Watching video that depicts Allah talking to Adam and Eve in college
Fatwa No: 337414

  • Fatwa Date:9-1-2017 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 11, 1438
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Question

Assalaamu alaykum. A few weeks ago, during a class at my university, the teacher put up a video were it showed what they claim to be Allaah talking with Adam and Eve. I felt too shy to leave the classroom. I did not raise my sight, so I did not see what they claim to be Allaah, Allaah willing, but I briefly saw the persons supposed to be Adam and Eve, maybe not intentionally, but I did see them as I was on the first row of the class. Please tell me if I became a disbeliever or have comitted apostasy due to this. If I did, then tell me what I should do: repent, do ghusl, and say the testimony of faith? In what order should I do this? May Allaah bless you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

What was shown in that video is a great evil, and it is not permissible to see it nor to stay in the place where the video is played; Allah says (what means): {And it has already come down to you in the Book that when you hear the verses of Allah [recited], they are denied [by them] and ridiculed; so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed Allah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together.} [Quran 4:140]

You should have left the classroom if you did not fear that you would be harmed by doing so.

However, a Muslim does not become a disbeliever just by seeing that film; the saying of Allah in the previous verse, ‘you would then be like them’, does not entail committing disbelief; rather, it means sharing the sin.

Ibn ‘Aashoor  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in At-Tahreer wat-Tanweer, “This similarity indicates considering this sin as very grave, as a threat and to frighten (people from doing it). A believer does not become a hypocrite by sitting with the hypocrites; the similarity is in regard to the sin, and not to the extent of the sin; that is to say that you would be like them in being involved in sins.

Finally, we would like to point out the seriousness of studying in such universities, and that a Muslim should endeavor his best in looking for another university that does not involve such violations of Islam.

Allah knows best.

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