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Bohra commit shirk

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There was this question by one of the subscribers asking you whether a "Bohri" is considered a Muslim or not and wheteher one can marry a "Bohri" or not and your answer was that the Bohri`s are "legally" Muslim by the Shaariah but at the same time you said that they commit all sorts of "shirk" conducts. Now, that got me confused since how can one who commits the act of "shirk" still be considered "legally" Muslim by the "shariaah" when The Quran clearly says those who do shirk are the non-believers? Please enlighten for I`m utterly confused with your answer. TQ 


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Bohra commit shirk

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2526  Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘Three things are the roots of faith:

  1. to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, "There is no god but Allah",  and
  2. not to declare him an unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and
  3. not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action.


There is a distinct difference between a ‘legal’ muslim and a ‘true’ muslim in Islam.  If one amongst mankind declares the ‘shahaadah’ or testimony of faith: ‘Laa ilaaha illallah, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah’, he will be considered a ‘legal’ muslim in the sight of Shariah or Islamic Law.  Regardless of his acts or deeds, immediately upon the declaration of this testimony of faith, he will be treated as a believer and all the rights that are due to a believer will be accorded to him in full: he can marry amongst the believers, he can visit the Sacred Mosque in Makkah, the food he slaughters is halaal for the believers, he will inherit from his believing parents, his believing children will inherit from him, he will be given a muslim burial, etc. 


None has the power to determine with certainty what are the intentions and motives of another; this Power is vested in the Domain of the All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord Alone.  And He Alone will determine who is a ‘true’ muslim on the Day of Resurrection. 


Thus, regardless of what sins a person commits, if one declares his belief in Allah and His Last Messenger (saws), he will be treated as a ‘legal’ muslim in the sight of Shariah and the believers.  Unless and until the person himself declares his intention to leave the fold of Islam, no one has a right to excommunicate the person who has declared the testimony of faith.  It is only on the Day of Judgment when the All-Knowing, All-Wise will determine who indeed was a ‘true’ muslim.


There is one more major difference in the ‘shirk’ committed by the people who claim to be muslims and the ‘shirk’ committed by the idolators like the Hindus, etc.  If one confronts a ‘legal’ muslim one suspects of doing acts of shirk, he will immediately deny that the invoking of graves or prostrating of priests is an act of ‘shirk’, for he is not conversant with the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah and commits these abominable acts of shirk in absolute ignorance!  If these our brethren only knew that their these acts are declared as acts of ‘shirk’ in the Glorious Quran by their Lord in whom they have professed belief, they would leave it immediately and seek repentance!  The idolators on the other hand confess that they believe there are many gods, each having absolute powers over a department of their life; and they invoke them whenever they seek help in that department. 


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72:

Whoever commits ‘shirk’ (invoking anything with Allah),  Allah shall forbid for him Paradise,  and Hell shall be his abode.  And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.


Not that there would be any difference between the end result in the Supreme and Just Court of the Lord in the Hereafter of a muslim committing shirk or a hindu committing shirk; for ‘shirk’ is still ‘shirk’, and this abomination has been singled out as the most heinous and unforgivable of sins in Islam.  But because one has professed belief in Allah and His Last and Final Messenger (saws), they will be considered ‘legal’ muslims in the sight of the Shariah and the believers in the life of this world, and every single right which is due to a muslim will be accorded to them in full.  It is only on the Day of Judgment when Allah will hold them severely accountable for their abominations of ‘shirk’.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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