Alright so I am not a mufti, and I am no one to hand out fatwas against or for something, but at certain points, there are things that are obvious, situations where you have been given the weighing scale in case you want to measure things. It is obviously true that one should first look inside himself before labeling others as right or wrong; if someone is gone too far down the lane to a situation worse than ours, we would be fools if we don’t do our part in helping.
What I am talking about here is one of the most famous celebrities in India; Amir Khan, the actor. Amir Hussein Khan belongs to a staunch shia family. Being one of the most successful actors in the Indian film industry, naturally everyone knows about him. He has married twice in his 48 years, and both times, his wives were hindu. In 1986, he married Reena Dutta, a co-actor in one of his movies, and in 2005, he married again to a hindu named Kiran Rao.
Now, talking about his beliefs; Amir Khan believes that a religion is a religion after all, he hates classifications among them. He states outright that he is a Muslim and has his firm faith in Allah and His oneness, but he also states that he does not seek the 5 times daily prayers because he prays to Allah all the time in his mind. Also, he considers that whether he performs any of the five obligatory pillars of Islam or not, it is his own personal choice to which no one has a right to say anything.
Other than that, Amir Khan and both his wives had mutually agreed that either one of them will follow their own faiths individually without asking the other to convert. Amir also states that his children will be Muslims though his current wife Kiran Rao practices the hindu religion.
Let’s analyze these under the light of guidances given to us by Quran and Hadith now. We know that performing Salah, Hajj, Roza, Zakat and Shahadat are mandatory in Islam and every muslim is bound to fulfill these as “farz” –Amir khan doesn’t.
Regarding prayers we know that there are strict orders: “What led you into Hell? They will say; ‘We were not of those who prayed” (74:42-43). We also know that direct orders in the Quran can never be changed or altered or refuted upon will.
While talking about marrying Hindu women, we know that Allah (SWT) states in the holy Quran: “Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe. A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allure you” (al-Baqarah, 221). Now this is a direct order for women who are not from among the people of the book. This is the case with Amir Khan’s both marriages.
He talks about not classifying between religions and that he hates it. Well, Islam is the only true religion: “The only religion approved by God is Islam” (3:19). So if someone says that all religions are religions, he is wrong and is negating something specifically mentioned in the Quran.
Of course we have been ordered to respect the faith of others. There is the verse in Quran that states to you, your religion, and to me, mine. What we are talking about is denial of certain straightforward orders of Islam. A Kafir, is an unbeliever and out of the sources that we are ought to believe in, Quran is the utmost. If anyone denies Quran, he become an unbeliever in the strictest sense of the word, but like I have said above, I am no one to question anyone’s faith; I have my own transgressions and fallacies to face. I have my own sins to wash away before adjudicating over the faith of others. All I am trying to do, is put it on the table and Allah Knows best.
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