Boycotting Another Muslim | 1

by The Albaani Blog


Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

Questioner: Regarding an individual who boycotts [others] … if a person [the boycotted] came to him [the boycotter] and extended his hand to him [offering to shake hands] and tried to speak with him and the other person [the boycotter] refused, what should he do?

Al-Albaani: If that’s true then it is as though you’re feeding him hot ashes, i.e., it is as though you are throwing ash in his eyes: so you do what is obligatory upon you and don’t care.

Questioner: How many times should I repeat this?

Al-Albaani: Every time you do it, the reward will be multiplied for you, and the sin will become more severe upon him.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 25.

Questioner: What are the reasons which permit one to boycott another Muslim? And when it becomes permissible, what are the limits [of this] boycotting and cutting off as regards time?

Al-Albaani: Without doubt, the reasons which permit the boycotting of a Muslim are his persistence on committing forbidden acts which he knows are forbidden in Islaam. So when he persists in that, then boycotting and cutting off from him is permissible.

As for the second part of the question?

Questioner: Continuing from the first part of the same question, I say: is boycotting the people of innovation from the same category?

Al-Albaani: From the same category. This requires a clarification as I alluded to earlier.

Questioner: That he knows.

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: So what are the limits regarding [this] boycotting, cutting off and the time limit?

Al-Albaani: The limits are clear that if the persistent, disobedient Muslim sinner [faasiq], the criminal [faajir], continues upon his disobedience to his Lord, then the boycotting and cutting off persists until he repents to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.  And if he turns back we turn back to him, and return to interacting/communicating with him as our Lord, the Blessed and Most High, ordered us to.  The length of time, therefore, is in the hands of the one who is being boycotted.  It is within his hands to lengthen it and it is in his hands to shorten it.

Al-Huda wan Noor, 67.

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