Thursday, July 26, 2012

Warning against the site IslamQA

*There is a more updated version here: http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2015/02/muhammed-al-munajjid-is-deviant-do-not.html

So this site for some reason is very popular amongst Muslims. Mostly its because these Muslims are from third world countries where women are expected to be at home and cook for their husbands, and its not uncommon for them to get a punch or two. This site is based in Saudi Arabia and while most of their fatwas on fasting and prayer are fine, there's quite a few fatwas that aren't.

Abu Dhar said, "I was with the Prophet (SAW) one day and I heard him saing: "There is something I fear for my Ummah than the Dajjal." It was then that I became afraid, so I said: " Oh Rasool Allah! Which thing is that?" He (SAW) said; "Misguided and astray scholars."

(NOTE: IslamWeb is an affiliate of IslamQA)

(ANOTHER NOTE: NOT ALL OF THEIR MATERIAL IS LIKE THE BELOW. I've even submitted a question and I was pretty pleased with the answer).

Let's begin analyzing.

They called a believing Muslim a kaffir: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/5281/Husband%20does%20not%20pray

They say its haraam to live in a non-Muslim country: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/27211/non%20muslim%20country

So all the Muslim academics, Imam's and Mufti's are sinning? Hey wasn't Arabia at one time a non-Muslim country? At the time women were very promiscucous, yeah like those Las Vegas show girls, a time where alcohol was openly drunk and sex was openly done. The Muslims at the time overcame all this and succeeded. So why is it a problem to live in a non-Muslim country today? If it wasn't for us then conversions to Islam wouldn't occur, and we'd all be living in our dangerous tribal countries which don't follow Islam anyways.

They have said its haraam to take Christians and Jews as friends, based on verse 5:51, but they have mistranslated it. Actual explanation is presented by the following scholarly sources AFTER the Islam QA link:

http://islamqa.info/en/ref/47322/christian%20friend
http://islamqa.info/en/ref/59879/christian%20friend
(They also said one who has non-Muslim friends is just like them (i.e a kaffir)

http://www.onislam.net/english/ask-the-scholar/international-relations-and-jihad/relations-during-peace/174411.html

http://www.aboutjihad.com/terrorism/quran_misquote_part_5.php

They say its haraam for women to drive because it'll cause sexual immorality: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/45880/women%20driving

If you keep reading that it later on says that women driving is comparable to drinking and gambling.
They say a woman should stay at home because they wrongly quote a verse where it tells the Prophet's wives to stay at home: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/22397/wife%20work

THIS WAS FOR THE PROPHET'S WIVES ONLY.
But even the Prophet's wives were active in the workforce, army and politics. Nonetheless the Prophet's wives were given an extra layer of protection, and did not relate to other Muslim women at the time. The Quran itself says the Prophet's wives aren't like other women:
O wives of the Prophet, you are not like anyone among women. If you fear Allah , then do not be soft in speech [to men], lest he in whose heart is disease should covet, but speak with appropriate speech.(33:32)
 And also gender roles for women don't even appear in the Quran or Hadith. See the following:
Now look at what they wrote on polygamy: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/11744/polygamy
Look at how stupidly they answser the question. In Islam polygamy IS NOT A RIGHT, it is a condition with restrictions. The polygamy verses spoke about ORPHANS, so it is CLEAR this polygamy is not for everyone. The Quran itself says to MARRY ONLY ONE.
I forwarded this question to Onislam.net (OnIslam is from the creators of Islamonline, a site which is affiliated with Al Azhar, the world's highest and oldest Islamic authority). They refute Islam QA on this and put the hadith back in context (which Islam QA took out of it's original meaning)
They say that it is fobidden for women to visit graves based on the hadith that the Prophet cursed that woman who visited graves:
http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/8198/women%20graves
Now NUMEROUS scholars have corrected this, saying it's perfectly allowed for women to visit the grave sites. See the following:
They say women who do not wear hijab should be divorced: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/169563
While I admit hijab is mandatory upon all Muslim women, this is no reason for divorce.
They say it was haraam for a boy to get to know a girl on two seperate occassions: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/36618/girl 
The site Sunnipath, another popular and reliable site sheds light on male-female interaction  as well as on lowering the gaze:
Onislam also sheds light on interaction:
They quote this hadith all the time against women: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “I have not left behind me any fitnah that is more harmful to men than women.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4808; Muslim, 2704
They say men are smarter than women (you really don't expect this from a sheikh), for trying to explain why two women are needed to testify. The real reasons are that women at the time were not often involved in financial dealings and when women become pregnant or go through menses stuff can happen which might affect their testimony in negative ways. There's fatwas on this blog dealing with the issue of a woman's testimony.

