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The Sons of a Mushrik Who Affirm Allaahs Oneness May not Inherit from him

A man prays and fasts and performs all of the pillars of Islam, but in spite of all this, he supplicates to other than Allaah, by making Tawassul through Walis, he seeks help from them, and believes that they are able to bring him benefits and protect him from any harm. Inform us - may Allaah reward you with goodness - may his sons who affirm the Oneness of Allaah and do not associate any partners with Allaah inherit from him? Also what is the ruling on them?

Whoever prayed, fasted and performed the pillars of Islam, except that he seeks help from the dead and the absent living and the angels and the like, is a Mushrik and if he was advised, but he did not accept (the advice) and remained determined upon this until his death, he is a Mushrik, guilty of major Shirk, which takes him out of the fold of Islam. So he should not be washed, nor should the funeral prayer be prayed over him, nor should he be buried in the graveyard of the Muslims, nor should prayer for forgiveness be prayed over him, nor should his sons, nor his father, nor his brothers nor any other Muslims who affirms the Oneness of Allaah inherit from him, due to the difference in their religion, based upon the saying of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam): The Muslim does not inherit the disbeliever, neither does the disbeliever inherit the Muslim. [1] And may peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

[1] Al-Bukhari no. 6764 and Muslim no. 1614

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 5 Page 82
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