In the name of Allah, (God), Most Merciful, Most Compassionate.
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
(May) Peace be upon you with the Mercy of Allah and (His) Blessings!
Dear brothers and sisters.
The subject that I would like to broach on today is the question whether Islam allows those who were formerly Kaffirs and have embraced it officially to revert back to their Kufr beliefs?
This is a constant problem that crops up when those who are Kaffirs convert to Islam purely for the reason of marrying someone whom they love who happens to be a Muslim (male or female).
Such a conversion which is done not based on one's faith in Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala but more inclined towards legalizing one's union with his or her Muslim lover almost always ends in both a legal and religious wrangle when things go sour between them.
I choose to write about this matter concerning those of us Malaysians who come from many faiths and ethnicities and often hear of such cases cropping up now and then amongst our population.
Even as I start this topic, there is a raging thread of discussions in an online group of which I am subscribed to as a member.
This issue is being hotly discussed in the forum but the answers and views which are being submitted by those who are Non Muslims reflect a serious lack of understanding about what Islam has to say about such matters and many of the statements by the concerned ones smacks of gross misunderstanding and misinformation?
Now, let me start by emphasizing that there is no compulsion upon any Kaffir to embrace Islam!
The Holy Al Qur'an Al Karim which is The Last (Final) and Complete Testament of Allah (God Almighty) for all mankind has this to say about the matter :
256. La ikraha fee alddeeni qad tabayyana alrrushdu mina alghayyi faman yakfur bialttaghooti wayu/min biAllahi faqadi istamsaka bialAAurwati alwuthqa la infisama laha waAllahu sameeAAun AAaleemun
256. Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all things.This is in Surah Al Baqarah ( The Heifer), Chapter 2 Verse 256.
In the verse above, Allah the Almighty stresses to us not to compel anyone into Islam. This is referring to those who are not born into Islam. Those who are born as Muslims shoulder the responsibility to study about their birthright and learn from authentic sources of the Knowledge of Islam in order to understand their obligations as a Muslim.
The next verse after the above warns mankind of the consequences that they will face in the Hereafter when they reject faith and refuse to submit to Him out of their choice.
257. Allahu waliyyu allatheena amanoo yukhrijuhum mina alththulumati ila alnnoori waallatheena kafaroo awliyaohumu alttaghootu yukhrijoonahum mina alnnoori ila alththulumati ola-ika as-habu alnnari hum feeha khalidoona
257. God is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).
Allah makes it very clear to mankind of the consequences of our choices. Those of us who submit to Allah are promised salvation and those who choose to reject Him will face retribution. Plain and simple.
Those who choose to embrace Islam for whatever reasons must understand the reality that becoming a Muslim is a choice between Haqq and Batil. Right or wrong. Light or Darkness. Heaven or Hell. Between becoming a Believer or remaining as a Kaffir.
Becoming a Muslim is not something that you do at the spur of the moment. Just because you fall in love with someone who is a Muslim, doesn't warrant that you embrace Islam and utter the Kalimah Shahadah just like the pledge to be a Boy Scout or Girl Guide?
This is something that you do not take as an idle club membership or belonging into a college or university campus fraternity!
Uttering the Kalima Shahadah requires you to believe in Allah the Almighty God and Creator in the truest of sense, belief, faith, understanding and total submission of your entire being to be a true Servant of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala!!!
There is no turning back into Kufr after one chooses out of his or her own volition to become a Muslim @ Believer in Almighty Allah!
You do not have the right to rescind your submission to Him, the Almighty God and Supreme Master of all that there is!
This is the reality of becoming a Muslim.
Islam is submitting to Allah. Period.
It is not a club membership. Or is it a cult or whatever else that ignorants choose to spout or spew forth from their misguidance.
Becoming a Muslim is the birthright of each and every human being here on Earth.
Yet Islam does not compel any Kaffir to submit out of their own hidden agenda of just wanting to be with a Muslim or Muslimah for the sake of legalizing their union of marriage based not on one's true faith in Islam but more of a legal convenience.
Such a union of marriage is doomed to end up in disaster for the foundation of such a relationship was built on false pretenses.
Not really a true believer but more of being an insincere useless pretender.
Putting up an act of being a Muslim in order to dupe his or her spouse that they did so sincerely out of faith in Allah and accepting Islam for all that it is.
Thus, Islam discourages such a false conversion into it in the first place.
I do not wish to dwell upon other nation's legalities, practices and regulations concerning such conversions for it is not within my understanding of their foreign norms and cultures.
I speak based upon the situation here in our land, the Kingdom of Malaysia.
There are many cases of Malaysian Indians and Chinese embracing Islam just because they want to get married to the Malays, Indian Muslims, Chinese Muslims, etc.
Quite a number of them embrace Islam just for show.