NUMEROUS times they say women are to obey husbands, like here: http://islamqa.info/en/ref/70177
They do not know what this obedience thing means. It is explained by the following links:

http://askthescholar.com/question-details.aspx?qstID=14437
http://truefatwas.blogspot.ca/2012/07/the-meaning-of-wifes-obedience.html

Not allowed for women to act in theatre, even if she wears hijab: http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=85085

Look how stupid this one is: http://islamqa.com/en/20051

"A woman may compensate for her weaknesses by striving hard, and surpass men when they are negligent. Hence we find that in some colleges, female students surpass male students because of their greater efforts and their keenness to succeed when many of the male students are negligent and are not eager to learn."

So the only way women can be more intellectual than men is if men don't try? BULLSHIT.

Movies are okay to watch as long as there's no women: http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=89099

Haraam for women to ride horses, and also her face is a source of temptation: http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=87602

Those who say women should tak part in politics are "weak, defeated and dazzled."
http://islamqa.info/en/ref/3285/women's%20testimony

BUT Aisha, our beloved mother in Islam, was involved in politics:
http://askthescholar.com/question-details.aspx?qstID=13566

Not a correct way to guide a non-Muslim to Islam if you're going to attack their religious texts:
http://www.islamweb.net/womane/nindex.php?page=showfatwa&FatwaId=137211
 
While most of their stuff is fine, such things aren't. Oh and I only quoted from what I stumbled upon, which means there can be a lot more.
Many of their things are based in difference of opinion and interpretation (for example they say apostates should be killed, while other (several very notable) scholars say they shouldn't). I'm NOT trying to favour one opinion over another, I'm pointing out flaws in their site.

37 comments:

  1. Your a retard. IslamQA is the best website on the internet in my opinion. Only people who want to follow there whims will say what you are saying about them. "They say its haraam to live in non-muslim countries" Really? I think the Prophet said that like 1,400 years ago too in multiple hadiths. "they called a believing muslim a kaafir" Seriously? Even ignorance has its limits....The prophet said in many hadith whoever does not pray, then he is a kaafir. May Allaah guide and save the muslims from idiots like you. Ameen.

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    1. You're kidding? I guess I could say the same to you. You believe IslamQA to follow YOUR whims and desires.

      The whole of the Universe belongs to Allah, there is no restrictions on where you can and cannot live. Plus, most "Muslim Majority" countries do not even follow Islamic laws correctly so by you're standards they're borderlining "kufr" too. Thus there are no "Islamic countries"

      As for the prayers, you have no right determining who is and isn't a Muslim. Yes actions speak louder than words but how would you know if the person were intending to correct their deen? Rather than slamming the "kaafir" label so easily how about you (along with IslamQA) exercise some patients and learn of the individuals circumstances??

      "Save Muslims from "idiots" like you"..... You have no shame do you? Why call a fellow an idiot? If you disagree bring yout points across like a decent human being.

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    2. I have no idea what the heck you're talking about. You're accusing me of all these things I never said.
      Astaghfurullah.

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    3. Although, this is very late...I just want to say...I still think the person who made this blog and the two people who responded above are ignorant modernists who still follow their whims and desires. Let me guess who you both probably listen to? Yasir Qadhi? Nouman Ali Khan? Hamza Yusuf? Hamza tzotris? Suhaib Webb? And other modernists and deviants.... It amazes me how when it comes to Islam...everyone becomes a shaykh automatically and apparently EVERYONE has an opinion... for example...we have a stupid ignorant modernist here who is supposedly "warning people from IslamQA" as if he is in any position to say or do that...this stupid idiot probably doesn't even know meaning of fatiha, juzz amma, or the pillars of emaan, or how to pray like the prophet....and he starts refuting SCHOLARS who spent their entire lives for the sake of Allaah and learning about His religion. With regards to "Islamqa" in particular...WAllaahi I have been reading fatawas from their website for over 10 years now and till this date...I have yet to find a SINGLE fatwa of theirs, that is incorrect....know you place ignorant modernistic idiots!

