Words that Lead to Disbelief in Islam

There are words commonly used among people that lead to disbelief (kufr). These are words that entail insulting Allah or His Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him), or the angels or divine Books or divine Pre-decree or that connote insulting acts of worship such as prayer, fasting or Hajj.

Examples of these dangerous words are as follows:

  1. “Disbelievers are far better than Muslims!”” If one means their religion.
  2. “All people are disbelievers!”
  3. To say, when one is afflicted with a calamity, “Where is Allah? I can’t see Him!”
  4. To console someone who has just lost a son with expressions such as, “Allah needs him!”
  5. To say, when asked to thank Allah, “What should I thank Him for? For this unpleasant life?”
  6. To say, “He is thanked by only those to whom He gave provisions, wealth, fame and children!”
  7. To say when asked to do something, “If Allah comes down to this earth I will not do such and such!”
  8. To tell someone who is in a state of anger, “Invoke blessing upon the one you worship (meaning Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him))!” This is wrong for the Messenger is not worshipped. It is only Allah Who is worshipped and none but Him alone has the exclusive right to be worshipped.

Some people also say, “Allah gives sweet to him who does not have teeth.” This expression is wrong if the intention is to attribute ignorance to Allah.

What a heinous expression it is! This is because they accuse Allah, by this shocking expression, of injustice by bestowing blessing on those who do not deserve it. Denying it to those who deserve it or of ignorance by mistakenly bestowing blessings to some people and leaving out others. This is a clear lie invented against Allah, and He is far above that.

It is also a manifestation of disbelief to deny the miracle of any of Allah’s Prophets, which is authentically established in consecutively reported narrations or to deny occasions in which Allah honored His servants as clearly mentioned in His Book.

For instance, Allah says, relating to Prophet Zachariah’s conversation with Mary:

 يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّىٰ لَكِ هَٰذَا ۖ قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِنْدِ اللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

“0 Maryam (Mary)! From where have you got this?” She said, “This is from Allaah.” Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit.”
Aal ‘Imraan 3:37

Another common but potentially dangerous expression is, “Anyone who holds unto his religion, Allah will help him””.

This expression could lead to disbelief if the intention is that Allah helps even the disbelievers over their religions and that He is pleased with their disbelief.

For, this clearly contradicts what Allah says in the Qur’an:

ۖ إِنْ تَكْفُرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ عَنْكُمْ ۖ وَلَا يَرْضَىٰ لِعِبَادِهِ الْكُفْرَ

“He likes not disbelief for His slaves.”
Az-Zumar 39:7

An expression that could also lead to kufr is to vow for other than Allah, for it is an act of worship that should be dedicated to Allah alone.

It is also a word of disbelief to say in response to the fact that the punishment of the grave is true, “Who has been there and has witnessed it?”” or to say;

“This is false and unfounded talk.”” Uttering expressions like these instantly turns the speaker into a disbeliever. This is because he has denied a clear and explicit verse of the Book of Allah, which says:

النَّارُ يُعْرَضُونَ عَلَيْهَا غُدُوًّا وَعَشِيًّا ۖ وَيَوْمَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ أَدْخِلُوا آلَ فِرْعَوْنَ أَشَدَّ الْعَذَابِ

“The Fire, they are exposed to it, morning and afternoon. And on the Day when the Hour will be established (it will be said to the angels): “Cause Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) people to enter the severest torment!”
Ghaafir 40:46

Another dangerous expression that could lead a person out of the fold of Islam is to say, “Islam is not compatible with this age. It is rigid.”

Other dangerous statements are:

“I weakened my Lord.” For, nothing can weaken Allah because He is Creator of all things and possesses overwhelming power over His slaves.

“I hate my Lord.” May Allah forbid!

“May Allah be saved for me!” This is wrong for Allah is neither affected with disease, old age or death that safety is sought for Him. If a Muslim thinks over what this statement connotes, he would never utter it.

Beware of uttering expressions such as the ones given above for they could take a person out of the fold of Islam. Also warn others against uttering them.

Keep your tongue under control and do not allow it to sting you for it is like a snake. Know that you will be held accountable before Allah for every statement you uttered.

Allah says:

مَا يَلْفِظُ مِنْ قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ

“Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).” 
Qaaf 50:l8

The Messenger of Allah said, “Whenever the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all parts of the body implore the tongue saying, “Fear Allah regarding us, for we are dependent on you. If you are upright we will also be upright; and if you are crooked, we also will be crooked.”

Recorded by At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Khuzaymah; it is an authentic narration 

The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said the truth when he said,

“If Allah protects a person from the evil of what is between his moustache (meaning his mouth against uttering bad words) and beard and what is between his legs (meaning his private parts against engaging in illegal sexual intercourse), he will enter Paradise.””

Recorded by At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibbaan; it is an authentic narration