Church funeral

Question ID: 19114

Aslaamu Alaikum
Could you please give a fatwa for the following at your earliest convenience.

A Muslim person was asked/invited to attend a christian work colleague’s funeral in a church. The Muslim attended. He also wore black shirt, trousers clothes etc. He had No intention of Kufr.

In the church during the funeral everyone was given a paper with prayers and other writing etc. The muslim had a read of what was written on the paper and also read them so the work colleagues next to him don’t think bad of him.

The vicar and other christian’s repeated some hymns and prayers and words etc. But the muslim person did NOT say any hymns or prayers. On numerous occasions during the funeral the vicar made everyone stand up and then sit back down, as this might have been part of the christian funeral, so the Muslim also stood up with the rest of the Christians because he didn’t want to be rude (not standing up might have come across rude) and because he felt awkward if he didnt stand up.

Does attending this funeral, wearing black and standing up during the funeral procedures make him a kaafir? Does he have to repeat kalima and Nikah?

Please note the Muslim had no intention of Kufr. He sat in the church and observed this funeral. Jazakula

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Asked on January 23, 2016 2:58 am
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The Muslim has erred in the first place by accepting the invitation.
He has committed a major sin.
He has to make sincere Taubah and Istikhfaar.
He must firmly resolve never ever to do such an action in his life again.
He must be remorseful for what he has done.
He must ask Allaah to forgive him.
He does NOT leave the fold of Islaam.

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Answered on February 9, 2016 6:25 pm