Rejoicing upon death of enemies of Islam
Fatwa No: 347368

  • Fatwa Date:9-3-2017 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 11, 1438
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Question

Assalaamu alaykum. Is it allowed to say 'Alhamdulillah' or become glad upon hearing the news of the death of a disbeliever who had enmity with the Muslims or that of a dangerous innovator who spread many forms of polytheism, disbelief, innovations, and misconceptions among the ordinary Muslims?

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.

Praising Allah (saying Alhamdulillah) and becoming glad upon the death of the enemies of Islam and the people of serious innovation is permissible, and it is a favor from Allah on His slaves and on the plants and animals. Indeed, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was glad upon the killing of Abu Jahl and Ka‘b ibn Al-Ashraf, as they played a notorious role in fighting against Islam and the Muslims.

Ibn Sa'd narrated in his book At-Tabaqaat, “Abdul Hameed ibn Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Himmaani reported to us from Abu Haneefah, from Hammaad, who said, 'I gave the good news of the death of Al-Hajjaaj to Ibraaheem An-Nakhai, so he prostrated to Allah, and I saw him weeping with joy.

Besides, Al-Khallaal  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in As-Sunnah, “Abu Abdullah – i.e. Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal – was asked, ‘A man rejoices when he hears about the calamities that befell the people of Ibn Abu Du'aad (a notorious advocate of Mu'tazilite doctrines); is he sinful for this?’ He replied, ‘And who does not rejoice with that.’

Allah knows best.

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