Al-Albaani vs. Irjāʾ

by The Albaani Site


Shaikh al-Albaani’s statements in accordance with the belief of the Salaf regarding īmān as compared to the misguided beliefs of the Murjiʾah on īmān.

1. Al-Albaani: “Īmān consists of statements [of the tongue], actions and belief. Righteous actions are part of the reality of īmān.” Adh-Dhabb al-Aḥmad, pp. 32-33, and At-Taʿlīq ʿalā aṭ-Ṭaḥāwiyyah, pp. 66-69.
The Murjiʾah: “Īmān only consists of statements of the tongue and belief. Righteous actions are not part of the reality of īmān.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/194, 13/38.

2. Al-Albaani: “Righteous actions are a fundamental pillar of īmān.” Muqaddimah Sharḥ al-ʿAqīdah aṭ-Ṭaḥāwiyyah, p. 58.
The Murjiʾah: “Righteous actions are the fruit of īmān not a part of it.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/204. 

3. Al-Albaani: “Īmān increases and decreases, it increases by doing acts of obedience and decreases through acts of disobedience.” Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah 4/369, al-Hudā wan-Nūr, no. 218.
The Murjiʾah: “Īmān does not increase or decrease because it is a singular entity which cannot be broken into parts or sections, so if some of it goes all of it is gone.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 12/474.

4. Al-Albaani: “The obligation of the connection between the outer and the inner: the actions of the heart and those of the limbs.” Muqaddimah Sharḥ al-ʿAqīdah aṭ-Ṭaḥāwiyyah, p. ل، ن.
The Murjiʾah: “There is no connection between the outer and the inner, for major disbelief may actually emanate from someone whose heart is firm in faith.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/583.

5. Al-Albaani: “It is permitted to say, ‘I am a believer, inshā Allaah,’ [استثناء].’” Aḍ-Ḍaʿīfah, 6/152.
The Murjiʾah: “The impermissibility of saying, ‘I am a believer, inshā Allaah,’ [استثناء] because that is to have doubt in faith.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/429.

6. Al-Albaani: “The evildoer [fāsiq] who abandons obligatory duties is weak in faith and we fear disbelief for him.” Aḍ-Ḍaʿīfah, 1/212.
The Murjiʾah: “The īmān of the most evil sinners is like that of the most obedient people.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/679.

7. Al-Albaani: “Disbelief can occur in the heart, on one’s tongue, and through one’s limbs by denying [the Truth], rejecting it, obstinately persisting [against it], hypocrisy, turning away from it, and doubting it.” Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah 7/134, al-Hudā wan-Nūr, no. 855.
The Murjiʾah: “Disbelief is only in the heart, because faith is only found in the heart.”Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/547.

8. Al-Albaani: “Abusing Allaah or His Messenger or His religion is major disbelief which contradicts īmān from every angle, and the one who does it is a disbeliever if he did it intentionally.” Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah 7/134, al-Hudā wan-Nūr, nos. 634 and 743.
The Murjiʾah: “Abusing Allaah or His Messenger or His religion is not disbelief, but it is a sign of disbelief, in fact, it can be present at the same time as the reality of īmān is present.” Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, 7/557-583.
Al-Kunāsha al-Bairūtī.