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    4. what is he writing???? where he takes all answers? from onislam.net? calling them followers of azhar"the oldest and most respected" school???
      now mecca and madina schoolsare new and azhar is the oldest?what a crap!!! macca and madina was and will be the most trusted placeses of knowlage according to hadith that meaning: islam will be surrounded to macca and madina as snake surrounded to its nest hole close to the last days.so its obviose.also he cant compare time of begining of islam and now days.in the begining of revelation it was allowed to live in kafir lands and there was no choice,and now a days you have choice.and if you will copare everything to that days then you have to make alcohol and gambling and many other thing halal first and then make them harom as it was in time of sahaba.but its not that way .thats why we need schoolars to seperate for us what is rite and what is wrong. wrong weared article!!!

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    5. So are u saying we those muslims living in africa countries especially Africans countries where christians are more than 70% will go to hell. Most of the fatwas are misguided or misinterpreted. Saudi Arabia always seek help from usa to fight against terrorist. Does it mean they are kaffirs.

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    6. Assalamu aleikum warahmatullah wabarakatu muslimeens

      (((The second condition is that he should be able to practise his religion openly, so that he can observe the rituals of Islam with no impediment. So he will not be prevented from establishing regular prayer, and praying Jumu’ah and offering prayers in congregation if there are others there with whom he can pray in congregation and pray Jumu’ah; and he will not be prevented from paying zakaah, fasting, performing Hajj and doing other rituals of Islam. If he will not be able to do that then it is not permissible to stay there because it becomes obligatory to migrate (hijrah) in that case.)))
      THEY MENTION CONDITIONS BROTHERS...LETS NOT MAKE UP WRONG MEANINGS..MAY ALLAH GUIDE US ALL TO THE RIGHT PATH N MAY ALLAH GRANT US JANNAH

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  2. Salaam Alaykum Maria, I hope you are in the best of health.

    I don't follow my own "whims". And to be honest I don't think you even read all the so called "fatwas" I posted about Islam QA. This is a common accusation thrown at those who don't want to follow Islam QA.

    Um no, the Prophet, peace be upon him, NEVER said its haraam to live in a non-Muslim country. Mecca and Medina at one point were dominated by non-Muslims. Tell me, are all the scholars and Imaams sinning for living in the West?

    Um no, the Prophet, peace be upon him, NEVER said in ANY HADITH, that one who does not pray is a kaffir. Anyone, who claims to be a Muslim, is a MUSLIM.

    Did you read other fatwas they post, more specifically about women?

    Onislam.net is actually the most popular site for fatwas. And it has credibility, it's run by Al Azher.

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    2. I'm by no means a scholar but I am learning a lot about Islam each day. Your statement: "Um no, the Prophet, peace be upon him, NEVER said in ANY HADITH, that one who does not pray is a kaffir. Anyone, who claims to be a Muslim, is a MUSLIM."

      This is when you know a person like you has no credibility and thus a person like who says this should not be listened to at all. Do not attempt to refute sincere scholars when you have no knowledge of the importance of prayer. Prayer is one of the 5 pillars of islam. Islam is the surface level faith which precede eman(inner faith). When you enter islam, you must abide by the 5 pillars of islam, as it is the commandment of Allah Azzawajal, otherwise you are beyond the pale of islam and are not a muslim.

      Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wassalam said, according to a hadith in saheeh Muslim.
      "Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his neglect of the prayer.”

      Those who completely do not pray and self-proclaim to be muslims are not muslims at all. This is because prayer is part of the surface level faith: Islam. You are able to see someone pray, unlike seeing the true faith which is eman. If one who does not pray at all, how can he/she say I'm a muslim? Honestly, answer me this.

      Thus, your entire attack on islamqa is discredited.

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    3. However, if someone misses prayer because of laziness (delaying prayer until end of its time), without an excuse (work that gets in the way of prayer) and because of these reasons he/she misses a prayer or two of a day while not denying that prayer is obligatory in Islam is still a muslim. However the moment he/she denies that prayer is obligatory for a muslim (denies that prayer is a pillar of islam), that's when he/she has entered into major kufr and is thus a complete kafir.

      What you have said to me is that you did not know of the sunnan of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhi Wassalam. You also think one who claims to be a muslim is a muslim which is not true. Any kafir can easily say he/she is a muslim while he/she has never prayed (thus never entered Islam by saying the shahadah) and you will just believe that person? SMH

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  3. IslamQA is the best website ever.
    Except for those who are westernized and brain washed Muslims may Allah give them guidance.
    Islam is based on Allah's rule. Read the website again they give u every answer with a clear proofs. Unless u don't want to understand it.
    May Allah guide us all. And protect us from those who misguide people from their ignorance. Ameen

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    1. I would expect an Islam QA worshipper to say such haram things.
      I am not weesternized or brain washed, it is YOU who is brainwashed by satan.

