Asking About Misconceptions in Fatwa Forum Where All Categories of People May Be Present
Fatwa No: 440128

Question

Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarokatuh. Dear mufti, may i ask a question. I want to ask two questions. Is it allowed to ask a suspicious argument that cause distortion (shubhat) in front of public where the layman, knowledge seeker, and mufti is there in the fatwa forum, considering that shubhat could cause doubt in some person in that forum?The second question is, is it allowed for a son to pray behind a apostate father that mocks the three foundation that mentioned in ath thalaathatul ushool -to be specified- or mocks hadith -in general-?

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.

With regard to your first question, if that misconception is so widespread that it needs an answer and clarification from the Mufti, and the Mufti was able to remove it and there is a benefit in raising it in this forum, then there is nothing wrong with that.

However, if it is a misconception that is not widespread and raising such a misconception would lead those who are following this forum to confusion and doubt, then it is better to avoid raising it. If a person finds any doubt in himself, then let him look for an answer to such misconception privately without raising it in public forums or means.

As for your second question, it seems that it stems from whispers (Waswasah), as issuing a ruling on a person that he is a non-Muslim (disbeliever) is not an easy matter; rather, some conditions must be met while there should not be any Islamic impediments for declaring him as such.

It is believed that this father who prays is not a disbeliever even if he has some misconceptions or errors in some matters. Therefore, you must avoid these whispers and not be hasty in judging any specific person to be a disbeliever or an apostate without the eligibility to issue these judgments.

Allah knows best.

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