Verily whoever ascribes a partner to Allāh, then Allāh has made Paradise ḥarām (impermissible) for him (i.e. He will never enter it), and his abode is the Fire. And there are no helpers for the oppressors whatsoever. [al-Māʾidah, 5:72]
And from it (this first nullifier) is to slaughter (an animal) for other than Allāh, like the one who slaughters for a jinn or for a grave.
The second: Whoever sets up intermediaries between himself and Allāh, calls on them, asks them for things, and places his trust in them, then he has disbelieved, by way of scholarly consensus.
The third: Whoever does not declare the polytheists to be disbelievers, or he doubts their disbelief or approves of their way, then he has disbelieved.
The fourth: Whoever believes that guidance other than Muhammad’s (ﷺ) is more complete than his, or that the rulings of others are better than his rulings, like the one who prefers the rulings of at-ṭawāghīt 1 over his rulings, then he is a disbeliever.
The fifth: Whoever hates something that the Messenger (ﷺ) came with, even if he acts according to it, then he has disbelieved.
The sixth: Whoever mocks anything from the Religion of the Messenger or Allāh’s reward or punishment has disbelieved. The proof is the Statement of Allāh the Most High:
And who is more oppressive than the one who is reminded with the Verses of his Lord and then he turns away from them? Verily, We will get retribution from the criminals. [al-Sajdah, 32:22]
And with respect to these things that nullify one’s Islām, there is no difference between the one who did them in jest, the one who did them intentionally, and the one who did them out of fear, except for the one who was forced. And all of them are from the most dangerous affairs and the most common that actually occur. So it is befitting that the Muslim be warned of them and be afraid of falling into them.
We seek refuge in Allāh from things that bring about His Anger and His severe punishment. And may Allāh raise the rank of the best of His creation, Muhammad, and that of his family and companions, and may He grant them peace.
At-ṭawāghīt is the plural of at-ṭāghūt. Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān mentions: “The meaning of at-ṭāghūt is every kind of rule other than Allaah’s rule, whether it be tribal laws, laws of the disbelievers, secular laws of France or England, or tribal customs. All of this is taaghoot. Similarly, to rule based on what fortune tellers say (is also at-ṭāghūt).”