      May Allah guide and protect us from people like you ameen.

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    3. Aameen for the dua by ibn Yusuf.

      Question to brother Ali
      What authority do you have to call Al-Munajjid (may Allah preserve him and keep him on right path)a deviant. What is your qualification and expertise in Islamic studies. Even if you are trained in Islamic studies it will still not give you the moral authority to attack him in a way that he cannot defend himself.

      May Allah swt help us and guide us all.

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  4. Just say that you don't want to agree to their 'fatwas' and don't want to 'adopt' to their right practices! IslamQA has always posted enough evidences and porofs to support their points for your kind of information. I would recommend YOU to read them carefully instead. If someone says that a person who does NOT pray is NOT a kaafir, then verily, he has gone astray beyond limits. You seriously have no knowledge of the religion then, for one of the most famous hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) states, "Between a man and Kufr, is the abandonment of Salah" (Bukhari)

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    1. LOL so I guess I should agree with them on their hatred of women as well, huh?

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    2. Jasir ፦ i am sure u have at least missed sallah for one time in your life time !
      Are you a kafir now ?

      Ask your own self !

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  5. Thank you so much for writing this, jazak Allah(swt) khair :) Ignore the hateful comments. Islamqa seemed to be distorting Islam, so I looked up its reliability and came upon your post.. This explains the suspicious answers I've read. They might have some good answers, but they also have a lot of flawed/invalidated answers. Once again, jazak Allah(swt) khair, ignore the hateful comments, you are only spreading the truth and in sha' Allah I will help with that.

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  6. Thanks a lot for this article, very useful, may God reward you. I had no idea they said it's forbidden to drive for a woman. They also forbid to study if there are men in the university and say niqab is obligatory.

    But you are wrong about the polygamy. I used to think that way but discovered I was mistaken. Before Islam, men used to marry orphan girls (very young) just to get the inheritance. So the verse came and say "don't marry those orphan girls, marry 2,3 4 women as you wish" and then it recommands to have only one for the reason you must know. Yusuf Estes explains this in one of his videos, I don't remember the title but it is on Youtube. May God forgive me if I am wrong.

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  7. Ya he has some problems and these are real. The problem is not him (he made mistakes as any scholar) but googlers have problem to take everything google gave them.

    He said the arabs are best in intelligence and the Jews are next rhen the rest nation.

    Title of "Fatawa" (racism) "the vertue of the arabs" https://islamqa.info/en/115934

    In the following distorted tale he support the above link i gave.
    https://islamqa.info/en/117609

    I still have no problem but my problem is that according to him i am a devil if i doubt that ! Because the devil say i am better than adam (pbuh).

    He also said islam is not a religion of peace and this contradicted with the quran since Allah described himself as "Sallam".
    http://islamqa.info/en/43087

    He tried to explain the word peace (which is above his level) saying that "islam is peace in a sense that you fought disbelievers (non muslims;bracket mine) and they will submit to islam then that is peace.

    We can go to quote many garbage & self contradictory "fatawas" of him but unnecessary!

    Do this ; pray 5 times a day properly stay a way from any pice of shit groups.

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    1. By the way you too made some mistakes over there ... while attacking him :)

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  8. So if we find some Fatawa from Imam Malik that are not correct, does that mean that we leave everything he did?

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  9. May Allah guide us to the truth and give us the strength to act upon it, whether the consequences of doing so would be in favor of our desires or against them.

    May Allah free us from the conformity of the masses of the modern world, and make our hearts firm upon the path of Rasul Allah (saas).

    To be fair, IslamQA can sometimes lack touch in its delivery, and can miss the finer nuances that the various questioners are trying to convey (possibly due to some language and cultural barriers).

    With that said, I have never seen a single fatwa on IslamQA that didnt provide sufficient daleel (evidences) directly from the book of Allah and the sunnah of Nabi (saas). I have never felt that their fatwah committee was pushing a particular ideology, unless our being part of Ahl Sunnah wa Al Jama' is considered an "ideology".

    The frankness of its answers reflects the true spirit of Islam: truthfulness and simplicity. The abundance of content reflects it's nonsectarian roots, which are the roots of the correct Jama', the majority of Muslims.

    I think the white elephant in the room here is the fact that us as English speakers are affected by Western a.k.a. Kafir (or at least majority Kafir) culture by default. This unfortunately affects the way we understand everything, especially our religion which is under attack by mainstream media, academics, politicians, entertainment...everything global. Western (English speaking) Imams recognize this, and unfortunately, due to their desire for popularity and being accepted by the masses, many of them will water down the true Message in an effort to win popular appeal...and this is wrong.

