The consequences of committing major shirk

Reference: Silsilah Kitaab ad-Da ‘wah (11), al-Fataawa – Volume 4, Page 3

Question: Does everyone who commits ash-Shirk al-Akbar (the association of a partner in worship with Allaah on a major level) become a mushrik, and thereby the [appropriate] rulings pertaining to the mushrikeen are applied upon them?

Response: Yes. Whoever disbelieves in Allaah becomes a disbeliever, and whoever commits shirk with Allaah becomes a mushrik; Just as whoever believes in Allaah and His Messenger becomes a believer (mu.min) and muwahhid (one who attests to the Oneness of Allaah).

As for he to whom the [Islaamic] da’wah has not been conveyed, then it is not said of him that he is neither a believer and nor a disbeliever, and he is not to be dealt with as a Muslim, rather his affair is with Allaah on the Day of Resurrection, and they are those who are unaware since the [Islaamic] da’wah has not been conveyed to them, they shall (instead) be tested on the Day of Resurrection.

As for him to whom the [Islaamic] da’wah has been conveyed and he has [subsequently] not believed and become a Muslim, then he is a disbeliever and an enemy of Allaah.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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