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The Excuse of Ignorance?

العذر بالجهل؟

Question:

What is your opinion in regards to the statement of the one who says: Indeed one who comitts shirk and kufr is not declared to be an unbeliever, except after him having knowledge of the affair in its entirety?

ما رأيكم في قول من قال: إن من أتى بالشرك والكفر لا يُكفر إلا بعد معرفته بالأمر كله؟

Answer:

If the likes of this person is ignorant, due to him residing in a land which is cut off and nothing has reached him, then he is excused [for his ignorance]. As for the one who lives in the land of the Muslims, hearing the Qu'ran, hearing the Ahadeeth, hearing the speech of the people of knowledge [Scholars], then this one is not excused with ignorance; since the proof has been established upon him.

إذا كان مثله يجهل ؛ لأنه في بلد منقطع ما بلغه شيء، فإنه يعذر، أما إذا كان في بلاد المسلمين ويسمع القرآن ويسمع الأحاديث ويسمع كلام أهل العلم، فهذا لا يعذر بالجهل، لأنه قامت عليه الحجة

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan
Silsilatu sharhir-Rasaail, p117.

سلسلة شرح الرسائل، ص ۱۱٧

Translated by Abu 'Abdillaah al-Kashmiri
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