    Your liberal sensitivities should not affect your religious values and certainly not your religious rulings.
    It is your religion, Islam, and all that is implied in the two shahaadahs that you took when you entered Islam (or that which you were raised upon), that should curb and uproot your liberal sensibilities, or any other sensibilities/biases for that matter.

    It is not part of intellect to use fancy, sophisticated words in order to illustrate your superiority. Words should be used to distinguish truth from falsehood. True intellect belongs to the one who submits to whatever Allah and His Messenger have asked, and true superiority is according to ones piety. IslamQA attracts these types; people who don't want to be treated like babies and munaafiqs, people who accept the implications of their shaadah, people who want the truth because they are prepared to follow it.

    What makes this article foolish is not the fact that you disagree with some of the Fataawah and viewpoints of IslamQA, but what does make this article foolish is that in your attempt to distinguish true Islam you have attacked a source of goodness and truth, have made unfair and exaggerated criticisms, have preferred personal opinion to textual evidences, and have sought to divide Muslims according to hot-button issues. I suggest you fear Allah when you speak and when you post things, and that when dealing with Muslims (especially ones who have dedicated their life to knowledge) you give credit where credit is due. Do not draw lines between Muslims and Muslims, only between Muslims and Non-Muslims, since Allah has commanded those lines to be drawn, and He SWT has forbidden splitting from the Jamaa'.

    Jazakum Allahu Khairun

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  10. For all of you ignorant Jaahils who is refuting their deviant, brainwashed opinion that Muslims can live in a non-Muslim country and that Saudi Arabia was once a non-Muslim country, here! We are allowed to live in a non-Muslim country under certain CONDITIONS ONLY! And one of them includes if you are inviting masses of people to Islam and spreading the religion of Allah. Isn't that what the Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam) did?! And didn't he succeed in doing so? Now aren't the majority in KSA muslims?

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  11. Actually, I don't want to say anything about this article but I couldn't afford not to.

    The writer, I believe its a sickness, I mean the sickness mentioned in Qur'an. Doubt and so on. I have been reading through islamqa and one thing I love them for is that they give evidence from Qur'an, Hadeeth and from the guided scholars. I can say that you are not in position to proof islamqa wrong except if you can provide evidence from Qur'an and Hadeeth.

    May Allah foegive us all.

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  12. I believe that Islamqa is the best site! Finito

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  13. I dont agree with you and dont try to divide the ummah..
    Islamqa is the best

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  14. I dont agree with you and dont try to divide the ummah..
    Islamqa is the best

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  15. Sooooo Islamqa is still around and going strong while the links provided as so-called "refutatiion" are all gone! =)

    The truth remains while falsehood disappears! Allaahu Akbar!

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  16. No wonder IslamQa is a Wahabi website and Wahabism is all about spreading terrorism, degrading women, declaring other Muslims as Kafirs, and spreading rigidity.

    All terrorist groups like ISIS, AL QAEEDA, JANDULLAH, BOKO HARAM, AL SHIBAAB, and others belong to Wahabi cult.

    Keep up the good work admin. You have hit Islamqa hard.

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  17. This article will be such a heavy burden for you to carry OP and I highly recommend that you take it down or replace it. Last week we had a discussion regarding an issue and an answer sourced from IslamQA was provided and subhanAllah the number of people that said that islamQA is a doubtful source, subhanAllah; no evidence for this claim at all whilst islamQA provides evidence from the Quran and the Prophet PBUH. How can you disagree with Allah, subhanAllah! It is not for us to have firm opinions about something before we know what Allah wishes for us to have; if true evidence provided then who are we to disagree? what are we? How can we have a problem with what Allah tells us? The number of people you have influenced will be a heavy load for you, how many people may have read this and ignore sound islamic advice, fear Allah!

    For those stuck on the 'not praying makes you a kafir'; here is the fall of those that may even pray let alone do not pray: 'And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little, Wavering between them, [belonging] neither to the believers nor to the disbelievers. And whoever Allah leaves astray - never will you find for him a way.' (Quran 4:142-143). And if you deny the words of Allah as proof, then I dissociate myself from you and what you believe.

    May Allah make us and our families of those that pray 5 times a day, and protect us from the whispers of shaytaan who is a clear enemy to us all, wishing to place doubt in our hearts and disagreements between our brothers and sisters. May Allah protect us from destroying ourselves and our akhira and may He guide us in a beautiful way, Ameen.

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