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As Salamu alaykum respected Mufti

I am a follower of the Hanafi madhhab and aqeedah of Ahlu-Sunnah wal Jama’ah, I humbly request you to clarify the following questions accordingly:

1) Can plain acts nullify the iman of a person although the belief of the person in itself would be sound?

2) Could you name a few acts who nullify the iman although the beliefs in itself are sound?

3) Does not praying but believing praying to be fard nullify one’s iman?

4) Does not ruling by sharee’ah but believing that ruling by sharee’ah is fard nullify one’s iman?

I have read that the belief of the Ahlu-Sunnah wal Jama’ah is that as long as a person does not deem a prohibited (haram) act as allowed (halal) he will still be a Muslim if he does this prohibited act.

Does this basic ruling comprise ALL acts, or are there specific acts which will nullify a person’s iman completely ignoring the beliefs of that person? For example doing an act of shirk like prostrating to an idol although believing that it is haram to do so, would this nullify the iman?

Jazak Allah khayr for your answer.

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Asked on December 14, 2009 12:00 am
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1) No
2) A act with a wrong belief takes one out of the fold (of Islaam).
3) No
4) No, as long as one's Imaan (belief) is valid the un-Islaamic act will not remove the person from the fold of Islaam.
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Answered on December 14, 2009 12:00 am