lightly:

Summary of principles concerning Takfir of a specific individual:

A person who falls into any of these, may be ignorant so the proof needs to be established upon them, affirmation of the [fulfilment] of the conditions and absence of any barriers (preventing takfir) investigated and established.

Also refer to this book which rebuts the slanders and accusations hurled against Shaykul-Islam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab (rahimahullah):


And Abu Iyaad also has some duroos which explain this book. You can listen to the explanation (free mp3 audios) here which also contains the Arabic matn:

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