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Resolution on Wrong Interpretation of Surah Al-Ikhlas

All Praise be to Almighty Allah.

Blessing and peace be on His Prophet Muhammad

after whom there is no prophet, and on all those

who followed his way of guidance.

 The Islamic Fiqh Council in its session held on Monday 10th Rabi Al-Aakhir 1403H examined the strange and objectionable article published by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Siyasah in its Issue No. 4776 dated Thursday 17 Dhul Hijjah 1401H (15 October 1981) under a misleading headline (Meaning of Tawheed: Literal Interpretation of Surah Al-Ikhlas and Its English Translation) signed by a person called : Muhammad Ahmad Al-Shimali, who in his article had audacity to play with the meanings of the Glorious Qur’an and bring out a strange mix of ignorance, imagination and distorted notions, which do not reflect except his mental disorder, as he claims that it is an interpretation of Surah Al-Ikhlas.

This new interpreter begins his interpretation of Surah Al-Ikhlas, by saying: ‘Qul’ is a predicate which has been advanced to mean that there is a person before the word ‘Qul’. ‘Huwa’ is pronoun of a subject that comes later to mean that God has made the person alone.

In this way, the misguided man goes on interpreting the remaining verses of Surah Ikhlas.

The Islamic Fiqh Council is of the view that it is not strange that among the mentally disturbed persons, there are those who consider themselves scholars and thinkers, which is a kind of sickness. However, the stranger thing is that a well-know Arab newspaper in an Arab and Islamic country publishes such a senseless material under a prominent headline to point out that this is the meaning of Tawheed derived from Surah Al-Ikhlas.

It is well known that this brief but marvelous Surah which has shown the reality of Tawheed in well-defined words was and would continue to be a great challenge in the face of different false ideas and notions.

If this senseless material is a literal interpretation of the great Surah Al-Ikhlas, then what this interpreter has left for the destructive sects which play with the verses of the Qur’an as much as they want to achieve their evil aims? Such follies in fact amount to crime against the Qur’an and apostasy from Islam.

How did it happen that an Arab newspaper whose proprietor belongs to the religion of Islam and lives in a Muslim country, made its pages available for such follies? How is it possible that the newspaper and author who has audacity to ridicule the Qur’an’s verses are free from the accountability enjoined by the constitutional provisions and laws of punishment as well as the rules of publication in the concerned country and all Arab countries?

For above as well as for the gravity of such irresponsible behavour in media and publication regarding audacity against Islamic faith and values, the Council decided to draw the attention of the authorities which are responsible for protection of the Islamic teachings and values. It also referred this resolution to the General Secretariat of the Muslim World League in order to send it to the higher authorities in the State of Kuwait and other countries so that they carry out their duty towards the Qur’an and the Sunnah in order to preserve their sanctity and protect them from being tools of game in the hands of those who want to misguide the thinking of people especially the youth through misusing the freedom of publication.

Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council

Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baz

Deputy Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council

Muhammad Ali Al-Harkan

Members:

Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al-Bassam

Saleh Fauzan Abdullah Al-Fauzan

Muhammad Abdullah Al-Subayil

Mustafa Ahmad Al-Zarqa

Muhammad Al-Sawwaf

Saleh Ibn Othaimeen

Muhammad Al-Shadhli

Muhammad Rasheed Qabbani

Muhammad Salim Abdul Wadood

Abdul Quddoos Al-Hashemi

Abu Bakr Mahmood Joumi

Muhammad Rasheedi

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