They dishonestly utter their Kalima Shahadah out of the need to fulfill the religious and official regulations here in Malaysia and put up a great act of becoming a Muslim just to get that Certificate of Conversion into Islam to marry their chosen Muslim partner.
Remember the case of Siti Fatima Tan binti Abdullah and her Iranian husband?
That's a classic example of such false pretenses of one embracing Islam for one's practical needs.
Depending on the Aqeedah ( Bedrock of Faith) of their Muslim partner, chances are that if the Muslim spouse him or herself aren't really a true practitioner of Islam, the couple will live just a life devoid of Iman and Amals.
Iman being Faith @ Belief and Amals which are the Deeds @ Practices of Islam.
Failure to live according to the tenets and principles of Islam leads to a life prone to straying away of the couple's promise to be true to one another and almost often leads to a souring of their feelings towards each other.
Once the 'honeymoon is over' and the relationship is tested times and times again based upon the false beliefs upon which that union was made, the tendency to call it a day will rear its ugly head and the one who pretended to be a Muslim will just come up and say;
' Hey! It's been great knowing you but I guess it's time for me to wish you well and say goodbye!
No hard feelings but I think you know it as well that we aren't exactly made for each other till Kingdom come or Death do us part, so what do you say we call it quits, eh?
You know that I became a Muslim just because I loved you but now that we are no longer comfortable being together and I really don't subscribe to all this staying away from all that I used to enjoy is really becoming sort of a major headache for me, I'd really like to stop all these and go back to what I was before?
You know for sure that I have really not believed in all this and that I became a Muslim just to qualify marrying you!
So what do you say, huh?"
That my dear brothers and sisters is the likely conversation that usually takes place between these couples where one of them embraced Islam not out of faith in Allah but more to enable them to get married according to our Malaysian Islamic Authorities regulations and stipulations.
A marriage of convenience and a conversion based upon deceit and a hidden agenda of the one who is a great pretender.
My advice to those of you who are not really amongst those who truly believe in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala is to spare all of us the misery and heartaches.
Please do not embrace Islam just because you have the hots for someone who is a Muslim.
Please! The nation does not need this kind of theatrics.
If we want to go watch a damn good kick ass play or what, we will head on over to Istana Budaya and enjoy that play well and not have to suffer further scandals and unnecessary legal mumbo jumbo from those who just so love to create and dwell on such controversies spiced with religious fervor and official tug of wars between those of us who champion and defend Islam and those who make a killing in legal fees whilst enjoy being mainstream media darlings!
Spare us the heartaches. I beg you.
If on the other hand, you really truly believe in Allah and Al Islam, know that it is your Fitrah @ Birthright to be one of us who are Muslims!
Then by all means, come and be with us in the Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat.
Islam is your right as well as ours.
No one can stop you from becoming a Muslim except your own self.
Not wishing to stray away from the subject matter, I wish to remind those who are not sincere in wanting to be a Muslim and just want to put up a class act of being one, is to please stop the nonsense and please be as you really, truly are?
It's not a kind thing to do to someone whom you love or desire. To pretend loving them, giving them false hopes and once you have had your satisfaction of having them for a while, choose to turn your back on them and desert them for greener pastures or fresher 'meat'.
Treachery of such kind will come back to haunt you. This I promise.
For Life is just like a boomerang. It will come back to kick you in your ass or in your life. Just like a knife. It will cut you when you are careless.
You who leaves a bleeding heart behind will not be spared from suffering the same yourself.
What goes around comes around. This has been proven in so many cases since Time immemorial and Almighty God Who created us knows very well what is in our hearts and minds?
Do have a heart and stop creating unnecessary and needless problems for our fragile nation.
We do not need pretenders amongst us, believe me. We already have a fair share in the ummah.
Islam is for Believers ; not Deceivers!
You want to pretend?
Please go and join a theater.
Remain as you are if you lack the faith and spare all those who have come to trust and believe in you if you really are not up to it in living life as a true Muslim or Muslimah.
Those who have embraced Islam, be reminded that it is a solemn declaration of faith towards Almighty Allah and believe me you do not want to mess with Him.
He can be the Most Compassionate and Most Merciful if He so wants but if you incur His Wrath, then my friend, who is there that can spare you from what you deserve and coming to you?
Be a Muslim or remain as a Kaffir!
It's best that you decide well and be truthful about it.
There is no in between the two.
You either choose to live in Faith or Disbelief.
The choice is yours.
Have a blessed Jumaat O Muslims and to those who aren't, ' May Allah bless you with His Guidance!'
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.
Zainol Abideen @ Mahaguru58,
Bandar Tun Razak,
56000, Kuala Lumpur.
* Read this article as well. Cikgu Nur Aliya Yeoh is a Chinese Muslim schoolteacher. She writes from her heart and is a dedicated member of The Muslim Bloggers Alliance. May Allah bless her.