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“If a person follows a creed other than the salafi creed is he a mushrik?” Shaykh Muhammad Hassan Walad al-Dido al-Shanqiti

By Shaykh Muhammad Hassan Walad al-Dido al-Shanqiti | Translated by Suhaib Webb

The Question:

“If someone dies on an (islamic) creed other than the salaf is he a polytheist?”

The Answer:

“No, because the goal of faith is for a person to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them), the Hereafter and al-Qadar; the good and the bad in a general sense. Whoever believes in these things, then he is a Muslim, and whoever rejects one of these things is not. What defines one as being a Muslim or a non-Muslim are these six points (pillars of faith). Thus, one who is not aware of anything related to creed (‘Aqidah) except that he believes in Allah (may He be magnified and exalted), the angels, the revealed books, the messengers and al-Qadar; believing in them in a general sense. unaware of the subtle points of (these aspects of faith), then he is a believer without a doubt. And if he dies on this (a general faith), then he will enter Paradise.”


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  • Subhan Allah! That’s what I always intuitively knew to be correct. Our deen is easy and even our worldly standards for passing or failing something take the lowest common denominator into account. Why would Allah expect everyone to know the intricacies of how to interpret his attributes when everyone is not even exposed to such level of knowledge?

  • Jazaka Allah brother islamic creed is easy and is not complicated as same people put it and we need to present ot to the people as it is. THanks

  • Asalamu alikum
    I am from Afghanistan and graduated from school I want to countinu Islamic study in Al azhar Islamic unevirsty how I can do that
    Thanks to give advise

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